In life as well as at work, everyone has that invariable place they call the “sweet spot,” which is where they find the greatest happiness while also working at full capacity. Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi refers to it as Flow; the spot where people are able to remain happy in what they’re doing.
However you classify that state of being, the more important question is whether or not you have achieved it. If you have, is it still continuing? If you haven’t ever found that happy place or you’re currently not residing there, it’s time to explore how to get back to it to help you achieve your life and career aspirations while feeling a strong sense of satisfaction.
To get started, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions. What gets you going? What makes you energized? How do you turn the switch to “on” and keep it there? It’s not a one size fits all type of problem to solve because it depends on pinpointing your own hot buttons, which many other people probably don’t share. The key is to sit down and think about how to engage that part of you so you produce more and remain happy doing it. Try completing this exercise in a free-flowing state that will allow you to write down whatever comes to mind.
After you’ve had a chance to ponder where you’d be most productive and happy, you have to actually make a plan on how to get there. Even if it means a different career path, a job or company change, or a life alteration. It may be a large undertaking, it might be scary, or it could completely take you out of your comfort zone. Regardless, it’s important to understand that the journey doesn’t have to happen overnight to get you where you want to be. In addition, you can also make little changes to help get you closer to the sweet spot while still working toward the end game of entering the perfect state of Flow.
Sitting down and really thinking about where to take your career, life, or both, should be something you do often and not just when you’re starting to feel stagnant. It’s also good to confirm you’re still doing what gives you the most satisfaction while meeting your own personal goals and aspirations.