Now I’ve got a lot of time for Confucius but I can remember thinking, ‘Yeah, right!’ when I first heard this quote. Well, I guess I would say that, seeing as at the time I wasn’t doing what I loved. I was teaching in inner London and whilst I found it satisfying in parts, I most certainly did NOT love it! Each and every day most definitely felt like ‘work’ that’s for sure and even holidays became increasingly like ‘recuperation from work’ periods.
Fast forward a couple of decades, I now know EXACTLY what that quotation means because I find myself in the most wonderful situation of finally doing what I love! (Better late than never, eh?)
Running my own business helping other women start a business and turn their passions into a profitable, fulfilling business IS what I love doing and at the risk of sounding like something out of a Mills and Boon book, it feels like the thing I was born to do. I am quite simply, ‘in my element’ – that’s not to say it’s all been plain sailing getting to this point but now I’m here it just feels ‘right’. There’s no longer that stressful tension between who I AM and what I DO – the two are aligned to form my very own, special sweet spot.
It may have taken me a long time to be in my element and find my illusive sweet spot and if I knew then what I know now, I’d have spent less time blindly stumbling through my ‘wilderness years’ and more time answering important questions like these:
- Who are you?
- No… who are you REALLY?
- What do you enjoy?
- No… what do you REALLY enjoy doing… we’re talking the sort of things that make your heart sing and time fly by.
- What are you naturally good at that?
What are the things you can do easily that others struggle with? The types of things others pass comment on?
- What would you most LOVE to do if you knew you couldn’t fail and that things like money and qualifications weren’t an issue?
And the most important question of all…
- Knowing all this – what are you going to DO about it, now?