Success. Excelling. This is what we all want in our careers. However, if you are not enjoying what you are doing, success could be difficult to achieve. Additionally, if you are not achieving the level of success you desire, it could be time to rethink what you are doing. Lastly, if you are running hard, but not moving forward, you may be in the wrong lane.
Are you in the right lane?
Am I in the right lane? I have come to a cross road in my life where I need to decide what is next for me. What lane should I get into?
If we agree that the goal is to enjoy what we do and achieve success in what we do, then we need to find a way to capitalize on our strengths and passions. Sounds pretty simple, but can be a complicated assessment and could require a deliberate process. I recommend 3 steps to help you discover your strengths and passions and get in the success lane. The 3 Steps lane: 1- Self Assess; 2- Actual Assessments; an 3- Ask Others.
For Step 1: Self- Assess- you need to spend some time thinking about what you like to do. Ask yourself questions like: Where have you had success in the past? What makes you happy to do? What are you good at doing?
For Step 2: Actual Assessments- you need to use tools to help you learn about yourself. I recommend the book Strengths Finders if you can pay a little money. Find it here. Or, you can take the VIA Character-Strengths free online assessment found here. Both are great tools to get you thinking about your strengths from a different perspective.
For Step 3: Ask Others- I found this step the most interesting. Once you get past the awkwardness of asking your friends and family the question “what am I good at” you may get some really good info. It may take your friends and family a while to do their own reflecting on you, but they know you the best and can offer some great information.
Once you have all of this data, you need to spend some time thinking about all of the information. Getting in the right lane for success may not be a quick project, but it is definitely worth the time and energy if you are looking for success in an area you enjoy. This will help you get in the right lane for success.