When life pulls the tablecloth trick (or even if it doesn’t), call a genius

In a recent conversation, coach and friend, Helen Daniels, was telling me about ways to spend more time in my “genius zone”: doing what I love to do and using my unique gifts. She mentioned the “Three D’s”: Drop, Delegate or Develop.  The Three D’s principle suggests that any area of life that isn’t your genius zone, would be best either dropped entirely, delegated to a genius or developed into an area of genius. While this principle rang true and excited me, I had yet to really embody it in my daily living.

Then, life happened! When my partner and I recently ended our relationship, it felt to me like life had done the tablecloth trick; pulling out from under me those things that I considered foundational. This life-falling-apart-at-my-feet type event enhanced my experience of genius. I knew that my healing process would draw directly on the power of genius.

I hired my friend Erin to spend an afternoon at my apartment, not knowing what exactly she would do. I knew that she is a genius at turning messy situations into simple organized beauty.  She seemed like the perfect person to call into my corner.

Erin and I walked through the apartment, taking stock. In an episode of divine timing, not only had my now-ex-partner packed up and left the apartment, but a day later, the woman we had been subletting from and from whom I was taking over the apartment, came and removed her furniture and belongings.

The living room was now empty and the apartment had an air of “a tornado has just been through here.”  Even though there weren’t many objects left in it’s wake, nothing had been restored to harmony. I left Erin with the task of re-organizing the bedroom closet. Then, I went out to do other things, knowing that part of the power of delegation is letting go.

I arrived home to a new apartment.  The air felt quiet and settled.  When I entered the bedroom, I gasped: it was a different room! She had re-arranged all of the furniture, built a beautiful altar in one corner and created a new office area. The clothing closet was elegantly organized in a way that made sense and that I would be able to maintain. I immediately felt a shift in my body. 

Since then, I have been calling more and more geniuses into my corner: a genius body-worker who has helped me to be deeply present with my experience, a genius musician whose soothing music inspires me to accept life however it shows up and a feng-shui genius who has helped me to clear my apartment and make room for the new. My amazement in the power of genius is ever-growing.

My do-it-yourself persona has yielded to the softer recognition that I am supported and held by the universe. I am fully available to create opportunities for geniuses to shine in my life and they are everywhere! 

The moral of this story isn’t to wait until your life-foundation is shaken to enjoy the support of geniuses around you. Whether or not life has pulled a tablecloth trick on you, now is the perfect time to put on your “genius lenses” and see the people around you in that light. Experiencing others in their genius is transformative, powerful and fun. Not only that, but delegating to a genius will save you time and energy from doing things that frustrate you. So call a genius into your corner, they are ready and waiting to shine! 


Karen McMullen is a life coach who assists people in discovering their unique genius. Find her on Facebook at Karen McMullen Life Coaching.