I Just Got a Big Kick in the A$$!

I Just Got a Big Kick in the A$$!

Some times you need a kick in the a.. to realize that you’ve been in you comfort zone for too long and it’s time to move to a new level in your work.

I have been posting for about 3 months and I became more and more comfortable with my writing…so I need to change my writing and explore new subjects. Why?

Because I want to improve myself. I want to be better. And the best way to become a better me is to challenge myself on a daily basis. And writing in a challenge for me, specially in English since it’s not my first language, so it’s not a natural for me but I aim to become a natural.

Below are some of the challenges I intent to measure myself against while growing my business, and funny enough, the first one is writing!

1. Start writing

Writing sounds basic, but putting pen to paper isn’t always easy. It takes time, which often comes at a premium. When you have a spare moment, try to write and share your expertise. Actively thinking about your experiences and opinions can serve as a self-coaching session. But don’t write on a huge variety of topics; write more about less. This forces you to think deeper into a specific topic and challenge your beliefs.

To get the ideas flowing, ask yourself what’s important to write about. What does your audience need to know? Where are new industry trends taking your company?

2. Narrow your expertise

The people who stand out are those who have built a reputation as the best. Challenge yourself to be the most knowledgeable in your discipline, and people will start to naturally think of you when seeking industry advice or thoughtful commentary. But don’t get caught up in the same dry topics or you could drive readers away. Apply your expertise as a cornerstone to talk about a variety of different topics.

3. Constantly crave feedback

Gauging your performance through the eyes of others is one of the best challenges–and often the most uncomfortable. That’s why people tend to shy away from it, especially when they don’t deliver. Take feedback not as an opportunity to earn approval, but as a chance to turn a perceived weakness into a strength.

4. Be honest with yourself

Write down five skills you think are vital to the success of your business. Then, grade yourself on each. As you assess your abilities, take into account not only your own expectations, but also the expectations others might place on you. Once you have an idea, determine how you can improve the skills that don’t make the grade.

5. Set lofty goals

Some people will tell you to only set obtainable goals. But these are rarely challenging. Instead, shoot above obtainable. You’ll be surprised what you’re capable of.

6. Choose the road not yet traveled

I find it interesting when a business does exactly what its competitors are trying to accomplish in the marketplace. Following is no way to lead, so look for unexplored areas in your market to help differentiate your business from the competition.

7. Never stop learning

Adopting a student mentality pushes you to become a master of your craft. Our partners consistently shares articles with one another in areas that will help us educate and challenge ourselves. When you discover new ways of looking at industry trends or norms, don’t keep them to yourself. Share this knowledge with your team so they can learn and adapt.

As you raise the bar for yourself, your partners will inevitably follow. Trust me; it’s contagious. And over time, your partners will take on a collective mindset that can bring your business to new levels of success.

SO! Are you up to the challenge?

I AM!

Cheers!

Patricia

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