Our biggest tendency is to want to work on our weaknesses.
We figure that we can become a better person if we improve those areas of our life that we consider not to be our best.
THROW ALL THAT OUT THE WINDOW!
Contrary to popular belief, you are going to be MOST successful if you become WORLD-CLASS in one or two areas of your life instead of just average in multiple areas.
NY Times Best-Selling Author and Teacher, Dr. John C. Maxwell says that you should identify your strengths and weaknesses. Then you should focus your time on working to improve yourself on those several areas that you are already good at and make them WORLD-CLASS GREAT! You are never going to be world-class great at your weaknesses, no matter how hard you work on them!
Dr. Maxwell points out that the Pareto Principle states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your strengths…so work on your top 20% strengths! For example: if you list 10 characteristics that you would consider strengths/weaknesses ranked in order from 1 being your top strength and 10 being your worst weakness…focus your time and energy on developing your top 2 strengths and turn them into world-class strengths that you do better than anyone else!
To help you determine your strengths and weaknesses, ask yourself these questions:
- What do you do that takes seemingly no effort at all?
- What are you good at that takes no energy…instead – that energizes you when you do it?
- What do you do that zaps your energy?
- You dread doing these things.
- What do people closest to you say that you are good at?
- What do people closest to you say that you are NOT good at?
- What do you do that is virtually second nature?
- You don’t even have to think to do these things.
- What do you do that always seems that you are always spinning your wheels no matter how hard you work at it.
- What do you do that always takes more time than you planned on it taking?
In the name of keeping this particular post short –
- Identify a couple of your strengths.
- Sit down and think through what you need to do to make your strengths even better.
- Develop a plan.
NOW – What have you learned?
WHAT are you going to do about it?
Some of you may have further questions and comments – please comment below!