This month’s blogs will focus on accepting, embracing and maximizing your talents. I challenge you to sit down and take more than a few minutes to seriously reflect on the gifts, the highest and best talents and skill sets you possess. I find that in too many matters today leaders take the “fire, ready, aim approach,” forgetting the “horse they rode to town on.” As a result, they too often operate from a position of weakness rather than strength. They rush and expedite action without leveraging their talents and skills. If you don’t know how or take time to recognize your strengths and maximize them, it is likely you will spend valuable time doing the wrong things rather than the things that will get the job done with the least effort. Think about it, do you or people you know spend hours, days or even years of hard work and effort only to end up with the sad realization that resources, time and energy have been squandered.
The alternative you might ask? Take the time – reflect on what is the highest and best use of your time. Ask yourself or someone who will tell the truth, what strengths you have that regularly result in “star performances.” When you and others have identified your talents, skills, abilities and gifts, write them down. After you have identified these elements of your success, consider how they make you feel. Over the next several weeks take time to further reflect on how you use your skills to assure success. The mere act of recording your talents, skills, abilities and gifts will probably put a smile on your face. That smile should be the precursor of a new found confidence that will aid you in tackling future challenges.
Go ahead put a smile on your face and confidence in your step, embrace the “good stuff” that will provide you with the outcomes you seek.