This holiday season, I am trying to be more positive about myself. I don’t want to do this just to toot my own horn, but instead to realize that I’m bringing something valuable to the table. When I feel like I’m a useful human being, I work harder and I get more things done well. Today, the exercise I wanted to share involves creating a Venn Diagram.
Basically, I know that I don’t have all the skills in the world, but there are a few I do have that, in combination, make me an asset. For instance, there are zillions of people who love to write; no uniqueness there. When you add that I write fairly error-free writing (only one typo per page on average), you narrow the pool a little bit. When you add in that I write extremely quickly, you narrow down this skill even more. So rather than telling myself I’m the best writer (super general and definitely not true), I can tell myself, “Self, you enjoy writing fairly error-free prose very quickly!”
Having these specific, niche skills can empower us to see our place on the team. For instance, I frequently meet people whose work is more lyrical than mine, or whose sentences have better SEO for their keywords. That’s great! We make a good team, because if I can write fast, error-free prose and they can optimize it for search engines or make it sound beautiful, we’ve complemented each other.
What are the skills you bring together to make a more specific, more niche skill? Figuring this out on Monday will help motivate you as you work through the difficult challenges this week. In some cases, it will help you realize that you are the person who is born to do this work, and in others, it will help you justify reaching out to others for help, since we aren’t all built to have all the skills.