Filed Under (Life Coaching & NLP) on 20-11-2013
Your mind is one of your most precious assets. You must be continually working to increase the quality of your thinking. So how can you make every minute count in your professional development?
One excellent way is to turn driving and traveling time into learning time. If you drive, listen to educational material in your car. The American Automobile Association tells us that the average person drives 12,000 to 25,000 miles each year, spending 500 to 1,000 hours each year in the car. That renders 12 and a half to 25 forty-hour weeks, which equals two full university semesters spent behind the wheel each year. If you used that traveling time as learning time, you could become one of the best educated people of your generation. Many people have gone from rags to riches partially thanks to listening to audio programs while driving. A fact of life is that to earn more you must learn more. Your outer world of results will always correspond to your inner world of preparation. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
You will increase your efficiency and effectiveness by becoming ever better at your key tasks. One of the most powerful time management techniques is for you to get better at the most important things you do. Your core competencies, your key skill areas, the areas where you are absolutely excellent at what you do are the key determinants of your productivity, standard of living, and level of achievement you reach in your field.
The market pays excellent rewards only for excellent work. You are thus successful to the degree to which you do more things better than the average person. Your great responsibility in life is to determine what things you can do excellently and then develop a plan to become incredibly good in those vital areas. The key question is what one skill, if you developed and did it absolutely excellently, would have the greatest positive impact on your career. Your weakest important skill sets the height at which you can use all your other skills. Be honest with yourself. What is your limiting skill? What is the one skill that determines the speed at which you complete your major tasks and achieve your goals? What is the one skill the lack of which may be holding you back?
The 80/20 rule applies to skills that are limiting to your success. Eighty percent of the reasons you are not moving ahead as fast as you want is explained by the 20 percent of skills and abilities that you lack. This rule guarantees that 80 percent of your limits in life are contained within yourself. Eighty percent of the reasons you are not achieving your goals as quickly as you want is because of the lack of a particular skill, ability, or quality within yourself. The underachiever always looks for reasons for problems in the outer world. The high achiever looks within and always asks what is it in him/her that is holding him/her back. Successful people look inside themselves for answers to questions and for solutions to problems. Unsuccessful people look outside. Who do you think finds the solutions first?
Ask people around you to evaluate you in your critical skill areas on a scale of one to five. The more accurate you are in this exercise, the easier it will be for you to focus on the skill areas that help you the most. Identify the one most important skill that would have the greatest positive impact on your career if you developed and did it in an excellent manner. Whatever it is, set a goal, make a plan, and go to work on becoming excellent in that area. You will be amazed at the difference it will make to your career. Or if you want a totally objective evaluator or wish to ask for advice on a situation in your life, contact me.