Pay attention to your strengths and improve them
There is something that college can’t teach you and that’s learning from life experiences and challenges. The days fly past without us taking any life lessons away and before you know it, it’s too late and we miss opportunities to get better.
Try these steps to help you learn how to learn in your own reflection time, with your work team or family.
Our instinct is to improve what is not working but we are more likely to succeed and achieve this by confidently naming our strengths and keep working at them.
We usually lack the confidence or ego to say that we are great at something, identify your strengths, explore them through questions and start conversations.
- What activities give me the most energy and motivate me?
- What advice or help do people tend to come to me for?
Think about how you would improve your strengths. Through courses, articles or finding opportunities to speak or teach on the subject.
1.Take heeds of your challenges, then stop and re-evaluate.
What are the things you hate doing or find yourself avoiding? It can be anything from presenting, sewing a button or managing your monthly bills?
Ask yourself, “Why is this hard?” or “What can I do to make it better?” Maybe you seem to tackle it when you are the most tired or you have not asked for help. Maybe stop being a superhero and delegate, outsource or quit doing what drains you and plan before you take it on.
2. More Reading
Commit to reading a professional publication on a regular basis or fiction if you prefer. The important part is to reflect and take something away from it. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
3. Learn from others
Ask friends and family what they are reading, what they are up to or what’s their plans. A fun way is to start “lightbulb moments,” during family dinners or during brainstorm sessions at work.
4. How to improve
Be aware of yourself and think of a behaviour or skill you would like to change or improve on. Keep it simple, like, “I want to be a better listener.” Ask people that are close to you to make recommendations. Suggestions can be new behaviors to practice, classes to take, books or articles to read or other people to shadow. Be open to all ideas. Your job is to say, “thank you” and plan on what ideas to execute.
5. Get curious
Tap into your inner child and ask more questions to learn more about the people, places and experiences you come upon.
6. Take advantage of the World Wide Web
Get smart when searching for new learning resources rather than getting lost in the volume. Look for experts in your field and ask for advice and mentoring.
The ongoing ways to learn takes a little extra effort with big returns for you, your customers, teammates and families. Remember to reward yourself for genuine attempts and achievements.