Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the sweet spot as the point or area on a bat, club, or racket at which it makes most effective contact with the ball. That long drive is the combination of many scientific and mathematical factors at play; all of which I’m sure I studied in Mr. Bross’ physics class. The moment you make contact with the ball in the sweet spot, you know it. There’s a feeling of strength, balance, and being centered.
I ski with Brundage Betties, a program that builds community through our shared love of skiing and the outdoors. We’d led by Patty Hovdey, an amazing community member and Olympic slalom athlete, who freely and joyfully shares her expertise and passion for the sport. Yesterday we were reminded to find our sweet spot underfoot, and stick it. It’s the fleshy part of your foot below your big toe. When you’re in that sweet spot, you feel strength, you feel connected to the mountain, and you feel your skis working with and for you. The R&D that goes into creating shaped skis serves you well. If you are sitting back on your heels everything is out of whack and not balanced.
I use the term “sweet spot” frequently to describe where I’m at in my life. It’s identifying that space where I am most alive, most engaged, and fueled by the very work I do. It’s getting clarity around the conditions that impact my ability to reach for my highest potential and seize it. I’m energized when I’m creating the spaces for individuals to step into and ignite the possibilities all around them. It’s the continuous cycle of good energy.
The chapter titled “Infinite Energy’ in Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself, talks about staying open to energy and its endless flow. The energy is always there, but we are conditioned to close down over our hearts, and block it when something happens. This is a choice. We can choose to relax and release whatever is closing us off. When you identify what you need to stay open, you are moving into your sweet spot.
“The more you stay open, the more the energy flow can build. At some point, so much energy comes into you that it starts flowing out of you. … the energy affects other people. People can pick up on your energy, and you’re feeding them with this flow. If you are willing to open even more, it never stops. You become a source of light for all those around you.” – Michael Singer
When are you in your sweet spot? It is in your control to explore, find and honor when you are at your best for you, your organization and your community.