We can divide a calendar into four quarters. The first quarter ends on March 31st.. The second on June 30th. The third on September 30th. The fourth on December 31st.
Today is June 30th, the end of the second quarter. Tomorrow, July 1, marks the beginning of the third quarter.
Is there a goal or passion project you’ve been thinking about, but because you’re not sure if it’s the right one or how long it will take, you keep putting it off?
Try committing to it for only the next 90 days. Take the pressure off yourself. But commit to taking one action every single day towards that goal (e.g. write a page, read a play or scene, run a mile, etc…) until September 30th.
At the end of the third quarter, re-evaluate.
Was it enjoyable? Were there any days you wanted to do more work? Do you want to keep going? Great. Committ to it again for the fourth quarter.
If not, congratulate yourself. You just found out what you don’t want to do. That’s just as helpful as figuring out what you do want. (Maybe you discovered something else you might want to do instead. That can be your fourth quarter project.)
You also just demonstrated to yourself that you’re the kind of person who honors their commitments. Even when they don’t feel like doing it. That’s the definition of a professional.
Just imagine what you can accomplish and how much joy you’ll have when you find the thing you really love.