In today’s fast-paced life, the wins usually go to those
with exceptional skills and abilities. The old quote is
true, “The race is not always won by the swift and the
strong, but that is the way to bet.”
With this in mind, and with your desire to become
increasingly successful, here are some ways to accelerate
your abilities, thus enabling you to achieve greater and
Become dissatisfied with your current state. Growth for
growth’s sake is good. Those who will achieve much are those
who say to themselves, “I want to grow. I want to be better.
And I am willing to do what it takes to get there. This
current state is not enough!” This dissatisfaction will
create for you an insatiable drive to do what it takes to
get your abilities to the next level.
Visualize the benefits of increased abilities. Put them at
the forefront of your mind. This will saturate your mind
with the motivation that it will take for you to do what it
takes to increase your abilities. What good will come out of
my increased ability? How will I be better off as well as
the others around me? The answers to these questions act as
the carrot before the horse, moving you forward.
Understand your weaknesses. If you want to improve, one of
the best ways is to start with some area that you aren’t
particularly good at. This is the “shoring up method.”
Sometimes it is easier to improve something you aren’t good
at than something you are. And the gains will still look
great for your overall situation!
Take some time to consider what areas you are weakest in and
focus in on them for a while. The results will obviously be
much more pronounced than getting better at something you
have already somewhat mastered.
Attempt greater levels of what you are already good at.
Another tact to take would be to stretch yourself in an area
that you already have some skill and ability in. What areas
do you excel in?
Now understand that when you leave the weaker areas weak and
make extraordinary gains in one area, then you will be
moving more toward “specialist” rather than “generalist.”
That is okay, but needs to fit in with your overall goals.
Commit time each day to improvement. Steady improvement is
the way to go. In fact, you may not see improvement for days
or weeks. You may feel like you are failing each time. But
alas, eventually you will get it and your skill will
increase to the next level.
The key is day in, day out, spending time working on
improving. Even five minutes a day equals a half hour a
week, 2 hours a month. That adds up! Remember, Practice,
Seek out and spend time with someone who has greater ability
than you. One of the best things to do to increase your
ability is hang out with people who are already more skilled
than you. Watching, them, studying them, interacting with
them, even competing with them will make you better.
As in sports, to improve, you play with people better than
you, not worse. They will raise you to a new level. Who
around you can you get involved with who will help you with
Be the tortoise, not the hare. Slow but sure. Take your
time, do it right. Keep going in the right direction. Learn
your craft correctly. Don’t give up quality for speed. The
whole idea of acceleration is this way: Slow start, work up
to high speeds, go the distance. Luckily life isn’t a sprint
but a marathon!
I hope these ideas help you as you commit to accelerating
by Chris Widener