I'm curious. Do you feel like you've found your Sweet Spot in business?
In working with my coaching clients and chatting with contemporaries, I've found it's not a single Sweet Spot that brings on deep satisfaction, rather it's found in a convergence of three important areas.
- Sweet People: Are you serving a community you love?
- Sweet Mentors: Are you learning with people who fire you up?
- Sweet Work: Are you doing work that feels awesome?
If you're not, how committed are you to finding and occupying your Sweet Spot?
I Ask Because:
I see an alarming number of people doing work they don't enjoy, serving people they don't care for, hanging mostly with contemporaries that feel the same way… with almost no sense of urgency – no real hope that it could ever change.
I could be describing a job, or a bad career choice – and for some, maybe I am.
That's not my focus in this post though, I'm describing people who work ‘for themselves' like I do. As strange as it sounds, there are entrepreneurs who have built a business that feels a lot like a job. In my humble opinion, that's a sad thing.
We Can Create Better For Ourselves
We're in charge of how we spend time and who we spend it with – if anyone can take stock and make changes that count, it's us.
Can we really nail all three areas? In the long run, I believe so. I know a LOT of amazing solopreneurs rocking it in all around. If you're not there – you can be. It takes time, knowing yourself well, creativity and intentional choices along the way.
What If You Considered All Things Possible?
Brainstorming is best approached with the mindset that anything is possible. Can you give it a try?
Read the following questions and jot down answers that make your heart sing. Sky's the limit!
Sweet Work: Given all the options in the world, what would you LOVE doing for a living?
- What would your days look like?
- How many hours a week would you work?
- Would you travel a lot? Or stay home?
- What tools would you need?
- Would you provide a service? Sell products? Offer consulting?
Sweet People: Who in all the world would you LOVE serving?
- What do you clients and customers look like, sound like, act like?
- Where do they live?
- What's important to them?
- What excites you about meeting their needs?
- What threatens their happiness and what would you like to do about it?
Sweet Mentors: Who is the world of your Sweet Work is a perfect guide?
- Who inspires you to action?
- Who's living the lifestyle you crave?
- Who lights you up with possibilities and makes you want to grow?
- Who has a way of helping you understand new things?
- Who would you love to partner with one day?
When You're Done
Sit with it for awhile. Set it aside. Come back to it. Dream a little. Let it soak in.
Now, you may be looking at your notes and thinking “Well, this is all ‘Pie in the Sky' stuff – what am I supposed to do with it?”
Focus on the Sweet Work first.
Take a fresh look at everything you do in your business today and compare it to this beautiful dream of a future. Look for areas that cross over. Surely you're doing SOME work you love today? Make a big list of what IS working for you.
Now, spot the problems areas… what are you doing that's a far cry from your dream? Make a list of those activities too. How many things are you doing that could just be crossed off your list – or outsourced?
Starting The Very Next Day
Moved towards more of what makes you happy!
Make one choice that makes you smile & prioritize work that satisfies.
I'm not suggesting you procrastinate other work, rather you're making an intentional decision to pursue Sweet Work first.
As you focus in on your Sweet Work, I believe Sweet People and Sweet Mentors will follow naturally. That's definitely been my experience.