New Skills Needed

“How are you doing?” It’s a question often asked and often answered the same way, “I’m fine.” Fine is okay. Wouldn’t it be better to be able to say, “I’m fantastic”, and mean it. Take the quiz below to see if you are doing all you can to 2017 your year.

Check off the things you are doing well.

__ I am into new technology and keeping up with trends in my field.
TIP: Narrow your focus to finding and using new technology that helps you reach your goals to avoid overload and wasted time.

__ I am careful about what I say, write, post, and tweet because times have changed.

TIP: It takes years to build a brand and a positive image and reputation–all of which can be undone in one slip up in a very critical and politically correct world. It’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to anything that may offend others.

__ I am investing time, money, and energy into self-improvement and skill building. 

TIP: It’s easy to get complacent when things are going good, but to get to great we all need to be lifelong learners and spend time and money getting better–or better yet, becoming obsessed with trying to be the best at something.

__ I am into helping others reach their goals with my job, business, and volunteer work.
TIP: The best way to move forward is to help others move forward. No matter what we want (to make a sale, get a promotion, or increase our list of Facebook friends) we have to give to get. 

__ I am willing and able to step outside of my comfort zone.
TIP: If we’re not changing we’re not growing. Furthermore, if we don’t have what we want, maybe we should do something we haven’t done. The people who have achieved great success are usually the ones who are comfortable being outside of their comfort zone. Take a small step or two outside of your bubble, or make your bubble bigger.

__ I am spending my time on the things that make me happy, make me money, make me proud, make me successful, make me better.

TIP: Finding ways to incorporate the things WE enjoy doing into our daily routines isn’t easy, but if we could just read for a few minutes, do a focused workout that takes less time, take a quick power nap, or watch a recorded show without commercials, we can fit things in. The trick is to find faster and better ways to do the things we have to do to make time for the things we want to do.

__ I am my own brand and I project the image I want to maintain.

TIP: If we take a minute to look at all of our points of contact to see if they match up with our brand, we can be sure our outgoing message, e-mail signature, postings, and tweets all line up. We also should look at how we look and dress, our hair style, how clean our car is, and so on to make sure we make a good impression.

__ I am all about building and maintaining friendships in my personal and professional life.
TIP: Career success, sales, and promotion are about relationships–good ones with people who can help you get where you need to go with a phone call or e-mail on your behalf. We all need more successful friends, not just acquaintances.

This list was a LOT longer but I cut it down to (hopefully) make it easier to read. Needless to say having a focus for the year, making and managing money, and staying healthy are important–but aren’t listed.

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