I. WIN YOUR OWN LOTTO
When people talk about enrichment, they are usually thinking of financial enrichment. (Show me the money!) But, we can enrich many other aspects of our lives too such as: spiritual, mental, physical, and social, as examples. Winning the multi-dollar lotto is not impossible, but are you spending your life waiting for your fortune to come to you? For those of you that feel powerless at work, you have more control over your destiny than you think you do.
Why don't you win you OWN Lotto?!? Yes, that's right. What is stopping you from winning big in your own life?
A friend of mine owns a PC Support service called Geeks 4 Rent http://www.geeks4rent.com/. What started out as a hobby for him a few years ago is now his full time business. This is a guy who knew what he wanted and devoted most of his time, money, and energy to creating his own PC Support business. As someone who has worked at a Helpdesk for five years, I know that very few people have more knowledge of computers than my friend who runs Geeks 4 Rent. He is working at his dream job and gets paid very well for it. He won his own Lotto!
You can win your won Lotto if you embrace the challenge and possibility of the future. Remember the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol?" Scrooge had no desire to change. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future convinced Scrooge to change by showing him where he had been, where he was, and where he'd end up if he continued to live his life the way he did. By the end of the story, Scrooge was a changed man because he learned to embrace the future rather than be afraid of it.
Yes. Change IS scary. The unknown is scary too. Too many of us live with regret and we hold on to past mistakes. Of course, there are some regrets that we cannot overcome. But we CAN react to present events and be proactive about avoiding tomorrow's misgivings. What do you want your future to bring? What do you want your life to look like? How will you win your own Lotto?
II. TOP WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR TALENTS AT WORK
Are you maximizing your strengths and promoting your talents at work? If you have sharp analytical skills, have you sought to apply those skills to your current job? I know it sounds crazy to ask for more work when you are already overloaded, but any assistance that you can provide now will ultimately help you advance in your present position or in a future one.
You have gifts and talents to offer the world. Your current or potential employer desperately needs to use your talents NOW, especially since they are focused on increasing revenue.
Just what ARE your talents and how can you apply them to your career?
1. Discover Your Hidden Talents
a. What are your strengths and weaknesses? b. How can you capitalize on your strengths and improve your weaknesses?
c. Can you enhance your strengths and dissipate your weaknesses by learning on-the-job or by taking additional classes or training?
2. Promote Your Talents Within
a. Once you have an analysis of the talents you have to offer, start promoting them. If you don't tout them, then no one will.
b. Talk with your boss about helping out the team. Your pathway to the top is by being someone who can be counted on.
3. Take Action
a. After you tell your employer about your hidden talents and your ideas for using them, you must live by your words. Remember your integrity is at stake and that means something.
b. Using your talents is not a one-day project; it is a way to live and work more effectively every day. So go out there, and put your talent to work!
It may be hard to focus on your talents when the world around you is so uncertain. Put your worries behind you, and your best foot forward. You can be proud of your effort no matter what the future may bring, because you swung out and gave it your best shot.
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Sean North is the president of North Notes LLC, who helps writers overcome their writing blocks and helps those who have wanted to write books make their dreams a reality. Website address is http://northnotes.com/