A thought by John C. Maxwell, (2012-10-02) from his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential (pp. 23-24). Center Street. Kindle Edition.
Rick Warren says that God has given us a SHAPE. S – Your Spiritual Gifts, Heart – Your passion, A – Your Abilities, P – Your Personality, E – Your Experiences. Your SHAPE tells you what God created you to do.
Another way to say SHAPE is to call it your Sweet Spot. Now there is a Sweet Spot on a baseball bat and also a golf club and when you hit the baseball or golf ball on the Sweet Spot the ball will go farther than you could imagine. You hit the Sweet Spot.
When you are working in your Sweet Spot you will be energized but when you are working in anything other than your Sweet Spot, your SHAPE, then your task will de-energize you. That is why so many people are not energized in what they do because they are doing what they do for the wrong reason. They are doing it for status, for money, for recognition, for their parents, anything other than what they were created to do then they will be living way below their potential.
John Maxwell says it like this, “When what motivates you lines up with what satisfies you, it is a powerful combination.” In other words, you hit your Sweet Spot. So to really be effective in your life you need to spend some time finding out who you really are. This book by John Maxwell is a good place to start. Just click on the title of the book up at the top and it will send you to Amazon.com where you can find the book. Another good book is StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Also Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? will give you some insight. The key is to find out who you really are and then do what you were built to do. It all starts with some investigation.