Gay Hendricks coined the phrase zone of genius in his 2009 book The Big Leap. Hendricks explains it this way, “Your genius is that activity or way of being that you are uniquely suited to do. It combines your innate gifts and practiced strengths. It feels effortless and creative and just plain good”. Others describe this as being in the flow. When you are there you know it. Time seems to stand still (or pass unnoticed). It comes to you naturally, without strain or effort, and leaves you feeling energized.
Your zone of genius is your unique footprint on the world and while we all have one, many of us are not tapped into it. Instead of working to improve your weaknesses (a typical performance improvement strategy), identifying your zone of genius allows you to amplify your natural strengths.
“The goal in life is not to attain some imaginary ideal; it is to find and fully use our own gifts.” – Gay Hendricks
Here are three tips to help you identify and magnify your zone of genius -
While doing things that we don’t enjoy will always be a part of work and life, finding ways to tap into your zone of genius will create more life satisfaction and success. And, it simply feels good!