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Know what you are good at

Here are some tips to help you get started for a better future

education Updated: Mar 28, 2012 10:47 IST
Samir Parikh

It is helpful for all of us to try and determine what we are good at. Every individual should strive to develop a better understanding of his positives and strengths to do well in life. Here’s some help to get started:

1 You are unique: Everybody has his strengths and is unique in his own way. You should always keep this in mind to be able to manage things in the best way possible.

2 Make an effort: Always remember that to develop proficiency in any aspect, effort and practice is required. Abilities shine through consistent efforts.

3 Know yourself: Being self-aware is the first step to developing and polishing your abilities. It is essential to know the potential aspects that you can work on to move ahead.

4 No blaming yourself: Blaming yourself or being overly self-critical creates doubts in your mind. You should have a realistic understanding of things.

5 Identify what you enjoy doing: One of the easiest ways to identify what you can be good at is by first determining what you might enjoy doing. Things you relish doing can be built into a skill set which can be useful in the future.

6 Appreciate the results: Acknowledge the efforts you have put in and appreciate results as well.

7 Do not compare: Realistic comparisons can act as a motivator but continuously comparing yourself to someone does not help. Instead, focus on yourself and work on your assets.

8 Take advice from elders: Your elders know and understand you well. They have seen you grow up and tend to be in a good position to guide you. Taking their advice is always advisable though the ultimate decision should be your own.

9 Be competitive: Competitiveness which is healthy and which acts as a motivator to do things is good.

10 Chart a growth plan: Have a plan of action. It helps to have a rough idea of how you would want things to go and move ahead so that you can consistently work towards it and ensure that things go well. Keep yourself on track in terms of what you want to achieve and when.

The author is a psychiatrist, and chief, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Max Healthcare