Being an expert requires action. You have to be committed to the improvement of your craft. Things change over time. Innovations improve over time.
We all get curious of different stuff. This curiosity will continue to lead us as a human race to take numerous decisions that will favour the advancement of the human race.
It’s easy to think of coming up with different reasons for the quality of work you do. But the truth still remains: if you want to succeed, you have to be committed to your personal and professional development.
As the government are doing their own part to develop the economy [at their own pace 🙂 oinks!!!!], you are solely responsible to develop your own individual economy. Your expertise is your responsibility to think of, to care for, and to nourish. You don’t have to depend on other people for ALL your ideas. Go out and search for information. But don’t stop there coz it’s very possible to fall into a state of analysis paralysis.
Success needs dreams – a continuous use of the power of the mind – and a commitment to take action. It doesn’t matter if your action is huge or small. You just have to take that action.
To take action in the right direction, you will have to set goals, control your use of technology, and learn to solve problems in your field.
The quality of your life will depend on the quality of your priorities.
What are your priorities? If you’re not sure of it or you’ve never taken some time out to think about your life, well, I’ll tell you.
There are three kinds of priorities.
1. Priorities marked High
2. Priorities marked Medium
3. Priorities marked Low
You are responsible for determining the level of your priorities. A careful analysis of your personal and professional activities will tell you about your priorities.
The activities you value most are the priorities that are marked high. The ones you mark as medium are the ones that can be postponed until a future date. The priorities you mark as low can be those activities that you can always cross off your list for a better alternative that can happen impromptu.
To restructure your activities to succeed in your core expertise, you have to set goals.
Goals are your door to more opportunities for personal and professional advancement. You have to have plans – and those plans have to be consistent with the principle of abundant life.
You goals should move you forward. They should move you to be more, do more and have more.
To make your goals work for you, make it SMART.
SMART means your goals have to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-oriented and Timely.
CONTROL YOUR USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology can be useful in a lot of ways. On the other hand, technology can be harmful to your productivity.
A look into the life of successful professional people will let you in on one secret: they control their use of technology and not the reverse. They understand that tech can fail too. I suggest you start writing your to-do-lists on a piece of paper and ‘pocket’ that phablet for the next two hours.
In fact, your control of technology can add more control to your time. You’ll know when to stop using a particular piece of tech and leave that building for a drink with the people you care about.
Let technology be the tool that can help you do your work faster and better.
LEARN TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN YOUR FIELD
Every field of expertise exists to solve problems.
If there are no problems in your intended profession, there will be nothing for you to do. That also means that there will be nothing for you to earn.
This is because your ability to grow in a FULFILLING career is tied to your ability to solve problems in your profession. And your ability to solve problems in your profession will determine the quality of professional people you meet.
All skills are learnable. You can learn whatever topic that you’re interested in – if only you’re determined enough. Nothing on earth can stop you except you.
Of course, that’s why there are professional schools everywhere.
Choose your area of interest. Learn your craft. And become better at what you do.
STOP STOPPING. GO SUCCEED IN YOUR CORE EXPERTISE!
But before that…
IT’S NOW OVER TO YOU…
What’s your experience on having goals to achieve? Do you find it easy to set goals? Or do you just go about your career with the ‘whatever-comes’ mindset? Let’s talk about’em in the comments.