Only when you discover what you really enjoy doing and then commit yourself to it wholeheartedly do you begin to feel really alive and fully engaged in life.
What are you doing with your time? How much of what you are doing makes you feel bored, or uninspired, or energized and excited? How much of your time are you miserable? How much of what you are doing do you love? What would you rather be doing? Are you doing the things that make you happy? Are you spending your time in situations that are providing you enjoyment? What are you doing when you feel exuberant?
Look at your current job and current abilities, and ask yourself, “Where do I want to be in three to five years?”
Whatever you’re doing today, it’s nowhere near what you’re really capable of doing. The key to a happy and prosperous life is for you to regularly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, to become very good in the areas you most enjoy, and then to throw your whole heart into what you’re doing.
How to maximize your returns?
In doing personal strategic planning, the first thing you want to think about is increasing your personal “return on energy,” rather than return on equity. You need to realize that the most essential and valuable thing that you bring to your life and to your work is your ability to think, to act, and to get results.
Your earning ability—which is a function of your education, knowledge, experience and talents—is your human capital (your equity). And the way you use it will largely determine the quality and quantity of your rewards, both material and psychological.
In reality, you’re the president of your own personal-services corporation. You’re completely in charge of production, quality control, training and development, marketing, finance, and promotion.
Thinking of yourself passively, as being employed and, therefore, subject to the dictates of someone else, can be fatal to your long-term success.
On the other hand, seeing yourself as self-employed forces you to see that you also are self-responsible and self-determining, that everything that happens to you happens because of your conduct and your behaviour. You’re behind the steering wheel of your life.
It’s up to you to decide how to utilize your talents and abilities in such a way as to bring you the very highest return on investment of your time and energy.
You’re the boss. No one can make the critical decisions that will determine your future and your fortune.
Sometimes we call it a “performance audit.” This is the process of analysing yourself. One of those questions should be, “What are my marketable skills?” Think about it. What can you do for which someone else will pay you? What can you do particularly well? What can you do better than others? What have you done particularly well in the past?
The height of your income will be determined largely by how well you do your job and the difficulty of replacing you. In areas where workers can be replaced easily, the workers are paid only the minimum amount necessary to keep them.
In increasing your return on energy, one of your objectives is to become so good in your chosen field that the cost of replacing you is extremely high. This is the way to assure that you will always be paid well because no one can get the kind of results that you can get for the amount that you charge, or the amount that you’re paid (which are the same).
Define Your Strengths
Step 1 is Identifying your genius.
Your genius is made of the natural gifts and strengths you already possess. They pinpoint things that come natural to us. So for example some people are naturally analytical, others more intuitive, others logical, while other holds strengths with inner personal relationships.
What’s really interesting is how working from our genius actually energizes us, we are operating in a state of pure joy. We don’t worry about the future, and we think nothing of the past. We are completely in the moment. This is known as our “sweet spot.” And when we are not working in our genius we feel un-enthused about what we are doing.
Here are some questions to ask:
What are some of your natural traits that define who you are? What are the things that don’t feel like work? And what comes to you easily and effortlessly? What have you been good at in the past? What things do you do easily that seem to be difficult for other people? In what areas of work do you seem to get the best results, and do you derive the most pleasure from?
Research show that because of our natural genius is so natural to us, we tend not to recognise it. We take it for granted and overlook it.
This week you are on a mission to discover your sweet spot. Your task is to ask everyone who knows you (or at least as many people as possible) what they think your sweet spot is.
Write down what each person says. See if there are similarities or themes among the responses you receive and ask yourself if their assessment resonates for you. Were you surprised by what you heard? Did some of the feedback illuminate some of your natural talents?
Step 2 is owning your talents.
Your talents are the skills you’ve cultivated through life. What trainings and certifications, life experience or education have gotten you to where you are today? These can be formal or informal. If you own a business then your talents play probably a huge role in the type of business you have.
Let’s take a look at your life path. I would like you to give some thought to the defining moments, events, and circumstances that shaped your personality, your character, and your life as it is today. What happened to make you who you are? What did you learn from those events? How did those events lead you to your current outcomes? What are you proud of? What are you ashamed of?
Reflect on these defining moments. Some of these events happened long ago and your reflections will lend a new meaning to these events. Some of your most defining moments may have seemed insignificant at the time, but now can be recognized as pivotal. Other defining moments may have had immediate impacts on your life. In what ways have these moments set changes in motion or have made you stop and redirect your life?
What unique combinations and patterns are you starting to see between your talent and your genius? This is where things get very interesting. List them.
Step 3: Integrating your talent and genius into your business
You can take this information and apply it in your business or you can take the steps people take when they want results and a straight forward strategy. Then contact me. I want to see you succeed. I want to see your business boom, see the smile on your face, knowing you are living your purpose, making the money you want.
Cheers to your happiness!
source: Brian Tracy
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