There are many times when you find yourself lacking motivation and direction. This is because you are not working and living in your zone of brilliance. And if you are not there, writing a book can seem like pulling hens’ teeth…
I found myself there recently, so I set out to declutter what wasn’t working. This was uncomfortable.
After doing this, I jumped into my creative space and worked on what would bring me joy and where I felt I could shine brightly.
The review came up with the idea of what I call little books. These are books born out of the creative space and your zone of brilliance. These are books that are less than 20,000 words (more or less) and are easy to write and publish in a short space of time.
Who doesn’t want to write a super simple, stress-free book?
I used to write massive amounts of words for books and then found that during the editing phase, I simply gave up because there was so much to do it killed my creativity and left me bored. That’s not to say I didn’t love what I’d written, more that it was too much and overwhelming.
I had a serious chat with myself that sent me off in many directions looking for answers. One of which was to dig out my 2016 Human Design report. It was fascinating. I am a 3/6 emotional projector. Google it. You can find yours at mybodygraph.
Now, I can’t promise you that it will make much sense. That’s why if you are intrigued you need to Google your type and possibly read a book. I’ve listened to lots of podcasts, watched Masterclasses and read books. And I am still learning.
It turns out that Projectors are here to guide you. That’s why we love to teach, which is what we want to be known for. Teaching something useful to others is our driving force. Tell us to stop creating and teaching, and we will wither. We are masters at mastering systems and then showing others how to use them easily.
Give us chaos, and we will create a process.
Knowing this sent me down a path of being honest with myself. I looked at what kind of books I loved to read and write and why. Then I created a system of doing it for other creatives who love to share their ideas and knowledge quickly and easily.
Not doing things that create joy simply creates stress, and I know what I prefer…
On the downside of wanting to write a book, I know of many coaches who are stressed and exhausted from doing everything on their own. Their days are filled with administrative tasks. And that doesn’t even count the hours needed to market the business and coach clients.
I can hear you saying try finding more time in the day!
I solved some of my time problems by hiring a VA, but I also, as I said, looked at getting rid of what wasn’t working and chose to fall in love with my work – all over again. I had to be in my creative space and my zone of brilliance.
I came up with an intention. Work needed to be creative, fun and meaningful.
What’s in your Zone Of Brilliance?
Time for you to do a bit of introspection, mind map and write a few lists.
Let’s start off by exploring whether or not you’re doing work you love. Do you jump out of bed, eager to start your workday? Or do you hit that snooze button and find multiple reasons to procrastinate?
Finding work that excites you will make your business fun and profitable. Then, when you’re eager to do the work, you’ll spend your day doing things you love. Well, mostly, you still have to do some yukky things!
Knowing which tasks you love also makes it easier to recognise when the right opportunities appear, which ultimately leads to more profit. You won’t be stuck taking every client that knocks on your door; you’ll learn how to be pickier and only work with those with whom you feel a connection.
Having the right little book or series of books will help those who don’t know you get to know you better. And you can use your book in 121 sessions, group coaching, masterclasses etc.
What is work that you love?
But how do you determine if this is work you love? How do you know if this is part of your life’s calling?
Hopefully, you will get one of two ah-ha moments shortly. You may discover that you’re in the exact business you should be in, or you may find that you’re not in love with your work. Then, you’ll have to make some shifts to course correct. Of course, neither of these answers is right or wrong; you just need to be honest with your introspection to get on the right path.
And from there write the right book…
Gone are the days of trying to produce snazzy content, simply because you think there’s no alternative. Every circumstance has an alternative; sometimes, you just have to get into the creative space to see it.
Finding your Zone Of Brilliance
Hate Doing And Don’t Do Well
This includes tasks you hate, don’t understand or aren’t good at. For example, some people adore bookkeeping and admin, while others would rather poke their eyes out with a red hot poker than do their quarterly accounts or file things away.
Others may complain about the difficulty of writing a book because they don’t know how. They may outline a book and never understand why they can’t get started on the writing. Or they will start writing, get overwhelmed at what is to come, and hate the whole process before trying to understand it.
This is getting stuck before you have even started…
CAN Do, But Don’t Enjoy
These will be things that you make yourself do. If you don’t enjoy those tasks, place them in this area. For example, it could be the thought of writing a book. It seems possible and feasible, but you don’t enjoy the thought of having to write 40-60k words. You’d much rather write shorter blog posts but often procrastinate on those too.
Tasks for me in this area are editing long-form books and interior formatting.
Skilled, Enjoy, But Something Is Missing
This is a tricky one because it includes tasks you’re usually very skilled at and that you also enjoy. Many people make good money in this area but usually have a nagging feeling that “something” is missing. Some coaches even mistake this area for their zone of brilliance because they have found some level of success here.
What goes on your list here? Be honest! These are probably your comfort zone things.
This includes thinking of a book idea, outlining and writing the first draft in a short time. I find it easy to write lots of words once I have a structure. But then my energy fizzles at the thought of having to edit 60k words.
What was missing for me was that although I could do this, I got so much more joy from smaller books that I could complete in a shorter timeframe.
The trap I found myself in on client work was that when clients got stuck in the writing phase, I would write for them instead of encouraging them to write a smaller book. Then I jumped (a fixer) in so the book could get done in the required timeframe. Leaving me feeling resentment for taking on too much.
Love, Love, Love – Your Zone Of Brilliance
This is where you can do it, and you love, love, love doing it. People can see you shining brightly when doing it; it feels easy, brings you joy and gives you a sense of meaning, purpose and fulfilment.
This is the zone you want to spend most of your time in. This is your zone of passion, purpose and profit. It is a place of meaning and one where you love to explore and grow yourself from.
What I love here is thinking of a book idea for myself (or my clients), that I really want to write and that fits in with what I teach. From there, the outline and writing flow in a short time. Finally, editing is easy as the book is shorter, and you know it will be published in weeks rather than months.
Why is your Zone of Brilliance so important?
When operating in this zone, you can easily enter your creative space and access the “flow state” faster and easier, so you naturally get things done faster, easier, and better. You can be more productive because you’re working most efficiently with this positive energy. Ever hear the phrase, “In the zone”? That feeling of accomplishment and productivity comes from this zone.
You will also feel energised versus drained by what you are doing, so you can do more inspired work without feeling depleted. This drained feeling is also where you’ll see procrastination set in, simply because you’re bored or don’t want to do particular tasks. When you’re in this zone of brilliance, instead of feeling drained, you may actually feel like you have MORE time in your day because of how efficiently you’re working.
You’re most likely to produce exceptional work, which equals exceptionally happy clients and customers. When you do work that fills your heart and interests your brain, you have better clarity and more focus, which leads to the desire to make the work awesome rather than just finishing it so you can move on.
Finding your zone of brilliance is a process; you CAN find yours if you’re willing to put in the introspective work and keep your mind open to making changes in your business. The good news is that you don’t have to recreate your business to find your thing or book. All it takes is some brainstorming and noticing how you feel about the small details.
The not-so-good news is that finding your unique zone of brilliance means making the necessary shifts to spend more time in your zone. Like any other form of personal development, you’ll need time to decide where your zone lies and how you can embrace it so you can spend most of your time there.
Write a book from your Zone Of Brilliance
The problem might be that once you are in your zone of brilliance, you want to share all you know in a massive book. Stop, please don’t. Write a book from your zone of brilliance. Keep it short and make it easy for you.
Brainstorm your brilliant transformational process, then make it simpler and turn the short, simple form into a book or series of books.
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