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The Sweet Spot

Description

This insightful video explores navigating life’s complexities by finding the “sweet spot” for maximum effectiveness. It delves into the constant pulls individuals face – their own needs, the needs of others, and the broader context. The text identifies three default strategies: self-centeredness, other-centeredness, and mission-centeredness. The sweet spot is the delicate balance where personal, interpersonal, and contextual needs harmoniously coexist. Drawing parallels with a tennis player hitting the ball in the sweet spot, the video emphasizes achieving power, accuracy, and control in life. It advocates for self-awareness, promoting an approach that nurtures individual well-being while contributing positively to others and aligning with life’s demands.

Video Transcript

Hey, everybody. This is the sweet spot. How to lead your life in the zone of maximum effectiveness. Let’s keep going here. Here’s how it works. We’re walking around during the day, all day, and there are these three things that are pulling on us all the time. All the time 24 seven. One is our needs. We’re in a situation, a conversation, a meeting. What do we need? What do we need as a human being? What do we need in whatever role we’re in in that situation? Secondly, what do the other people around us need? So there’s me and then there’s you, the others in the room and what do they need? And then thirdly, there’s the next larger context: us. If it’s a project, what does the project need? If it’s a team, what does the team need? If it’s a relationship, what is our relationship need? So there’s me, you, and us. And all three of those needs are always pulling on us at the same time. Now, by this time in our lives, we’ve developed a strategy which is a default because the tension is sometimes really too much for us. And the first one is to put ourselves first. And this is what we call the narcissistic default or trap. Because if you do this all the time, it becomes a real problem. Sometimes you have to put yourself first, but if you always put yourself first and you know people like this. Always put themselves first.

What happens? Well, there’s what other people need and what we need, what the context needs, and there’s a wall between them. So if I’m always focusing on myself, it’s a miracle if what I’m doing in the room or in the relationship is helpful to the other people or to what’s needed. But there’s a big payoff for that because I often get what I want. But long term, people really might not want to hang out with us. The other, uh, default, uh, strategy is to put other people first all the time. I want whatever you want. So if you’re in a relationship, where do you want to go to dinner? Well, wherever you want to go, dear. It’s like I’m always here for you, and. But it has a kind of a, uh, if you always do it. A kind of a martyr quality to it, I don’t matter. It’s okay. Nothing matters but you. I’m here to take care of you. Now, the upsides of this is it’s a very socially acceptable thing to do. People like being around somebody who’s always taking care of them. Uh, but the downside is, after a while, you need. You need something, and when you get on an airplane, the flight attendant will say something like, uh, you know, in the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, an oxygen mask will fall from the compartment above you. Uh, if you’re traveling with a small child or someone who needs assistance, place your own mask on first.

And then how can you help somebody if you’re not taking care of yourself? So you’ve got to keep this in balance. And the third default trap is to become a true believer and always put the mission first, the project first. This, you know, the company first, whatever it is. And this is the project, the larger context and forgetting about yourself and forgetting about the other people blocking them off. Now, the upside of this is that all entrepreneurs are like this when you start a project. You. I was in the military for years and there are times when the mission is mission first. Mission first. I put myself, my people at risk for the mission. But if you always do this all the time, man, you’re going to burn out and the people around you are going to burn out as well. So what we do is we typically kind of move around among these three. What I’m looking for is something called the sweet spot. Here’s a great Polish tennis player. I thought, that’s appropriate in this part of the world. Um, and she’s just great. And you all know what it’s like to hit the ball in the sweet spot. You get power, accuracy, control, pace. You get lots of good things when you get that ball in the sweet spot. So here’s what we’re after here. There’s me, what I need. There’s you what you need, and there’s us.

Or the context. I want to be right in the middle. I want to be right in the middle where all three of these are being addressed to some extent at the same time. Now, have you ever been to work? And you’ve worked really hard all day, all day, but you go home energized sometimes. Have you ever gone to work and done? Not much and gone home exhausted? Yeah, I think this is what’s happening on those days when we go home energized. It’s because during the day, either accidentally or on purpose, we were doing something that’s in the sweet spot. And why? What happens when we’re in the sweet spot? This is when we’re in the sweet spot, when what we’re doing is nurturing to us. It’s an expression of the deepest expression of who we are. It’s nurturing our body, mind, and spirit, and it’s a contribution to the other people in some way. And it’s in alignment with what life or the project or the company or the relationship needs. Okay. When all three are being addressed. So this is this is what it means to be in the sweet spot. Let me stop the share here and I’ll wrap it up. And this is what the LDI delivers. It’s it’s it gives you the tools and the consciousness and the self-awareness to put yourself more and more frequently every day in the sweet spot of of of maximum effectiveness.

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