“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
Do you think of yourself as ordinary? Nothing special. Forgettable. Maybe you are an average student. Maybe you are a “behind the scenes” kind of person. Maybe you never really stood out in your job or your life. Despite all of these “nots”, do you keep moving forward?
Are you still looking for your sweet spot? That place where your greatest passion and talents or abilities intersect. Its the special place where we feel most called, the thing that we love, that thing that we’re great at that makes life worth living. Living in the sweet spot means having the courage to follow your dreams, take risks and work harder than we ever thought to accomplish our goals.
Finding this spot is not always easy. I have been on a mission to find mine for some time now. Just when I think I found it – life throws me a curve. Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie visit reminding me that my gifts are not as good as “others”. I push the RESET button and remind myself that all gifts are essential whether they are in the spotlight or behind the scenes.
I am at a fork in the road. The point where I have to merge what I enjoy (my Thirty One business) and what I believe that I am truly good at (encouraging, raising money and making people smile) with my dreams of financial freedom and helping others. I know you are all thinking, it is a party-plan business so it is easy. Book, Sell Recruit – those are the basics of a successful business; if you do that, you will have found your sweet spot. For me, it isn’t that easy. Of maybe it is and I just am complicating things.
Finding my sweet spot has been messy, learning how to embrace the God-given talents I already have, rather than those I wish I had. Does this sound like any of you?
Are you fearless? Will you dare to take the plunge, even when it means risking failure? Philippians 4:13 reminds us: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)
I need to remember, as I am sure you do that we will make mistakes. We will mess up. We may have to admit defeat. Through it all, we need to keep going. We need to use those defeats as opportunities to discover what doesn’t work, but always persevere.
Each of us has a sweet spot. It is there, waiting for you, even if you haven’t quite found it yet. Ask for help to discover the gifts and talents you have been given. Ask for help finding that place where passion and abilities intersect. With God’s help, you can find it and you can do the work that you have been called to do.
Share your sweet spot with us so that we can CELEBRATE together.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!