Look back over your life. What have you consistently done well? What have you loved to do? Stand at the intersection of your affections and successes and find your uniqueness. ~from Max Lucado's Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot
Can you identify the place where your past successes and deep feelings of satisfaction intersect? According to Lucado, that's your sweet spot. What I like about Lucado's explanation is that he tells us how to find it-- how to identify something that's already there.
A while back, my husband asked, "What have you done that you are most proud of?" At that time I wasn't quite sure where I was headed, even though I was the co-owner of a boutique marketing and PR company that had a very successful and lucrative account. But internally, I was struggling with a deep feeling of dissatisfaction. Something was off. But what?
I said without blinking, "Getting those essays published in Skirt." In a split second, I had identified a place where my success intersected with my affection. It took years to learn how to (and make a decision to) incorporate my sweet spot into my everyday life. It's an ongoing process, and like my career, my book, and my new, somewhat disorganized house, it's a work-in-progress.
Can you identify your sweet spot?