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219. Living in Your Zone of Genius with Gay Hendricks

the daily helping podcast Aug 08, 2021

Today our expert guest is Gay Hendricks, one of the most influential people in the personal development space and one of our most popular previous guests. He’s been a leader in the field of relationship transformation and body-mind transformation for more than 45 years. After earning his PhD from Stanford in ‘74, Gay served as Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He’s written more than 40 books, including bestsellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap, and Conscious Loving. His new book, Conscious Luck, reveals eight ways to change your fortunes through the power of intention.

Ever since writing The Big Leap, Gay had continued to work with people, developing the two big ideas presented in that book: how to get out from your upper limit problem, and how to get into your genius zone. But once you’ve found your genius zone, what do you do in your day-to-day life to stay there? That’s what his new book, The Genius Zone, is about: living in your genius zone.

Most of us spend our time living in one of three zones, with very few spending time in the fourth. That first zone is where we spend a lot of time doing things we’re not good at and don’t enjoy. There are also many things we spend time on that somebody else could do just as well. The zone of excellence can be the trickiest, because it feels like what we should be doing, but it keeps us from that fourth zone: the genius zone. That is when you are doing what you most love and what makes the biggest contribution to the world.

Once we’ve discovered our genius zone, how do we stay there? Commitment is the first step. If you want to spend more time in your genius zone, you have to commit to doing whatever it takes to live there every day. You can’t operate with a divided mind. Once you know what you really want in your life, it will likely be simpler than you’d imagined. 

In the second part of this interview, Gay discusses the things we can do to stay in our zone of genius and truly live a life of purpose.

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