In today’s fast-paced world, 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 and your desire to become increasingly successful in mind, 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 an insatiable drive to do what it takes to get your abilities to the next level.
Visualize the benefits of your increased abilities.
Put them at the forefront of your mind. This will saturate your mind with the motivation it will take for you to take the steps to increase your abilities. What good will come out of my increased abilities? How will I and those around me be better off? The answers to these questions act as the carrot in front of the horse, moving you forward.
Understand your weaknesses.
If you want to improve, one of the best ways is to start with an area that you aren’t particularly good at. Take some time to consider which areas you are weakest in, and focus on them for a while. Obviously, the results will be much more noticeable than if you were getting better at something you had already somewhat mastered.
Attempt greater levels of what you are already good at.
Another tactic 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, you will be moving more toward “specialist” rather than “generalist.” That is OK, but your improvement in that area needs to fit 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, and you may feel like you are failing each time. But, alas, you will get it eventually, and your skills will increase to the next level. The key is to spend time working on improving, day in and day out. Remember: Practice, practice, practice!
Seek out and spend time with someone who has greater ability than you.
One of the best things you can do to increase your ability is hang out with people who are already more skilled than you. Watching them, studying them, interacting with them and even competing with them will make you better. As in sports, to improve, you must play with people better than you, not worse. They will raise you to a new level.
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. 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 video tapes 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. Don’t forsake quality for speed. The whole idea of acceleration is this: Start slowly, work up to higher speeds and go the distance. Luckily, life isn’t a sprint, but a marathon!
I hope these ideas help as you commit to accelerating your abilities!
Chris Widener is a businessman, author, speaker and television host. A prolific writer and producer of CDs and DVDs, his most recent book is The Art of Influence. Widener is the host of the national interview show, Made For Success, and co-host of True Performance with Zig Ziglar. The Chris Widener newsletter is one of the most widely distributed on personal and professional development. Visit his website for more information.