4 Tips for Discovering Your Sweet Spot
- October 18, 2017
- Achieve the Exceptional
On the tennis court, world-class players know exactly where the sweet spot of the racket is located and strive to strike the ball within that zone every time. Here’s why: Hitting the sweet spot generates maximum power, allows more control of the ball, and feels awesome. You accomplish all of this with the least amount of effort.
Our personal and professional sweet spot has the same benefits. When we know where the sweet spot is and work within that area, we are more in command, more energized, and most effective. We maintain our energy because it feels effortless. Conversely, if we consistently miss the sweet spot, we feel uninspired and discouraged.
Your sweet spot is where your ambition, passion, and strength are all in alignment. When they intersect, you experience greater success and have more fun in the process.
Here are 4 tips for discovering your sweet spot.
- You have a sweet spot. Some people haven’t found theirs because they don’t think they have one, don’t recognize they have one, or have never tried to find one. Everyone has their own unique sweet spot, and only that person can decide where it is. Remember, you can do something in a way that no one else can. Billions of people have walked this earth, and no one has a sweet spot exactly like yours.
- Look at where you have been. We have all heard that you can’t live in the past. That is true; however, we can learn a great deal about our sweet spot from the past. As you look back on your life, where have you consistently found fulfillment? Perhaps it was fixing something, problem solving, or mastering technology. Now, what were the activities in your past in which you flourished? In other words, regardless of any obstacles, when were you wildly successful? When you identify the areas in your life where you both flourished and found fulfillment, you will begin discovering your sweet spot.
- What would you do for free? We all have something in our lives that is so enjoyable that financial rewards are insignificant. Granted, it is difficult to find work that is completely within your sweet spot. A more realistic goal is to find a career in which you are working within your sweet spot the majority of the time.
- Don’t dwell on your sour spot. Once you find your sweet spot, don’t spend time trying to work on your sour spot. Here’s why: If you try to fix an area of weakness, you may go from being awful to average. However, if you work within your sweet spot, you can move from middling to magnificent. I was born with one finger on my right hand, and two fingers on my left hand, so naturally playing the piano was a sour spot. Instead of seeing this as a disadvantage, however, I focused on my advantage, my sweet spot.
One more thought: Once you have discovered your unique gifts and talents, make the commitment to sweeten your sweet spot. Look for ways to improve who you are and what you do continually. This will take your results from excellent to extraordinary.
You have a future filled with promise and possibilities! Think of what you will accomplish when you focus on your sweet spot.