ACCELERATE YOUR ABILITIES
by Chris Widener
today's 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."
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 growth's 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 it will take for you to 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
Understand your weaknesses.
If you want to improve, one of the best ways is to start with some area
that you aren't particularly good at. This is the "shoring up method."
Sometimes it is easier to improve something you aren't good at that
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 in on them for a while. The results will obviously be much more
pronounced than getting better at something you have already somewhat
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 weak and make
extraordinary gains in one area, then you will be moving more toward
"specialist" rather than "generalist." That is okay, 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, 2 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 with who will 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, do it right. Keep going in the right
direction. Learn your craft correctly. Don't 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 isn't a sprint but a marathon!
Hope these ideas help you as you commit to accelerating your abilities!