We all have those euphoric moments while working. It's that magic combination of challenge, ease, and excitement that produces the kind of performance we want to repeat--a feeling of being in the Zone.
Peak performance moments have been my obsession for most of my life. I live for them. I was determined to figure out how to replicate them more often. When it comes down to it, the formula for operating in your Zone of Genius is quite simple. It's the combination of your top talent with your purpose.
Is it as easy as that sounds? Yes and no. It's easy once you define and implement those two data points, and use them daily. It's hard because most of us aren't used to operating that way. We create limits for ourselves.
Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and explore the possibilities? How does it feel to really embody your Zone of Genius? Take the Yes/No quiz below to see how close you are to maximizing your potential, on a regular basis, at work:
1.) I am clear about my purpose and apply it to my day-to-day work.
2.) I use my talent in my daily tasks at least 80 percent of the time.
3.) I feel engaged and excited many times each week about my work.
4.) I am rarely bored with the work I am doing.
5.) I am making an impact on others that gives me immense satisfaction.
6.) I am viewed as an effortless expert at what I do.
7.) My co-workers enjoy working with me and have, at times, said I am inspiring.
8.) My own unique perspective is a core component to my success moments.
9.) I have a clear career vision that incorporates my Zone of Genius (talent and purpose) and I don't think often of retiring or changing jobs.
10.) I am currently in my dream job.
Count the number of Yes's to discover if you are maximizing your potential:
9-10 Yes's: You are using your Zone of Genius like a rock star. You know what makes you unique and you are clear about your impact and career potential. You have no doubts about what you want. You're creating success for yourself and having a blast along the way. You know yourself well and it reflects in your work and contentment. Congrats!
6-8 Yes's: You are more than halfway there. You feel mostly clear about what you like and what you're good at, yet there is something missing. You are in your Zone of Greatness, but not yet Genius--perhaps you need more clarity about your impact. Things are going well in your job but could be more fulfilling. Some support would help uncover that missing link and help you move forward to avoid stagnating.
3-5 Yes's: You are in the midst of career transition. You're struggling to get a sense of what it is that you do best or finding a venue for your purpose. Most likely, you're needing help outside yourself to gain momentum. You aren't failing in your current role, but you aren't happy. You are feeling stuck and perhaps overwhelmed sifting through all the possible options on your own. You're at a crossroads--keep plugging along or pursue help to get clear and move forward.
0-2 Yes's: You are miserable. You feel stuck and cringe when someone asks what you do. You are frustrated. You wonder why it's so hard to find or create work that you love. You may have had successes but not enough or the kind you want. You have big dreams but can't clearly define your talents or your purpose and it's preventing you from moving forward. You may need help and you may need it fast.
This quiz helps to evaluate your current state of being with your work. Whether you're patting yourself on the back for being in your Zone, working toward it, or in need of a total revamp--it will leave you thinking about your next step.