Sometime, you may feel frustrated with what is happening around you. You may feel that everything is going wrong or at least, not as you wished for. You may feel that your efforts are going waste, your energy and your time with your investment too. But it is not the ultimate. You must not get stuck in hoping things will change – instead get on with the business of being the change you wish to see unfold in your life. Friend, you’ve got what it takes, but make no mistake; it has to start with your decision to take action.
In today’s fast-paced life, the wins usually go to those who work with exceptional skills and abilities. You can gain them easily. You know there is an old quote, that stands true, “The race is not always won by the swift and the strong, but that is the way to bet.” With this in mind, and with your desire to become increasingly successful, you can adopt some ways to accelerate your abilities, thus enabling you to achieve greater and greater things.
1. You Must Always Remain Dissatisfied With Your Current Status.
Growth for growth’s sake is good. Those who will achieve much are those who say to themselves, “I want to grow. I want to be better. And I am willing to do what it takes to get there. This current state is not enough!” This dissatisfaction will create for you an insatiable drive to do what it takes to get your abilities to the next level.
2. You Must Visualize the Benefits of Increased Abilities.
You must always try to add on to your working abilities, whatever be your age and circumstances. When you get success to add ability to do something other than what you have so far been doing, put it at the forefront of your mind. It may sharpen your quality. But don’t stop there. It may saturate your mind with the motivation that it will take for you to do what it takes to increase your abilities. What good will come out of my increased ability? How will I be better off as well as the others around me? The answers to these questions act as the carrot before the horse, moving you
3. You Must Understand Your Weaknesses.
If you want to improve, one of the best ways is to start with some area that you aren’t particularly good at. This is the “shoring up method.” Sometimes it is easier to improve something you aren’t good at that something you are. And the gains will still look great for your overall situation!
Take some time to consider what areas you are weakest in and focus in on them for a while. The results will obviously be much more pronounced than getting better at something you have already somewhat mastered.
4. You Must Attempt Greater Levels of What You Are Already Good at.
Another skill to attempt upon would be to stretch yourself in an area that you already have some skill and ability in. What areas do you excel in? Now understand that when you leave the weaker areas weak and make extraordinary gains in one area, then you will be moving more toward “specialist” rather than “generalist.” That is okay, but needs to fit in with your overall goals.
5. You Must Commit Time Each Day To Improvement.
Steady improvement is the way to go. In fact, you may not see improvement for days or weeks. You may feel like you are failing each time. But alas, eventually you will get it and your skill will increase to the next level. The key is day in, day out, spending time working on improving. Even five minutes a day equals a half hour a week, 2 hours a month. That adds up! Remember, Practice, practice, practice.
6. You Must Seek Out And Spend Time With Someone Having Greater Ability Than You.
One of the best things to do to increase your ability is hang out with people who are already more skilled than you. Watching, them, studying them, interacting with them, even competing with them will make you better.As in sports, to improve, you play with people better than you, not worse. They will raise you to a new level. Who around you can you get involved with who will help you with your ability?
7. You Must Take A Class Or Hire A Coach.
You may go to school for preliminary education, take a course at a local college or vocational institute. Take a class online. Hire one of the many coaches available today. Pick a specific skill you would like to improve upon and find someone who is a specialist in that area. At the very least, pick up some audio or videotapes to help you grow.
8. You Must Become A Tortoise, not A Hare.
Slow but sure. Take your time, do it right. Keep going in the right direction. Learn your craft correctly. Don’t give up quality for speed. The whole idea of acceleration is this way: Slow start, work up to high speeds, go the distance. Luckily life isn’t a sprint but a marathon! Do you have a definite purpose that guides your ambitions, vision, and goals?
It doesn’t matter how you think you arrived here on this planet or under whose direction – the fact remains that each of us has specific talents and gifts that are uniquely coded within our own DNA. As you go through life, you don’t just pick up things you like doing by chance. You discover what you’re good at because you were meant to discover it, just as you were meant to figure out what your fingers do, and how your elbows work.
Your unique gifts are hardwired into your system just as surely as your lungs are given their blueprint to breathe. And it’s from these specific talents and gifts that you’re able to define and determine your definite purpose… the reason why you’re here. What’s in you cannot be found in another living human being. In fact, it’s quite possible that what you bring to the table hasn’t been duplicated – ever – since time began.
9. You Must Determine Your Goal.
If you fail to determine your definite purpose, everything else is wrong. It’s like working with a broken compass – you may think you’re going North, but you’re not. You’re not sure which direction you’re heading, so, you’re just wandering aimlessly. You must first determine which direction you need to go, and that your direction is right where you wished to go.
Without your purpose identified firmly in your mind, you will wander through life, never quite feeling that you’re “in the flow.” I say, then, that it’s imperative you recognize what it is you’re good at – what it is you really love to do.
Your purpose in this lifetime is to do the thing that you love. People will tell you they already know what they’re good at, and what they love to do most, but they’ll never earn money doing it. Whoever gave you that idea?
When you’re sorting out your purpose, I don’t want you thinking about that non-issue at all. You can earn money at anything. Once you determine your purpose, you won’t even have to think hard on how to earn money – it’s as if you’re being guided by an unseen hand, heading in the right direction… and everything falls into place.
The key to your life is not that you settle for the “safe” thing that will bring in the money. The key is to turn and do what you really love. Fall in love with an idea. That’s your life! That’s your purpose
10. You Must Try To Gain Motivation From Within Of Yourself.
Have you lost your motivation at work? Does it feel like a chore to go to your workplace, your office, your shop, or your business place? Given that work takes up a large chunk of our daily lives, losing motivation can not only hamper your job performance but can also negatively affect your personal life.
Sometimes people resolve the situation by changing jobs but that should be a last option. First, try some ways to get your job back. Identify why you are de-motivated and try to tackle the specific problem.
11. You Must Ask For Feedback.
Your manager, boss or client is likely the most important source of motivation or de-motivation for you. If he or she is not giving you the time and attention that you need, then you need to talk about it. Set up a meeting to discuss any work-related issues, or to share any fears or concerns that you might have.
Often, people don’t discuss their concerns with their boss/clients because they fear the reaction. This is the biggest impediment to their growth and a source of de-motivation. You must not be afraid to ask your boss/client what you need to do to reach the next level. Getting feedback can help provide clarity on your role and growth.
12. You Must Weave A Web of Support.
If you have lost your motivation because you are lacking focus and don’t have proper guidance, seek out mentors within or even outside your organization. Ideally, your mentor should be someone who is a few levels above you and with whom you are open. Don’t restrict yourself to one guide. Draw motivation from various sources.
Perhaps one person can guide you with people issues and another one can share thoughts on your growth decisions.
13. You Must Seek New Challenges.
Maybe you have lost enthusiasm for your job simply because you are bored. Try to identify why that is. Is it that you are not learning new things? To change that, try interacting with people from different departments in your company, or sign up for a training program. If you work in the finance department, for instance, try to learn something about another function like sales. Constantly upgrading your skills and knowledge will keep you motivated.
Is there a lack of challenge in your job? If so, ask for a job rotation and take up new assignments. Ideally, do a self-assessment to see what role you should pursue next. Write down what makes you ready for it, then go and talk to the concerned person. Another option is to ask for a change in location – a new place, a new environment and new people might just be what you need to get fresh perspective on your job.
14. You Must Tackle Mundane Tasks.
Nobody looks forward to doing routine or mundane tasks that take time but don’t engage our minds. But they have to be done, so don’t let them bring you down. If it’s possible to delegate some of these tasks or share them with your colleagues, do that. If not, try to get them out of the way as quickly as possible — like swallowing a bitter pill that will ensure your long-term well-being. Try setting a target that you would finish the work in two hours instead of four. This will also make you more efficient. You could also mix such tasks with things that relax you, such as listening to music or taking frequent breaks.
15. You Must Enjoy Your Life.
While work is important, all work and no play makes Jack a very de-motivated boy. You need to have interests outside of work and to spend time on developing them. It is easy to say that you don’t have time to pursue interests outside of work but you have to find the time for your own and your families’ peace of mind. Better time-management and re-adjusting your priorities will help you a lot.
Be Happy – Keep Yourself Motivated.