I’ve been re-reading a book which is rather timely (recommended by my sister – thank you, Helen!) called The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks.
In his book Gay talks about four places we’re functioning from; 1. Competence; 2. Incompetence; 3. Excellence; and 4. Genius1
Most of us are lurking in the first three zones because it can be uncomfortable to be in our zone of genius. It pushes us.
When I thought about it, I realized I was living in my zone of competence with some excellence mixed in.
Read – I was staying where I felt comfortable.
Yet the thing is, comfortable doesn’t always get us what we want.
When I first came across this concept back in 2003, I was still doing things like weeding the garden and cleaning the house and also our car, plus doing our basic bookkeeping. These jobs had zero enjoyment or sense of ‘flow’ for me.
When I let myself except that not only did I not relish doing them – they also weren’t the best use of my time, I found someone who could do (and actually enjoyed doing) the bits I didn’t want to do. For example, I contacted the local school and found a lovely young lad who came to clean our car. This gave him pocket money for his sport and freed up my time to – yes you’ve guessed it – explore my genius zone.
Interestingly, my relationships with loved ones were enriched, and our income grew.
So I invite you to ask yourself, what could you release for someone else to do? It just might make their day – and expand your own life into your genius zone.
1 In the genius zone, we can capitalize on our natural abilities which are innate, rather than learned. This is the state in which we get into “flow,” find ceaseless inspiration, and seem to not only come up with work that’s distinguished and unique; we also do so in a way that excels far and beyond what anyone else is doing. “How to Get into the ‘Zone of Genius’ and Unlock Your Highest Potential” B. Wiest (2018)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.