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Here’s an interesting piece that FocalPoint Business Coach, Lee Richardson, wrote.
Billy Currington sings a song called “I’m pretty good at drinking beer.”
Brian Tracy talks about doing what you love, doing what you are made to do.
Currington goes on and on about what he can’t do:
I wasn't born for diggin’ deep holes
I'm not made for pavin’ long roads
I ain’t cut out to climb high line poles
But I'm pretty good at drinkin’ beer
Apparently, Currington is also pretty good at performing music – or he wouldn’t be all over those Nashville charts. And music is his passion – just read his bio.
The fact of the matter is, if you’re following your passion, you’re going to stay late, work weekends and push yourself to learn as much as you can. Not for a paycheck but because you want to do it.
Heck, you might not even be aware you’re doing it.
Once you’re working in “the zone,” or as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi called it, “flow,” you’re completely absorbed in what you’re doing. You lose track of time, you are using your best talents to their maximum capacity – or you’re striving toward that maximum.
Remember when you were a kid and you would go out and play, and ten seconds later your mom would call you in? Only it hadn’t been ten seconds, it had been all afternoon.
That’s what I’m talking about. Imagine if your workday was like that.
So how do you get to that point?
“Your job is to continually hold up a mirror to yourself and refuse to work at anything that is not an expression of everything that is good and capable within you.”
Figure out what you would really enjoy doing - that is if you aren’t doing it already. Brian recommends you even go so far as to ask the people close to you what they think you would be good at.
But -- what if you're already doing what you love? How come it don’t flow no more?
Maybe there’s a glitch in your system. Maybe you’re doing too much administrivia to enjoy what you love about your work.
Maybe its time to call in a FocalPoint Business Coaching Professional to help you reassess where you are in your business and in your life. We have coaches all over Canada, the USA, Indonesia and the UK.
And let’s just be clear here – “flow” has nothing to do with the way a cold beer can pour into a glass. Really.