Four Days

I’m reading The Big Leap in an attempt to find my Zone of Genius.

According to the author, the Zone of Genius is the set of activities you are uniquely suited to do. They draw upon your special gifts and strengths.

I already know that finding my genius zone is going to be a challenge. It’s going to take some intentional effort to peel away the layers of gunk to hopefully find what I am looking for. In the book, the author directs the reader to ask several questions in order to find the elusive Zone of Genius.

The first question is: What do I most love to do? I love it so much I can do it for hours without getting tired or bored.

Why is this question so difficult to answer? Off the top of my head … I love to:

  • Cook

  • Eat

  • Write about food

  • Exercising

  • Teaching people how get and stay healthy

  • Researching

  • Creating exercise and meal plans

  • Reading

  • Watching movies

  • Crocheting

What are the things on this list that I could do for hours without getting tired or bored?

  • Researching

  • Creating exercise and meal plans

  • Eating and writing about food

When I first became a certified fitness trainer six years ago, I loved training clients one-on-one. When I eventually moved into group training sessions, I found that I liked those less, but I still found some enjoyment. When I then moved into virtual training, I really loved that. Interviewing the client and getting in their head to find out what their actual goals were and then taking that information to create a plan that would work for them – that was the best. I could do this for free and if I ever do it again, it will be. I got discouraged with this because it takes a very special type of client to be disciplined enough to have a virtual coach. I am at my best when I am working with people who really want help and not a quick fix. Unfortunately, the majority of people want quick fixes.

I was in heaven when I was going to restaurants every week and creating restaurant reviews. I got paid $0 for this and I didn’t care. I just did it because I loved it. My restaurant reviews not only helped people make decisions about where to eat, but it also gave me an opportunity to discover what I liked and didn’t like. I learned so much about food and wine. Food became more than nourishment, food was, and still is, a source of pleasure. There is nothing better than a perfectly prepared meal, with the perfect glass of wine. It’s a bonus if you have the perfect dinner companion, but I could do these by myself and enjoy it just as much.

I’m not sure if either of these areas is my genius zone. I still have more research to do obviously. As I journey to 56, I am open to the fact that there is something else for me out there and that something else lies within my Zone of Genius.

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