What do I really enjoy? What gives me joy?How do I take care of myself…
I got this question What to do when you don’t know what you want? and I think it is a great one.
Talking about asking for what you want does not help or empower much when you don’t have wishes or desires.
Or is it possible that you don’t know what you want?
I think it is totally possible to not be in touch with what you want. Or just feel so down that nothing is exciting.
Or maybe you have learned early on that what you want is not important and saying what you want is selfish and egoistic. If we learn as a child to repress our wants we will need some effort to get back in touch with our wants.
So what to do when you don’t know what you want? ?
I believe we all have preferences – even if small ones.
You can start with checking in with things like:
Do I want to sit or stand? Do I want to talk or listen? Do I want to eat or not to eat?
and so on.
Your body will tell you what options feel better.
By listening to your body, you start to notice your smaller and bigger preferences.
Just give yourself time to notice the reactions and subtle changes in your body.
A bit of tightness or tension is a no.
Relaxing, releasing, expanding tends to be a yes.
You can learn again to access your wishes and desires.
Like you were able to when you were a child.
And the next step is to voice them, even though that might be scary.
Because: The best way to get what you want is to ask.
So: when are you going to start asking?
You might like this video about Asking For What You Want and this blog post about the art of asking for what you want and what steps to take if you are nervous to ask.
This video is also related to the topic: what is the difference between asking for what you want and controlling (=demanding what you want).
Soooo: What do you want right now?
How do you know that is what you want?
What happens in your body when you think about it?
Tuulia (& Pete)