Note: This is a guest post by Armen Shirvanian of Timeless Information
Before you start a task, you are going to want to assess the potential limit you can hit in aspects of the project. If you are about to set up a meeting for 24 dancers in your local area for them to get to know each other, you want to take the time to see how far your skills can take the occurrence. Will you simply keep it as a networking event, or will you try to set up a future dance contest, or will you go even further, and have everyone provide their information to be part of an e-mail group that continues to communicate with each other?
You want to assess your potential before you take action, so that you can judge whether the ending results of your efforts will be satisfying. If you are invited to give a speech, and are not sure if it is worth your time, this is the time to judge how far you can take the event. You might be able to give the speech, and at the same time make it remarkable enough to have a chance at attaining employment with one of the hiring individuals (from your desired place of employment) that would be present in the audience. In that case, it would then be more than worth it. If you couldn’t see yourself bringing a lot to the table, the speech might not be a wise use of your time.
Lean Toward The Option Where Your Passion Increases Potential
If you are provided with two internships, with one being at a local government facility and another being at a factory, and you see the government internship as more lucrative, don’t let that cloud your thoughts of which internship will be more valuable to you. If you can see yourself making more of an impact at the factory, because you have an intrinsic interest in bringing efficiency to a hands-on workforce, it would be nonsensical to take the government internship in the hope that the more lofty position would speak to future employers louder than the passion you would show at the factory position. Wherever you go, people want to see you bring a lot to the table, or they get the feeling that you are in the wrong place, regardless of how high-end the place is.
Your potential is easy to judge. The first feeling you get about how you will perform in a function or project is the one you want to listen to. You can then reflect on past examples of your efforts to add to that initial feeling, in order to accurately assess how you will do, or how far you will go, in the task. Your past repeats itself all the time in your current actions, because your personality and mannerisms are fairly fixed in place, so it would make no sense to think that the past version of you is a different person. You may be calmer with items that would cause you more tension in the past, but the same things that irked you in the past are likely to irk you today, and the same items you excelled at are the same ones that are your strengths today.
Cross Out Tasks That Would Lead To An Unsatisfying End Result
The idea behind checking your potential ability in a task before starting it is to filter out those tasks or events that would come out as “good” or “average” experiences. Since the goal is to stay in the “great” or “remarkable” categories, you have to protect the usage of your time and effort for those actions that are fitting. Here is a streamlined checklist of the process:
- you are provided with, or see, an opportunity
- you assess how far you can take the opportunity with your current abilities and passion
- you decline if you can’t take it to a suitable level of greatness, and accept if you can
- the value of your time continues to increase
Since you know your potential ability better than anyone, it is up to you to use that knowledge to avoid activities that don’t match it, and take part in those that do.
Armen Shirvanian writes for Timeless Information on topics including mindset development, social interaction, communication, and competition. He has also created a compilation eBook that contains thorough discussion about 11 valuable quotations. You can check out his articles and eBook at www.timelessinformation.com.