6. Educate yourself! Now that you have identified which skills to improve, make a list of 3-5 actions to do each day which will support your skill development. If communication is a weakness you could:
- Commit to speaking to someone new every day.
- Write in a journal every day with the intention of making clear statements.
- Research positive communication styles.
To educate literally means to “bring forth what is already there” in terms of true potential. The more you “educate” yourself, the more you become aware of your hidden talents.
7. Create some goals! Individually, all of our qualities are great and unique. But just as in the case of delicious food ingredients, the most delightful outcomes result when our individual qualities (and ingredients) are applied and blended together in service of a higher goal. Ask yourself some questions:
- What would I love to experience?
- What would I love to create?
Write your goals down and read them over every day. Break them down into steps.
8. Factor in rest! Balancing periods of concentration with periods of lighter work is important. When we are task orientated our brains are operating in what is called a beta brain wave pattern. Studies show that this brain wave patterning is associated with higher usage of glucose and oxygen . It literally requires more energy to concentrate in an intense way. Have you ever wondered why you feel so tired when doing detailed work?
When we relax focus as in gazing out of a window or lightly day-dreaming we move into an alpha brain wave pattern. This is a less energy consuming state which promotes creative thought.
Getting adequate sleep is also important. Sleep converts recent experience into memory and is essential for the retention of learning.
9. Contemplate! Creative thought and solution orientation is further enhanced through contemplation. Aristotle described contemplation as man’s “highest ability” and the original Christian meaning of contemplation is to have the “Vision of God”. When we contemplate, we combine “thinking” with a meditative state which lifts us above the limitations of the rational, everyday mind. Rather than interpreting something as a “problem”, ask some useful questions:
- How can I best create the result I want?
- If I applied 5% or 10% more energy to what is going on, what would I do differently?
Now just shut your eyes and relax!
10. Have fun! Life is meant to be enjoyed and a significant way to do this is by enjoying the work that you do. Sometimes this is easy and sometimes it feels more challenging. In the challenging times remind yourself of all the benefits of your work and how it supports your other values, like owning your own home or going on holidays. Be fully engaged in where you are now and allow the next steps of your life to open up.