April 10, 2016
by DLong

Where Are You Now?

Your life has two versions: the one where you’re a star, and the one where you’re a little lost. Reality lies somewhere in the middle. Your opinion inevitably reflects some reality and some fantasy.

The two strategic questions are:

• How can you best use your strengths and talents to achieve the things that will make you happy, productive and successful?

• How can you know if you’re truly maximizing your potential?

Most people insufficiently use their talents because they fear stretch goals and the prospect of leaving their comfort zones. It’s funny isn’t it, how our comfort zone keeps us stuck. We continue doing what we’ve always done because it’s safe, instead of taking risks and/or working with a professional coach. But self-discovery—especially of one’s strengths—is critical for any quantifiable success.

Most of us are reconciled to the path we’re on and rarely stop to take stock. Like the Energizer Bunny, we just keep going and going…and going.

Here’s how  to break this negative momentum:

1. Slow down.

2. Start over.

3. Work with a coach or mentor to get feedback and support.

Where Do You Want to Go?

By answering these four quick questions so you can begin to design a successful plan, avoid drifting and ultimately reclaim your life:

1. What are your strengths? Take a look at your life, work, proficiencies and the activities you enjoy.

2. What are your weaknesses? What subjects or tasks do you naturally avoid? How can you use your weaknesses to your advantage?

3. What are your differences? What makes you unique? How can your experiences, talents and proclivities make a difference to others?

4. What are you passionate about? Which tasks excite and energize you? How can you become more involved with them with your work?

Somewhere at the intersection of these four questions lies your sweet spot for success and happiness. Your time is best spent on blending these components into something productive and meaningful to you.

Once you’ve clearly identified your own priorities you can design and map out your primary goals and go for it!