Today we present the chapter number 2 from the E-Course “6 simple steps to succeed using your strengths”.
Have you missed the chapter 1? Here you can access to it: Chapter 1: Put the “mines” out of your way.
Since some years ago the personal development and performance theories are changing, and what it seemed to be unimaginable no long time ago, turned to be now the way to do. We are talking about focusing on your strengths, instead of improving your weaknesses, if you want to succeed.
Today we initiate a really interesting E-Course on “How to use your strengths to succeed”.
The course will be divided in six chapters. We will publish one chapter per week during the next six weeks.
The goal of this E-Course is that you understand that the most successful people are not those who are permanently improving their weaknesses, but those who take the maximum benefit from their strengths.
Changing habits in hard, let’s face it! Even when we want to change a minor thing in our daily lives, most of the times, a battle takes place between that one internal voice telling you: “you must do it, don’t wait any more…” and the opposite which says: “today I don’t feel like doing this, it can wait…”.
What usually happens is that we start listening to the “good” voice and actually changing our habits for a few days, but in most cases after a while we stop listening to this voice and the bad one wins the battle.
There are many examples of “true” professions out there. I would argue that management today is often not one of them.
Let’s consider for instance the examples of medicine or education. Part of what makes them a profession is the following. In order to work in these fields we first have to qualify by being familiar with a body of knowledge common to all colleagues.
You have been studying English for years and you know a lot of things… you arrive to a nice pub in London and you realize that you have difficulties to order a beer! This sounds familiar, right?
Well, don’t panic. Everyone learning a new language has gone through this frustration of having a good background but not being able to discuss with a native speaker or face a very simple life situation. The good news is that this is not your fault. This is the result of how people normally learn languages: in a very theoretic and academic way and not practical at all.
Lots of E-Mails in your inbox, plenty of phone calls to attend, meetings, sports, social relationships… These are infinite things to do for a very limited time, right?
But, analyze for a moment one of your typical days. Out of all the things that you do, are all of them really important? Surely not... Like for most people the chances are very high that you expend a part of your day in time wasters.