I’m going to go against the mainstream and say that you should do away with analyzing your strengths vs weaknesses. That’s important, but what’s even more important is anaylyzing something that you do consistently.
- When you anaylze your strengths ask yourself, “Is this strength something I take consistent action with?”
If the answer is no. Then it will feel like putting in work every time you want to use that strength.
For example, I’m good at guitar. I can sing and play at the same time and all that. But Its a pain in the ass to record a song and learn a new one. I forget lyrics and just want to do my own thing. Even though I have talent and a strength, it takes enormous energy for me to sit down a record a song.
I don’t take consistent action.
Analyze what you do consistently instead of analyzing your strengths
The reason this is important is because when you do something consistently and get a reaction, it’s feels like you’re not doing any work. All you have to do is just do what you normally do and increase the amount of times you do it.
Make a list
Write down a list of all the things you CONSISTENTLY do.
I don’t care how mundane or boring the ‘consistent’ thing is, but write down a list. If you bake a cake every weekend and get compliments on it, then think about expanding.
- The consistent thing you do can be something you do everyday, every other day, every week, or even every month.
Do you get a reaction?
The next step is to analyze if you get a consistent reaction out of the consistent thing. Maybe you crack jokes and everyone tells you you’re funny. Think about a YouTube channel.
- The point I’m trying to make is, you did something and people consistently reacted to you. Maybe you do one crappy piece of artwork a month and people comment on it. Good.
Increase that action
The next thing you are going to do is start taking more consistent action.
If you bake cakes, then you might start a weekly YouTube channel showing tips and tricks on getting the perfect crust. Do you use ice water or no ice water on the crust? Do you pre-wrap the crust in foil or leave it off? What’s your mixture of butter and shortening?
Even though, I’m a guy, I learned all this stuff from my mom. It’s not my niche, but if I was ever strapped for ideas I would get to baking cobblers and cakes.
Another thing I do is go to the gym 5x a week. I’m not jacked but I’m fit.
If I started a YouTube channel I would have to think about differentiating myself. I could talk about how the gym is more about mindset training than anything (it is).
Take a look at the vegan bodybuilder channels if you want to drill down on specific ideas people are pulling off.
My one “consistent” thing that’s made me money
The next consistent thing I ever did for all these years, was take random notes and observations about books and everything around me. My iPhone, laptop, Google drive, email, and room are filled with ideas and random pieces of information I’ve collected. I don’t know why I do this but it’s the one consistent thing I do.
- Eventually I asked myself, “Ok how do you make money writing down random ideas?” The answer was to start blogging. From that point forward, all I’m doing is expanding upon that consistent action.
What you’re consistent at may not what you want to be.
I never wanted to be a writer or blogger growing up. Even a few months ago I wasn’t so sure. But I merely looked at the one consistent thing I did and ran with it.
It’s August 22, and I’ve written 46 articles in this month alone just taking consistent action. For me, it’s not work because I’ve always been writing.
They say, “You are what you do everyday.” And everyday I write and take notes.
- Write down a list of all the consistent things you do.
- Ask yourself if you get a reaction out of that consistent thing
- If yes, then increase and expand that ability
- Get over the fact that it might not be what you wanted to do