Top 7 Ways To Accelerate Your Abilities
By Chris Widener
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In todayís fast-paced life, the wins usually go to those with exceptional skills and abilities. The old quote is true, "The race is not always won by the swift and the strong, but that is the way to bet." With this in mind, and with your desire to become increasingly successful, here are some ways to accelerate your abilities, thus enabling you to achieve greater and greater things.
- Become dissatisfied with your current state.
Growth for growthís sake is good. Those who will achieve much are those who say to themselves, "I want to grow. I want to be better. And I am willing to do what it takes to get there. This current state is not enough!" This dissatisfaction will create for you an insatiable drive to do what it takes to get your abilities to the next level.
- Visualize the benefits of increased abilities.
Put them at the forefront of your mind. This will saturate your mind with the motivation that you will do what it takes to increase your abilities. What good will come out of my increased ability? How will I be better off as well as the others around me? The answers to these questions act as the carrot before the horse, moving you forward.
- Understand your weaknesses.
If you want to improve, one of the best ways is to start with some area that you arenít particularly good at. This is the "shoring up method." Sometimes it is easier to improve something you arenít good at than something you are. And the gains will still look great for your overall situation! Take some time to consider what areas you are weakest in and focus on them for a while. The results will obviously be much more pronounced than getting better at something you have already somewhat mastered.
- Attempt greater levels of what you are already good at.
Another tact to take would be to stretch yourself in an area that you already have some skill and ability in. What areas do you excel in? Now understand that when you leave the weaker areas and make extraordinary gains in one area, you will be moving more toward "specialist" rather than "generalist." That is O.K., but needs to fit in with your overall goals.
- Commit time each day to improvement.
Steady improvement is the way to go. In fact, you may not see improvement for days or weeks. You may feel like you are failing each time. But alas, eventually you will get it and your skill will increase to the next level. The key is day in, day out, spending time working on improving. Even five minutes a day equals a half hour a week, two hours a month. That adds up! Remember, practice, practice, practice.
- Seek out and spend time with someone who has greater ability than you.
One of the best things to do to increase your ability is hang out with people who are already more skilled than you. Watching them, studying them, interacting with them, even competing with them will make you better. As in sports, to improve, you play with people better than you, not worse. They will raise you to a new level. Who around you can you get involved to help you with your ability?
- Take a class or hire a coach.
Go to school my friend. Take a course at a local college or vocational institute. Take a class online. Hire one of the many coaches available today. Pick a specific skill you would like to improve upon and find someone who is a specialist in that area. At the very least, pick up some audio or videotapes to help you grow.
- Be the tortoise, not the hare. Slow but sure.
Take your time and do it right. Keep going in the right direction. Learn your craft correctly. Donít give up quality for speed. The whole idea of acceleration is this way: Slow start, work up to high speeds, go the distance. Luckily life isnít a sprint but a marathon! Hope these ideas help you as you commit to accelerating your abilities!
Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of Made for Success, a company helping individuals and organizations turn their potential into performance, succeed in every area of their lives and achieve their dreams. Get Chris' FREE Made for Success Ezine by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his Web site at http://www.madeforsuccess.com. You can contact Chris for speaking engagements or any other reason at email@example.com or by phone at 425-444-GOAL (4625).
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Article Submitted On: May 17, 2000