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How to Spot Your Skills and Put Them to Work

By Sandy Schroeder

Too often we are our own worst critics. We dwell on our faults, spending huge amounts of time trying to fix them. Meanwhile, we may have practically untouched skills, sitting idle, waiting to be mobilized.

Psychologists who specialize in helping people succeed on the job tell us to spend more time figuring who we are and what we have to offer, according to Lifehack.

Make a list of your current strengths and weaknesses. Note what options you have, and what your potential liabilities are. Then develop a plan to keep your strengths front and center. Often, as you find spots to use your strengths, you will have opportunities to delegate tasks that are not your strong points.

Decide What You Want to Accomplish

Are you a natural leader of a dynamic company team? Or would you rather jump ship and grow an innovative new business from the ground up? What will it take to start the process to get you there?

Match Your Talents to Your Dreams

Take your lists of strengths and pair them with your goals. If you are totally creative, and very resourceful, that will come in handy as a new businessman. If you relate well to everyone and know how to pull a group together, that will work as you lead a company team.

Figure Out How to Polish Your Skills

Take those skills that you listed and project where they might go. Could you take more classes, or work as an apprentice? Or maybe your current skills just need more time on the job to develop more muscle. Or you may need more contacts to take you where you need to be for the right job or business opportunity.

Develop Ideas and Get Feedback 

As you explore options on the weekend, or in the evenings, keep going. If you don’t ask or try, the answer is no. I have known many successful people who admitted it took a lot of failures to really score a breakthrough.

Keep an eye out for positive people who are willing to give you a hand up. Do the homework to look for more and more resources.

Be Open to Unexpected Opportunities

As you roam around in your field, and outside of it, you may find yourself finding the right answer in some totally new place. I am always amazed when I talk to veterans in a field and discover they started out in some totally unrelated area. One thing led to another and then just took off.

Wherever you go, never forget the assets you already have.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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