When you look in the mirror, the reflection looking back at you is the greatest advancement tool you’ll ever have at your disposal. Yourself!
Each of our inherent strengths make us exceptionally qualified for everything we do. They are always unique to our individual selves and this makes each of us a unique commodity. The qualities that come naturally to us are our best resources, they are already there just waiting to be accessed and put to use. Imagine you; “IN THE FLOW”, “A TOP PERFORMER”, “AT YOUR BEST”, “OPERATING AT YOUR FULLEST POTENTIAL”, whatever you call that centered core and true to you kind of a place? You’ll find it will be these resources and unique attributes that have the greatest potential of excelling with. Even the skills that you feel couldn’t possibly help your performance, if applied properly and creatively, may actually help you capitalize on opportunities all around you. It’s time to starting thinking of yourself as a brand! What can you create to enhance your visibility?
Sometimes it is difficult to think of yourself as a brand, I know, I’ve been trying to navigate mine for the last 10 years. It can also be challenging to really understand the actual worth of your individual abilities and talents. In fact, most people undervalue what they can bring to a situation, either because they have not yet discovered what their defining abilities exactly are or because they don’t understand how to use them. Either way, you are missing out!
Not only can your abilities be developed to become a great asset, but also your own personality traits. These traits are another positive feature you already inherently possess – what a bonus! If you can go beyond distinguishing your strengths and weaknesses and discover how to align your personality traits, you will be able to make more opportunities work for you.
Take, for example, all of the shy people in the workforce. Individuals with a more reserved personality can still march into a group setting and use this towards their advantage. Instead of being a wallflower at your next event, use your one-on-one focus and brilliant memory when talking with people. Talk to a small number of people, or with individual people, and give them all of your attention. While you are conversing, file away a few bits of information about each person. The next time you see them, you’ll have a ready store of conversation-starters, and your co-workers will feel truly valued. It’s all about having the right perspective and using all your personality traits to your advantage.
So, the next time you walk by a mirror, don’t just notice your outer appearance but reflect on the abilities and traits you possess inward and make a pact with yourself to use them to your advantage.
Coach DQ’s Challenge
As you approach this week, write down at least three of your strongest traits. Be specific, and be honest. This can range as anything from being sociable and practical to being an extreme risk-taker. Are you supremely organized, or do the little details drag you down? Regardless of the trait and whether or not these traits are related to your current job field, make sure you physically write them down on paper or on your computer. Even if you don’t realize it, these traits are the tools you work with on a daily basis.
Once you have decided on the three traits you’d like to focus on, pick one trait and come up with a way to use it creatively as part of your game plan this week. Try to apply it to an area that has been frustrating to you – you may be surprised by what you come up with.