One of my favorite teachers, Gay Hendricks, says that we live our life in one of four zones:
- The Zone of Incompetence: I believe this is the uncomfortable place we ALL start, every time we begin to master a new skill. The temptation is to get STUCK, depressed, and stay in this zone.
- The Zone of Competence: for me, it’s such a relief to get to this zone. A feeling of mastery grows as we realize we can do it well—most of the time!
- The Zone of Excellence: In this zone we can even teach others how to do it, and we feel even more positive about our life.
- The Zone of Genius: Now we’ve developed personal power—and we enjoy offering our own unique methods and programs to support others!
As I pondered Gay Hendricks ideas, and remembered moving up the Zones in my life, I realized that the homes in which I’ve lived and worked in have literally partnered with me to move me forward. How? Because I’ve consciously partnered, in sustainable ways, with THEM!
Here’s how you can create the same kind of conscious, sustainable relationship with your home:
- To move up from the Zone of Incompetence, make changes in your home that allow you to feel more PEACEFUL
- To move up from the Zone of Competence, make changes in your home that allow you to feel more POSITIVE
- To move up from the Zone of Excellence, make changes in your home that allow you to feel more personally POWERFUL
ARE YOU IN THE ZONE OF INCOMPETENCE?
TO MOVE UP —> allow your home to help you feel more PEACEFUL!
When we start mastering something new, the Zone of Incompetence is a pretty uncomfortable place to be! And when we are frustrated and short-tempered, it can be harder to make progress and move up into the Zone of Competence.
So, when I find myself in the Zone of Incompetence, I know cultivating inner peace will give me the compassion to forgive my mistakes and keep going.
To cultivate PEACE, find something to organize. Usually, when I’m in the Zone of Incompetence, it’s not hard to find a messy surface! And when I’ve spent an hour de-cluttering, my mind is more spacious and open to creativity and new ideas.
If you keep going with your de-cluttering projects, you are going to end up with a high-functioning home and workspace—which will give you that sense of inner peace!
Because when we’ve created order in our homes and workspaces, we consistently experience the calm, centered, congruent feelings that accompanies inner peace. When our home and workspace embodies peace, we do, too. And when we embody peace, we more gracefully move up to the Zone of Competence.
ARE YOU IN THE ZONE OF COMPETENCE?
TO MOVE UP —> allow your home to help you feel more POSITIVE!
Remove everything from your space that does not relate to or support that big vision. Display reminders of your goals. This is where Feng Shui can really help activate your intentions!
Cultivate a POSITIVE vision by creating an altar that activates your goals. An altar is any item or grouping of items that alters—in a positive way—your mood and energy level. It’s impossible not to be up-lifted when we are surrounded by images that anchor our intentions!
ZONE OF EXCELLENCE?
TO MOVE UP —> allow your home to help you feel more PERSONALLY POWERFUL!
How can we allow our Genius to deliberately create a bigger vision for our lives, and for our work in the world? Allow your home to help you embody your PERSONAL POWER! Personal power is not power over others. It’s personal mastery of your time, space, money, attention, energy.
To cultivate PERSONAL POWER, put yourself in the “command position” and surround yourself with ONLY those colors, textures, furnishings, accessories and symbols that make you feel powerful. In the command position, your back is against a solid wall and you can easily see who is coming in the door.
HAVE YOU MADE IT TO YOUR ZONE OF GENIUS?
TO STAY THERE: Celebrate — and Focus on Serving Others!
When you get to this level, your focus will be on serving others in a bigger way. And, don’t be surprised if living in your Zone of Genius gets you started learning something new… and you find yourself back in the Zone of Incompetence.
Just look around for something to organize and the resulting inner peace will propel you up to the next zone!
This process really does work. Back when my home was a mess, so was I. I wasn’t able to manage my time or energy well. I was depressed and unhappy. But as I went through the process of getting rid of the clutter and creating sustainable systems, I changed. I began to correspond to those changes, becoming first more peaceful, then more positive, then more empowered.
I would love to hear from those of you who are also experiencing the benefits of creating sustainable relationships with their homes! Share you comments with us below.