In this video, get a review of what's currently working. Reflect on the strengths that you are currently using at work and strengths that may be latent from childhood interests.
- When wondering what's next, many go-getters and proactive problem solvers jump straight to what's out there, completely skipping over what's already under their feet. This is one of the biggest pivot pitfalls, the step that many people unintentionally skip, leaving them in a state of analysis paralysis or compare and despair. How 'about you? Have you made the same mistake where the moment you realize you're at a pivot point, wondering what's next, you start looking first at what's out there, scanning job boards, talking to other people about options, maybe even sprucing up your resume? But recall the basketball player analogy.
In a pivot, it's your strengths, interests, and a clear sense of what's already working in your day to day role that will help distill the possibilities of what to pursue, determine next steps, and reveal how to structure day to day activities for maximum happiness and productivity. The plant stage covers two main things. One, your strengths, what's already working, when you feel most in the zone. And two, a vision for where you want to end up one year from now. For the first part, let's review what's currently working, either personally or professionally, since they often both reveal common themes.
In the exercise file, reflect on the following. What are your biggest strengths? What do people come to you for advice on most often? What are you the go-to person for on your team or among friends and family? Reflect on the last two weeks. When were you most in the zone? Looking ahead to the next two weeks, what do you most look forward to on your to-do list? Another way to identify your strengths is to look back on your childhood interests, even across different brackets of life such as elementary school, middle school, high school, then college extracurriculars and internships.
For example, when I was little I used to love making my younger brother play school. Poor guy. I used to teach him what I was learning and create worksheets for him to fill out because I wanted him to be as smart as I was, which is not unlike what I'm doing right now, teaching a course with worksheets and exercises for you to fill out. My partner Michael used to love taking his tape recorder around the house, following his grandma and interviewing her, while also playing with voices of different characters that he had seen on movies and in cartoons. Later, to supplement his career as an artist down the road, he picked up voiceover work as a side hustle employing those very same skills that he had practiced as a kid.
Now it's your turn. Jot down everything you can think of of what's working best right now, your strengths, your interests, when you feel most in the zone and what you most look forward to. That will get you ready for plant part two.
- Optimizing your current role
- Identifying your strengths
- Crafting a one-year vision of success
- Making connections to "friendtors" and one-off mentors
- Creating a skill-building game plan
- Identifying small experiments and stretch projects
- Embracing smart risks
- Mapping next moves to make a greater impact