People often fail in their careers because they have been trying to live out someone else’s idea of what their life’s work should be. ~ Marcia Menter
I used to resemble that! The battle within showed up through a lot of job-hopping in my 20’s and 30’s, toggling between “acceptable” job choices and those more aligned with my desire to do work that matters, and help others do the same.
I find these 10 words in the opening quote most significant: They have been trying to live out someone else’s ideal.
Consider this …
What does it do to your spirit when you engage in work that is not congruent with your values, ideals, gifts and talents?
How much energy is consumed trying to stay above water when you are swimming in the wrong pond, or with the wrong people?
It can’t be good for your business, nor for your health.
When I wrote Business from Bed, I interviewed a variety of business owners who had been significantly impacted by a life-changing health setback. Every person I talked to reported that one of the most positive aspects of having become ill was a renewed commitment to their ideals and values. If they had sublimated them before, their illness or injury took that option away.
They also reported that the more congruent they became, the more energy they had and the better they felt. I had the same experience. You can’t “bounce back” from an illness that consumes months or years of your life without making a few soul-level, life affirming changes.
What’s Your Sweet Spot?
In place of Sweet Spot I could use the term “right livelihood,” of which there are several definitions. They all encompass the same ideals: making a good living using your innate gifts and talents doing meaningful work that benefits other people.
I find nothing more rewarding than working with someone determined to identify the characteristics of their “sweet spot,” sharing the moments when they link their gifts, talents, ideals and values with their business efforts. It doesn’t matter if they come to me for help with marketing, personal effectiveness, or a business growth issue, the best outcomes are achieved when they match their business goals and strategies with their core desires.
- They feel better
- They have more energy
- Their anxiety decreases
- They take better care of themselves
- They are happier at the end of the day
- Their business results improve
Question: What have you noticed in your own life about the intersection between your “Sweet Spot” and improved vitality?