Chris, I think it's difficult for people to recognize what they do best. It seems that the things we do best really are intrinsic to us. Therefore, we incorrectly assume that they come naturally to others as well. This first step seems pretty difficult. Then, once you've identified what your expertise, the ability to discover why it's important to others also seems challenging. I'm certainly not arguing that we shouldn't do these things. Instead, I'm asking if you have advice for individuals attempting to identify their strengths and then step outside of their own context to understand why they're important to others. As always, you've given me much to consider. Kenna
@profkrg There are things we are good at, and things we enjoy. The most satisfying choices seem to arrive at the intersection of both skills and enjoyment, playing to our strengths in a way that's rewarding, both emotionally and financially. There's one key question that I use with my coaching clients, and I think it may help. The question is, "What is it that you would love to create?" It's important to consider the question seriously, and creatively, to arrive at a point of internal knowing, and I help my clients to see where that "aha!" moment lives. Then, a follow up: "What is is that you would like to create - with, through and for others - that people would pay you to do?" I tackle each one of those prepositions in detail, to arrive at a focus that isn't just navel-gazing, but allows for a new picture (a new thought) about how others can be engaged in your vision. After all, there's not much in the world worth doing unless it involves other people - and the only way to create a great vision is to share it, and then act on it. Does that make sense? This visioning exercise is one that has always had major revelations for me, as well as my clients - it's not so much about a technique or strategy as it is just looking in the right place, and letting your intuition help you along the way.