In my MasterMind group, we often talk about how we bring all of our gifts and talents and quirks and foibles to the work we do. Just to back up for a moment, MasterMind is a group that meets regularly from diverse business backgrounds to support each other in building our businesses. My group happens to be all women and we have been together for three years. This group has come to provide a trusted environment where we have freedom to talk without editing.

One of our first conversations was about how one of the group’s members could find a really good personal assistant and then how she would use the newly created time wisely. We all agreed that time can simply disappear if we are not intentional about how we spend it.

The conversation turned to the topic of what our natural creative GENIUS might be and the value of spending more time in the GENIUS zone. There is a simple model that I refer to all the time that has four levels of competency.

  • Excellence
  • Competent
  • Incompetent

I have seen this model used in slightly different ways by people such as Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach and Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks of the Hendricks Institute. Both describe stepping into your GENIUS or Unique Ability as similar to what psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, calls ‘peak experience’ or ‘flow’ states.

Your GENIUS lines up with your MBTI preferences. Reading your type description can help you to identifying when you are in the zone. The GENIUS state is natural and easeful even when what you are doing is challenging and calls on you to be all that you can be.

I have met many women who are quick to itemize a long list of things to change about who they are. These women can easily come to view themselves as a never-ending self improvement project. This is a cycle that never ends. How much better to really know yourself, know your strengths and your core motivation, know what gives you energy and what is aligned with your interests and passion. Working in alignment with your preferences leads to an approach to business that is sustainable and ultimately more attractive to your clients.

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