We all have an idea of what our strengths and weaknesses are, but on a day-to-day basis how much time do you spend improving in the areas you know you are weak? It’s important for your success that you recognize and work to your strengths, and frankly, it’s easier. But what about those habits or behaviours that you know are holding you back?
Think about it. Write down what you’re good at. Write down what you’re weak at.
Pick one item from the list of weaknesses and decide to improve it.
Figure out what you can do to improve it – seriously, with the internet at our finger tips, there is no excuse for not being able to come up with a plan to improve anything.
Speaking of the internet, here is where I follow Steve Jobs’ advice and steal shamelessly from someone else’s good idea. I want you to watch this TED Talk and apply the approach discussed to implementing your improvement plan. You can apply it to other fun things too, but for the purposes of this blog, let’s stick to the original premise of working on your weakness.
Once your 30 days are done, ask yourself is my weakness still a weakness? Whether you’ve beat the weakness or just made a small improvement, you’ll have new insights into your own behaviour and have the confidence that comes from working hard at something. Big goals aren’t accomplished in great leaps. They’re accomplished in small steps and this is one simple method to help you take some small steps towards your BIG goals.
P.S. I’d love to hear about what you’re working on for 30 days! Comment here, or Tweet @MikeBonnLMI