Live In Your Zone Of Genius To Create Epic Success
When you’re not living from your zone of genius, life beckons you with prompts and alarms to alert you to stop what you’re doing and share your unique gifts to the world.
Here’s what I’m talking about today…
- When you experience a call to genius in life
- Finding your zone of genius
The weirdest thing happened to me a few years ago.
I was working as a product consultant creating recruitment assessments for big companies.
I convinced myself that I was proud to be working in a role that was related to my master’s degree in business psychology. It wasn’t long until I became extremely unfulfilled, disconnected and depressed.
I felt pressured to be everything but myself and felt like I was being trained to walk, talk and work like a robot.
I was beckoned with alarm bells, such as experiencing negativity, office politics, feeling unfulfilled and making mistakes to sabotage my success in the role.
But I didn’t think I was worthy of anything more so I continued to play small and self sabotage.
If you’ve read my previous article on our upper limit problem you’ll understand the link between self sabotage and our success comfort zone.
I refused to listen because I was avoiding facing the pain of not being happy. I continued to live in denial and then the weirdest thing EVER happened.
It was a sledge hammer…
I was made redundant and was paid a lump sum to leave the organisation.
I acknowledged that this was a strong call to do something different. It wasn’t long until I realised that I had only been living up to 1% of my potential and that I was capable of being, doing, having and creating so much more.
Looking back now, I experienced a call to genius to express my natural gifts passionately to the world. It wasn’t long until I discovered coaching and I’ve never looked back since.
When you realise that you’ve expended your energy doing things that don’t bring joy or satisfaction in your life, you’ll start to value your unique gifts that you have to offer the world.
It’s also reassuring to know that you don’t have to know how to do everything in your life. Doesn’t it feel amazing to know that you don’t need to be a know it all at everything? You only have to show up doing the things that you’re meant to do!
This applies to your business too. If you’re an overachiever like me, you might be burning yourself out by doing everything in your business.
When you take everything on in your business, you experience exhaustion and hold yourself back from growing. Yep, this is self sabotage at play again.
You’re forgetting about the power of leverage, such as only focusing on the things that matter and outsourcing tasks that others can do better than you.
Gay Hendricks argues that to expand our perceived comfort zone of success we have to live more in our genius. Funnily enough, when you’re living in your zone of genius you create more joy, money and abundance in your life.
You know when you’re in your zone of genius when you’re working on something and time flies by. You could be spending hours writing articles for your website and because it energises you so much, those 5 hours can feel like 20 minutes.
I’d recommend reading the book, but if you follow these 4 steps you’ll realise the things that you don’t need to be doing in your business.
THE ZONE OF INCOMPETENCE
First of all, you have to start with your zone of incompetence. Ask yourself, what are the activities that you do in your business? These are all the things you do that you’re not good at but you continue to do them even when others could do it better than you.
Find clarity by going through the questions below:
What activities do you do in your business that you’re not good at?
What tasks do you find difficult?
What tasks take you all day to do?
Once you’ve discovered the things that you’re incompetent at you want to stop doing those activities and add them to your AVOID AT ALL COSTS LIST.
Start saying no when someone asks you to do those activities and delegating those tasks to somebody who could do them better. If you’re hiring new people onto your team you want to make sure that your zone of incompetence is somebody else’s zone of genius.
THE ZONE OF COMPETENCE
The second step is to think about the things that you’re ok at that don’t give you much joy. These are most likely to be activities that you had to learn and only give you a small amount of satisfaction. The questions below will help you to find clarity on your zone of competence.
What activities do you do in your business that you’re ok at?
What things do you do in your business that you’re good at but remind you that you’re not living up to your potential?
If you’re expending too much time and energy in this zone too much time in this area you’re never going to be fulfilled.
THE ZONE OF EXCELLENCE
The third step is to think about your zone of excellence. These are activities that you perform extremely well at.
The danger of your zone of excellence is that you can become known for being good at these activities but they keep you in your comfort zone. Ask yourself, “what do I have a reputation for in my career?”.
What am I really good at? What’s my “thing” in my business?
Once you’re aware of what you have a reputation for being known for, you’ll see how you stay working in this zone. It’s often the place where your friends and family want to stay because it seems safe and secure.
The only problem with your zone of excellence is if you stay inside this zone, you end up feeling resentment and guilt for not living to your full potential.
There is only one place where you’ll truly thrive and create epic success and that’s…
THE ZONE OF GENIUS
When you’re expressing your natural gifts you’re on the ultimate path to fulfilment and epic success.
Your zone of genius is the set of activities that you are uniquely suited to do because they are in line with your strengths.
When you’re not living from your zone of genius, life beckons you with prompts and alarms to wake up to your life.
These are often disguised as burnt out, injuries, depression and relationship conflict. These calls are reminding us to pay attention to creating and living from our natural genius.
For me, it was when I was working as a consultant for a psychometric consultancy and I was creating questionnaires and writing reports.
I started to experience alarm bells in the form of office politics, feeling unfulfilled, depressed and being made redundant.
At the time, I thought it was the end of the world but now I’m eternally grateful because it pushed me in a different direction. I’ve never looked back since.
What do you do in your business where time flies?
What makes you SO happy?
What do you LOVE to do that you’re naturally gifted at?
What would you do all day long for free?
Once you’ve discovered your zone of genius make it your priority to spend more time in that space.
When you have alignment between what you say you’re passionate about and your calendar you’ll experience ultimate alignment and ease.
Until you spend 70% of your time working in your zone of genius, you’ll continue to experience frustration, resentment, guilt and low self-integrity.
You’re here to express your unique genius on this planet and everybody is waiting to see those special gifts that only you have.
I’d love to hear about your struggles, breakthrough stories and insights. Leave a comment below and let me know..
What’s alarm bells have you been beckoned with on your call to genius?
What’s your zone of excellence?
What’s your zone of genius?
Your road to epic abundance and success begins now.
With so much appreciation and gratitude,