We all want to find our sweet spots - the intersection of our motivations, passions, and talents, that can allow us to deliver the most unique value for our efforts and bring us satisfaction and fulfilment.
When we’re operating in our sweet spots, we feel inspired to do great things, we’re confident that we can achieve them because we’re using our talents, and we enjoy the process (even when it’s challenging).
It’s not just about doing things, it’s a way of being.
The problem is that most people don’t know what their sweet spot is. And they don’t take the time to figure it out. Rather, they get lost in the seemingly comforting excuses of pointless busyness.
I’ve learned that to find your sweet spot, you’ll need to understand your deepest motivations, develop awareness of your talents and courage to express them, and create a structure for your life that allows you to do what you like to do every single day:
Start with a cause; your ‘why’; your North Star; your source of motivation. You will find it by contemplating what problems you want to solve in the world and the impact that you want to make.
Then, understand your strengths and your talents, and identify ways in which you can use them to work on that cause.
Finally, create a life structure that lets you work on your cause. And it doesn’t have to be only one full-time job. There are many different structures that you could use to operate in your sweet spot (check out my book Combinatory Living for some inspirations).
Of course it’s easier said than done. It takes time, a lot of consistent action, and experimentation. But in the end, the effort is worth it.
So, what actions can you take today to get (at least a bit) closer to your sweet spot?