I used to think the road to success meant I needed to be good at everything.
Is it safe to assume you may have this problem too?
It’s a simple question, do you want to be above average at a lot of things or do you want to be considered an expert in your niche?
Most of us are trying to take on more than we are physically and mentally capable of. We attempt to juggle multiple things at once while distributing our focus amongst these equally.
And we wonder why we aren’t seeing results?
If you find yourself in this position, recognise that you are stretching yourself too thin and there are better options.
You have the ability to identify what is working so you can take advantage by doing more of it.
Narrowing your focus will lead you to more opportunities that you can apply focus to that are fulfilling yet still deliver value to others.
If you’re unsure of what you want to do in life or can’t seem to figure out what has been working, go explore.
There may be a lot of things that pique your interest and you want to avoid pigeonholing yourself and that’s totally fine.
You have full permission to go into exploratory mode.
Exploratory mode is great for people who don’t have a concrete direction in life and realise they want to break away from the normal, expected routine society has engrained in us.
It’s okay to start dipping your toes into different areas.
Maybe you are interested in crafting, photography, painting, jewelry, cooking, or fashion. It’s natural to want to branch off and try these new things. It’s about slowly overlapping from your full-time gig which is covering bills so you can discover what is working for you and what isn’t.
I’ve dabbled in so many creative things from the time I arrived in Australia till now; modelling, public speaking, t-shirt designs, graphic design, website design, hand lettering, etc.
As I bounced around between creative ventures, I was also trying to become a personal coach and a business coach.
I thoroughly enjoyed helping people reach their goals.
I was the definition of being a jack-of-all-trades.
I was becoming fairly decent at all of them but nothing was sticking.
Some of these things I put a lot of effort into for a few years and wasn’t seeing measurable results or finding self-fulfillment.
After all my experimenting, it dawned on me that something wasn’t right. I wasn’t making progress or was in an endless cycle of mediocrity and unhappiness.
I had to figure out what wasn’t working.
We have a tendency to start something until we see a glimpse of success.
We then drop it and transition to the next possible big thing or we try to keep taking on more so we can be “diversified and knowledgeable” of many things.
We also worry too much what other people think of us that we never start or we tailor our work towards what we think people will like.
Are you guilty of either of these?
Chances are you most likely fall into one of these buckets. Maybe even both.
I know from my experiences that I was trying to be an all-star and had my hands on everything possible. I figured the more things I could be good at, the more opportunities would arise which meant more money.
Sadly, making money was the main focus of it all.
With attempting to be good at everything, I started to worry too much what people thought of me and I wanted to create things to please them.
I lived for affirmation.
This resulted in me diverting from my original style and creating work that wasn’t true to my roots.
It was all fake and none of it was working.
If anything, I was looking like a fool trying to juggle so many things at once and letting other peoples opinions dictate what I created.
It took me a long time to figure out this wasn’t the right path.
I was doing too much and I needed to determine what was working and detach myself from what wasn’t.
Save yourself from guessing what you should do next in life.
Once you meet the criteria of meshing strengths and passions while combining it with what works, it’s time to channel all of your efforts into a single goal.
It’s easy to keep bouncing from one thing to the next.
You hope luck is on your side so you can stumble into something that will bring you immediate success without having to invest the hours to earn it.
Quit investing your time and efforts into something that isn’t working.
Perseverance is a quality trait to have, but doing the same thing over and over expecting to get different results is leading to defeat.
Capitalise on what works.
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