We have probably all said it when describing ourselves to others. “I’m just an X.”
But, I was taught this lesson a long time ago when I said: “oh, I’m just a trainer.” Right there, I degraded a career seen as a skilled worker’s job.
The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential.”
I’ve been fortunate to work in the training world for over six years. In that time, I had a chance to work with people down on their luck, fighting to get back on their feet and find work. Much of the work I had to do was to get them to take pride in their achievements and the skills they had gained.
The feeling of falling behind is common among high achievers. The bar is set high. Drive leads us to look at others who are further ahead, and to feel that we are not enough.
But, like a child learning to work, who falls after only a few steps, it’s important to look back at how far we have come, no matter how many times we have – or we feel – we have tripped.
Realising Your Value
So, how do we realise what our worth is, how much progress we have made?
We need to see the forest for the trees.
Write down on a sheet of paper, or several, all the individual skills you have. Whether it’s tying knots, cooking, quieting a crying baby, teaching a nervous technophobe to check their emails, motivating someone, CPR, writing clearly and concisely, or putting together furniture. You are the sum of this jigsaw of skills.
It is these abilities that are the envy, and the desirable abilities, others want or need.
It’s important to take pride in each of these abilities, to use them to get ahead of your peers, to help others, and to teach them to others.
Every step on the career ladder is about reaching for the next thing you cannot do yet, and relying on the multitude of things you are already capable of.
Grasp these skills, master them, utilise them, and cherish them, with unapologetic pride.
Do not look back on your journey with negativity, believing it is not enough. You cannot change the past, you can only move forward.
Accept the lessons you have learned, and move forward with purpose and conviction.
You are not just anything. You are the envy of others, but only if you realise your potential. For then you will have the kind of sense of purpose and positivity that others will lack.
Become an inspiration to them. Do great things, using your real potential. Do not be held back by your negative perception of what you can do and what you have done.
We can all be great, if we believe it.
Do you? Let me know in the comments.