“To find what you seek in the road of life the best proverb of all is that which says: Leave no stone unturned.” – Edward Bulwer Lytton
As I may have mentioned in an earlier blog, it is critical for us to identify what we do best, focus on honing that talent and do more of it. On the flip side you should also focus on what you do poorly and simply stop doing it. Stop believing in all those seminar leaders, speakers and others who try to get you to improve on some area that others might consider to be your “weakness.” Think about it, we all have weaknesses. Your God given weaknesses will never carry you to success. Furthermore, I believe that you will never be happy with life or work by focusing on things you do poorly. The world of work only rewards us for what we do well. At most devote no more than 20 percent of your time to minimizing the impact of your personal and professional weaknesses. Use the other 80 percent to allow your strengths to flourish, so much that you won’t even think about what you do poorly.
Here are a few ideas on how to spend that 80 percent dealing with the highest and best use of your time.
- Identify what activity “turns you on,” piques your curiosity and really gets you thinking. Spend more time soaking up the overflow for your professional and personal growth.
- What keeps your “motor running”? What do you like talking about so much that it is hard for you to shut up! In other words what are you passionate about?
- What, who or where do you get excited about? Is it people? Ideas? Places you have visited?
- Take a minute to reflect on what you are doing today. What do you like about your life, your work, your world and what do you wish you had more time to dig into?
- Who do you know that likes what you do or has similar interests that you have?
- Do you have a mentor or coach? I really believe the most important action you take is finding a good coach or mentor. Find someone who has been down the road you think you want to travel and learn from their experiences.
Go ahead ruminate on these thoughts and questions. The answers you find will help you focus on your strengths, skills and talents. Enjoy your journey of reflection.