Apparently we all have a Zone of Genius. It is the space where our genius comes alive. You could say it is where your life purpose shines through. It is where you are in harmony with your innate potential.
Last article we looked at how we can harbor an internal setting that keeps us limited. Today we will look at one powerful leap towards raising the bar.
In Hendricks's book the Big Leap he identifies four zones we can operate through:
This can be really hard if you are floating happily in Excellence land. It feels good to stay there because you get recognition easily and people love that you are excellent at what you do. Same with Competence land.
Decades ago I had quit an administrative job as a Registrar and Admissions Director. It was where I excelled and I was asked to come back on multiple occasions. It was so tempting, yet I knew it was not my genius work. Coaching was my genius work. Taking abstract concepts and breaking them down into small easy to digest strategies was my genius work. I'm so grateful I said no, or I wouldn't be bringing you fun and empowering resources each week. So much more fun than crushing data points!
So, I'll ask you. Do you know what your Genius work is? Are you living there now? How often do you visit your Genius and allow it to bring you towards new important areas in your life?
Happy Monday! Hope you had a restorative weekend.
Did you know that a goldfish will grow to match the size of its surroundings? Fascinating. If a goldfish is kept in a small bowl, it stays small. If it is transferred into a larger tank, it grows larger.
I find this to be a powerful metaphor for coaching. As we help our clients see farther, think broader, their capacity expands.
The next few weeks I'll be doing a review of some of the key capacity expanding concepts outlined in The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks.
In Hendricks's book he brings up the concept of an internal thermostat.
He outlines that there is an internal setting we all have that kicks in when we've reached the "upper limit" of being comfortable with success. He says we all have a setting and most of us are unconscious about what our setting is.
The first thing to look at is your core fear and success. Not failure. Success.
He outlines the most common and calls these our "barriers".
Next, identify what behaviors indicate the fear has taken the driver's wheel. For example, do you worry, punish yourself or those around you, get sick or hurt, or deflect?
Last, when we catch the behavior we can flip the script. So, when I catch myself worrying I realize that my fear of being flawed has taken over and I can remind myself... "Welp. We are all flawed. And that is beautiful."
Which fear do you most harbor around success from the list above? What is the truth on the other side of the fear? Is success really a burden? No, you can handle it. Will you really leave behind people you love? Not if you don't want to and by stepping into your potential you invite others to step into theirs. Etc.
What behavior patterns do you succumb to when the fear of success shows up?
What script will you choose when these show up?
What does your life feel like without the fear?
How has it been going grappling with Einstein Time? Feel free to let me know in the comments if it worked for you. I'd love to hear from you!
Today is a video on the Myths of Coaching. To those new to coaching, you may find this a fun and engaging overview. For those of you in coaching, feel free to use this video as a resource.
Enjoy your week!
In Service to your Life Purpose,
Laurel Elders, PCC
Founder / Senior Faculty
So then what is Einstein's time?