Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Starting a small business will force you to figure out what your superpowers are very quickly. I learned this the hard way.
I started up my business with what I thought was a good understanding of my superpowers, but holy cow was I wrong.
I thought I was fairly organized. Nope. My kryptonite.
I thought I was good at cold calling. Nope. More kryptonite.
It wasn’t until I began to keep track of my progress that my success and happiness began to change.
I forced myself to assess my progress every day, month and year. I created time for reflection to make sure that I wasn’t blindly hoping for the best. I was actually eliminating the habits that weren’t making me happy and adding habits that were making me happy.
My kid is teething right now. He won’t stop gnawing on the furniture, trying to soothe his pain.
Most first-time experiences are painful. You don’t know what will work and what won’t. When I first started blogging I wrote about whatever came to my mind. As I continued to blog, I became much more focused on giving value to my readers.
As the weeks turned into years, I began to develop my writing superpowers. I understood what piqued readers’ interests and what didn’t. It was a painful process that I’m still working on, but each day is a little more enjoyable than the last.
I learned to stop making the same mistakes and discovered how to focus my powers for optimum performance. I still have a long way to go, but each day I study people who have stronger superpowers in the areas in which I want to excel.
I have a friend whose superpower is copywriting. You can tell her to write about almost anything from whales to cities she’s never visited and you can’t stop reading. You want to visit, buy or do whatever she wants you to do. She knows this and leverages her career from this one superpower.
Every time she publishes her blog, I study her technique and try to implement small changes to enhance my powers. This process encourages me to review my superpowers to make sure I’m improving. Without my review process I would still be the same awkward writer.
I started keeping a 1 sentence daily career journal. I usually end up writing 2 or 3 sentences, but this simple method keeps me aware of my progress.
It’s one of the best regular habits I’ve ever practiced.
I have been setting aside a couple of hours on the first Sunday of each month in order assess my goals. I notice what goals I have been easily attaining and what goals I keep missing.
The goals I continuously miss are usually attributed to my fear. If I want to launch a product by July 15th, but I still haven’t done it by July 22nd, my fear is the culprit.
I recently took a deep look at my fear. I don’t do this like a normal person; that would be too boring. I sit with Charles, my sidekick. Charles is the kind side of my personality who always has compliments and love. We sit and discuss why this fear is holding me back.
Each year I take time during the first weekend in December to take a deeper look into my goals. Charles and I sit down and talk about my arch nemesis Dr. Oatzel and discuss why he is exposing so many of my weaknesses.
This imagination exercise allows me to stop thinking of my fears and weaknesses in a negative way. I think of them as something external that I can learn from.
This allows me to put the blame on an external source instead of myself for just a short while. It helps me gain perspective. It almost becomes a spiritual meeting.
Make Your Reviews Fun
I’ve been through a lot of reviews throughout my career and most of them were agonizingly boring. It’s as if my employers were afraid to make the process fun and interesting. They would rather struggle through it and get it over with as soon as they can so they could get back to doing real work.
Reviewing your progress is real work.
It’s a vital part of success. So make it so much fun that you can’t wait to do it again next month or next year.
When harnessed, your superpowers can be unstoppable. You can’t harness your powers without being honest about your skills as well as your weaknesses
Once you learn how to harness your superpowers people will come running to you to help save them.
Try to notice what comes easily to you. What skills do you have that make the work easy?
When you can do a daily, monthly, and yearly review of your superpowers? Take the time to adjust so you are using more of your superpowers every single day.
* Join the Work Happy Now Facebook Page and interact with other people who are trying to level up their happiness and success.
* Check out Mark’s post Backwards: Why Common Abundance Manifestation Approaches Are Sabotaging Your Success. It’s a wonderful read for small business owners.
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