When you think about your overall skillset in life, do you often come to the conclusion that you have some talent in a good number of areas, but you lack greatness in anything specific? Sometimes the only difference between competence and excellence in any one area is just investing your time and energy into enhancing and developing your talents. Keep reading for ways to boost your natural abilities.
Identify your core skills that you are good at. Then, practice them every day. If you are good at crossword puzzles, do them every morning or evening. If you run well, run often. Eventually, you might start seeing ways to benefit from these skills, like entering contests or prize races. At the very least, you will keep your confidence high and this can have a spillover effect into other areas of your life.
Know what your weaknesses are and address them. You do not have to become great at a weakness, just somewhat confident and competent. If public speaking is not your forte, take a speech class at a local college. Just going through the motions of speaking in front of a group means that you can do it when you need to, even if you do not enjoy it. It makes it less of an emotional anchor so you are free to keep doing what you are good at.
Keep yourself motivated. Do not just sit around in front of the television or play video games during down time. Go out to the zoo. See museums or go to concerts. Enjoy the culture in which you live and let the zest of life renew you for your coming week and efforts.
Find a guru or coach. This is especially true if you are trying something specific like running a 5k race. Find joggers among your friends that can guide you down this specific path.
Break your journey down into tiny goals. Preferably you can make these goals daily ones, like writing three more pages of your novel or running a certain amount of laps towards your next race. Track these in a spreadsheet, and you can see how daily incremental improvements really add up over time.
Try and reward yourself with incentives. As much as you focus on uptime, you need to have downtime too. You certainly want to do the aforementioned cultural activities for motivation and enjoyment of life, but reconnect with yourself as much as the world. Go see a movie, or hike a mountain and sit to admire the view.
Find support and ignore those that doubt you or are indifferent. Only let in the positive energy of those that believe in you and really care. They can be your salvation when you have a down day, and they will happen.
Study your talents all you can. If you can sing well, study singing as much as possible. Sometimes, the theory behind a talent might not interest you because you already have the talent naturally. Yet, if you get educated in the academics of your talent, you have that much more control in how you are able to use and apply it.
It only takes some effort and time to turn a natural talent into a spectacular one. When you invest the energy into personally developing yourself and your attributes, you can compensate for your weaknesses and boost your confidence and talents into something amazing.