You have certainly heard of being in the ZONE.
You may also be familiar with the idea of FLOW
which Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi made popular.
Perhaps you remember
The Hedgehog Concept
by Jim Collins.
What about Buechner's idea of "vocation"
or where your deep joy meets the world's great need?
These are all great ideas that describe the same reality. This is the reality of being at a place of great fittedness... you are suited for where you are and what you are doing is suited for who you are.
There is enormous congruence and overlap of your platform, your role, your strengths, your competencies, your passion . . . oh yes, and you can actually make a living doing this.
What an awesome place to be!
I just had a conversation with a leader who in the ZONE, loving it, being extremely fruitful, full of emotional intelligence, and contagious with his Vital Optimism.
A few days before that I had another conversation with a leader who feels absolutely stuck in the wrong job/role, in an organization/platform that is a serious values clash with who he is. But it pays the bills. It is income! For now - he is staying there because of the money it generates! He is not sure how long he can do this!
This is when the sacrifices don't seem so bad - more like opportunities.
This is when you give a full and dedicated day and you are not that tired at the end of it.
This is when you wake up excited about the day that lies ahead of you.
This is when you are challenged past your abilities, but not so far past that you have anxiety about being able to do what is asked.
It is not EASY to get to such a place... in fact, many of us cannot get there on our own. We need a great deal of self-awareness and insight that comes about through a wise process of guided discovery.
We often have to make hard choices to say no to some things, even good things, so we can reach out and seize hold of the right option, the highest good, the great thing that awaits us.
It will often require FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, COURAGE, PERSEVERANCE, the help of GOOD FRIENDS and the GRACE of God.
But it is so worth it . . .
I pray you are in this ZONE and FLOW . . .
And if you aren't, that you are seeking it . . .
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions Intl