In Why the Brain Talks to Itself (2009), Daniel Gilbert and Timothy Wilson found:
“The brain generates mental simulations (previews) of future events, which produce affective reactions (premotions), which are then used as a basis for forecasts (predictions) about the future event’s emotional consequences. Research shows that this process leads to systematic errors of prediction.”
“Passionate” is a word I’ve always had trouble with… Only idiots seem to regularly start sentences with “I’m passionate about…” Passionate about what? “Sales”? “Nutrition”? “Computers”? I don’t seem to feel that way about anything, though I’m jealous of those who do, despite my slight disdain.
It must be wonderful to be so driven, and to be so certain about the direction to push. Those people are blessed with a lodestar while some of us are scrabbling int he dark.
So, given that that kind of certainty and motivation is vanishingly unlikely to spontaneously appear, how do I generate drive and direction?
This article, from CareerShifters.org, has some possible ways of thinking about that.
What are my “little yeses”? What do I do that I enjoy, that I find easy, that I find stimulating and interesting? What do I do that I keep coming back to?
Reading. Reading about all sorts of things, but especially about science, psychology, history and humanity. Fiction too, but philosophically.
Writing. Writing here. Writing on social media where I am constrained by the lack of anonymity, the need for brevity and the need to be funny and/or interesting.
Bikes. Riding them. Racing them. Fixing them.
Making things with my hands. Solving problems. Crafting. Engineering. Bodging. Customising. Modifying. DIY.
These, or something like them, might be the glimmer of a few fairy lights that could guide me out of this hole.
It’s not much, yet, but it’s a start. Or the start of a start.