(This is blog seven in a series of eight, taken from Lesson 5, “Discover Your One-of-a-Kind Genius Zone and Set Your Current Top Life Goals” in Happy School, Where Women Learn the Secrets to Overcome Discouragement and Worry. You can access all 8 blogs in Lesson 5 HERE at JulieNGordon.com.)

Achieving mastery in your Genius Zone is not so you can develop some huge ego and be on the top rung of some social ladder. I am suggesting you develop mastery in your area because you reflect God when you exhibit excellence. Not to mention, what outrageous delight you will experience when you achieve a level of mastery in your Genius Zone. 

Maybe you’re a tech person. You can improve and excel by taking courses, reading books, and attending seminars to hone your skills. Or maybe you’re a sales representative. Again, opportunities and the choice to grow and develop mastery are available everywhere. 

If you take care of preschoolers, then do it in an excellent fashion. If you are a homeschooling mom, then don’t just get by but do it in a quality, top rate fashion. This idea of mastery and excellence is all through the Scripture. Examples include when God created the world (ha, the best example ever), when Solomon built the temple, and even when the Apostle Paul penned the breath-taking, brilliant epistle of Romans. Do excellent work. None of us get much pleasure or satisfaction from being mediocre and halfway about things. 

To develop mastery in your Genius Zone, you have to be intentional. “I will work on growing my Genius Zone three hours a week by listening to podcasts, ordering an online course, or calling someone successful in my chosen field and ask if I can be mentored.” Eventually we all get older, but having developed something high quality and of value to offer others can be one of the great things about growing older.

We indulge in excess pleasure (Lesson 4 in Happy School) instead of contributing to life by becoming masterful with our gifts and giving them away. Become hugely competent with your gifts. Focus on your gifts instead of on your self-indulgence. Create a life you love centered around your gifts, so you don’t have to numb yourself with your bad habit. Discover your Talent Bank and your Genius Zone and give it away. Fill up on life, not your bad habit. 

The Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, “Fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Tim. 1:6). 

Gladness and delight are waiting.

The 8th and final blog is next and is entitled The Power of Your Previous Neural Pathways. You can access all 8 blogs in this series HERE  at JulieNGordon.com.