The phrase “confidence is everything” gets thrown about without a second thought, but it’s not really true – is it? Identifying your strengths is key to success in any endeavor. Sure, confidence is a key factor in success, but just because you are confident does not mean you are competent, and competency is far more important in the grander scheme of things. There is no use being confident in something you are incompetent at; overconfidence can be the key to failure. Don’t wildly overstep the boundaries of your ability, but be prepared to take a risk where necessary. Without taking the risks to demonstrate our ability we will not achieve our full potential, and acting to make the most of our skills is continually important in avoiding complacency and regressing.
Strengths and weaknesses
Recognise your strengths and weaknesses and work to them in order to fulfill your goals. Tailoring your work to what you are truly good at will allow you to thrive, whereas taking on work you are not comfortable with purely out of egomania or fear of being viewed negatively will inevitably end in disaster. It is never advisable to overload on unfamiliar work, although a balance must be met in order to continually assist development.
Dedicate some time to work on your weaknesses to ensure that they will not be problematic in the long term – and could eventually even move towards the strength column. Consider laying out a table of all your greatest strengths and areas you could clearly improve upon. By optimising your strengths and concentrating on continually improving your weakest areas, you are working towards achieving success in whatever goal you are heading for.
Realise that you do not know everything. By being open to new ideas and ways of thinking will allow you to keep progressing, even if you think you are already highly competent in a certain area. There is always room for improvement, so be prepared to take new ideas on board as-and-when they are presented. An open mind is imperative to embrace new ways of thinking, as inevitably other solutions will occasionally be required to solve certain problems.
Don’t be afraid to consult others who have more experience in the areas you are weakest in. Actively striving to improve by concentrating on building your skills and abilities will assist in your overall workload and decrease the stress which inevitably comes with a heavy workload. Many people make the mistake of thinking that leaving the education system that their education is over, when nothing could be farther from the truth.
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Roger Cooper is freelance writer who is always on the lookout for advanced personal development techniques. NLP courses in Birmingham are available for those who wish to open their mind to new options.