We’re each wired with attributes that help or hurt us depending on their application. A simple shift in alignment can 10X your results. While a blind spot can block you from achieving the life you want.
“It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre.” - Tim Ferriss
If you want to be exceptional you need to practice. Jerry Seinfeld famously said that he still writes comedy every day. As accomplished as he is, he still makes time to practice his craft daily.
Daily practice is what separates the good from the great. It’s what turns your strengths into superpowers. Follow the process below to develop your own.
Step 1: Discover your strengths
In order to discover your strengths I recommend you take a personality test. I like PrinciplesYou.com by Ray Dalio. It's free and gives a great breakdown of your strengths and how they can be applied in your life. Find themes and use those as a guide for the next step.
Step 2: Choose a strength to develop
Look at your list of strengths and choose one to develop. Choose the one that you feel you’re strongest in right now. For example, if you’re great at coming up with ideas, focus on that one.
Step 3: Choose an input activity
Find an activity that, if done daily, would help you develop that strength. For example, one of my strengths is ideation. My input activity is writing. Writing is thinking on paper. Therefore, the more I write, the more ideas I’ll have.
Step 4: Turn it into a daily practice
Turn that activity into something you do each day. Place it in your calendar and turn it into a daily recurring event. This is where the magic will happen.
- Strength: Ideation
- Input: Writing
- Daily practice: Write daily from 9 am-12 pm
Daily practice has the power to turn your strengths into superpowers. Follow the steps above to see exponential growth. The key is to be consistent Small improvements lead to greatness over time!