When was the last time you took stock of what you do well? Between work, relationships, technology, and the many things you have on your to-do list, the things you’re good at can get overlooked and taken for granted.
Your unique Things-You’re-Good-At library can be accessed in times of self-doubt, new beginnings, and uncomfortable territory. Frequently, you can pull a skill from your library and apply it to the situation you’re in.
For example, if you have a big presentation coming up and you have a fear of speaking in public, you may be good at building partnerships. In this case, you could use that skill to build a partnership with someone who speaks publicly often to give you some pointers on how to get past your fear.
While reading Justin Gesso’s book, Small Business Ideas, I learned how one of his coaches challenged him to write down 30 things he was good at. I happened to be reading this part of the book while on a flight. I didn’t have anywhere to be so I tackled the list of 30. Once I adjusted my idea of what good meant, I was able to easily identify 30 things.
How often do you disqualify something you’re good at because it’s easy for you to do? We underestimate what we’re good at because we’ve either been doing it for a long time or we think many other people can do the same thing, if not better. What we miss out on, by doing this, is recognizing the variety of skills we have to offer.
Today I challenge you to write down 30 things you’re good at. Please keep in mind that you don’t have to be the best in the world at what you write down. Here are a few examples to get you started: I’m a good listener, I read people well, I process information quickly, I make an amazing cup of coffee, I navigate public transportation easily…
After you’ve written 30 things you’re good at, you have a Things-You’re-Good-At library to pull from. The next time you’re in unfamiliar territory, rather than fake it until you make it, pull a thing or two from your library and apply it to the situation. Use one of the things you’re good at to help you be more comfortable.