Anyone in a leadership position will tell you that having a natural talent you can develop is crucial to success in business. After all, it’s much easier to grow and build on an existing strength than it is to try to overcome a weakness. However, many people struggle to identify their own areas of excellence. By working towards assessing your skillset and pinpointing your areas of strength, you can identify what you’re good at. As a result, you can start working on honing your talent and developing it into a true competitive advantage. With a little focus and effort, you can turn your talent into a real asset to help you succeed in business.
There are a few key considerations to make when defining your area of excellence.
If you want to make an impact and live a fulfilling career, it’s important you take responsibility for finding and developing your special talents. This can be challenging, as it requires self-awareness and a willingness to grow. However, the rewards are more than worth the effort. When you commit to using your talents for the betterment of your organization, you will find an unmatched sense of purpose and satisfaction. In addition, you will make an authentic, positive difference in the lives of others. You have a responsibility to yourself to find this talent and build on it.
Engaging in Self-Discovery
When you’re doing something you’re good at or enjoy, it’s easy to tell. You’re likely in a state of flow, where time seems to disappear, and you’re completely focused on your actions. This can happen when you’re playing a sport, cooking, painting, or engaging in any number of other activities. When you’re in this state of flow, you’ll notice you feel happy and energized. You may also find you get great results without trying too hard. This is because your attention is fully focused on the task at hand, and you’re operating from a place of deep expertise. If you find yourself feeling this way while performing a talent or activity, it’s a good sign you’re on the right track. This process of self-discovery can be revealing and should serve as a guide for your development.
Building a Robust Plan for Improvement
When it comes to success, there’s no substitute for hard work. But what separates the truly successful from the also-rans is a focus on mastery. Once you’ve identified your core competency – the one thing you’re really good at – it’s important to develop a plan for continuing to excel in the area. Whether it’s taking classes, reading books, or simply setting aside time each day to practice, the key is to keep getting better. By continuously honing your skills, you’ll not only stay ahead of the competition but also find true satisfaction in your work. So if you want to achieve lasting success, remember: focus on mastering your craft, and the rest will fall into place.
If you’re struggling to identify what makes your special talent shine, contact me, Kerrie Hoffman from FocalPoint Executive Coaching. I use an advanced coaching module to hone in on your areas of excellence. As a result of my guidance, you’ll be able to define your talents and pinpoint a core competency you’d like to develop. Once you’ve identified your area of focus, you’ll build a plan to excel in this competency. Our program will provide the necessary resources and support to reach your goals.
If you live in Milwaukee, WI, and are ready to build your core competency, contact me, Kerrie Hoffman, at FocalPoint today.