See Yourself as a Business & Life Professional?
Have you ever thought of yourself as a professional in anything? A business & life professional? What do you do really well? What do you want to do really well? Do you have a passion for something specifically, an area of your life that when you are in it, you simply smile and feel good? Do you consider yourself to be a professional in it? Is your goal to become a professional in it? Business & life both need professionals. Firstly, to simply show what can be done in a certain area of life or business and how well it can be done and secondly, to work with others and help them achieve a level of professionalism in their own right.
In the book, “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell repeatedly claims that to become an expert at something, one needs to spend approximately 10,000 hours practicing it in the correct way. What have you done or are doing that will at some point add up to around 10,000 hours of your life (Sleeping & eating do not count)? Is it in business or in life? Are you at 2,000 hours? 5,000? Closing in on your 10,000?
To understand how much time this is let’s quickly look at the time involved in practicing your craft. Let’s take 8 hours a day x 5 days per week x 52 weeks per year = 2080 hours. Now take 2,080 x 5 years = 10,400 hours. So if you practice your craft everyday for 8 hours per day for 5 straight years you can expect to become an expert in it. Does an expert equal a professional? I would think so.
However, this articles intention is to have its readers think about becoming a professional, not an expert; becoming a professional in some sort of business or work activity and also in their own life. Understanding that any area on which you focus on most is what materializes in your life is an important first step to developing a path toward becoming a professional or accomplishing a goal within business and life. You need to have focus on it, spend time working on it and use discipline to keep you on a path leading you toward your intended destination. Some might consider this manifesting your reality, but this focus, time and discipline on any area of your interest will certainly improve your level of expertise in that area and if enough time is spent, you may become an expert in it as well. Make sure you look at your choices thoroughly and chose the best path for you.
So what is it that you would, could or should be a professional at in business and life? Considering the business side of this question first may be easier for some. You may have worked in an industry or trade for some time and consequently have become very knowledgeable on how it works, who the movers and shakers are, what fundamentally drives it and how the puzzle pieces all go together within it. Maybe you simply understand a specific characteristic or function within the industry or trade that marks you as a professional within it to others. Possibly you have a desire to become a professional within an industry or trade that you have little knowledge of yet, but have plans to learn, grow, focus, spend time on and use your discipline to develop skills, acquire knowledge and become a professional. All these are good, just make sure you have an understanding of what you are doing, where you are going, are you adding value to others and are you learning new information on it for yourself as you grow as a business professional within this industry or trade.
What about the life professional? What does this mean? Let’s face it; you have “ONE” life to live. You have one shot at making your one life the best you can make. It’s up to you to become a professional at your own life. Each of us as our own life professional has a responsibility to ourselves and to others around us to understand what makes you, the “You” professional. Do you know what you want in your life? Do you know your life’s purpose? Not just any purpose mind you, “YOUR” life purpose. What are your beliefs, your faith, your values and your morels? This is what can make up your core. What lifestyle do you live? Is that the “YOU” professional you want others to see you as? Your friends… your family… your loved ones… your God? Do you need to fine-tune your life professionalism? Are you happy with whom you are inside? Do you enjoy how your body feels, looks or the amount of energy it has daily? Are you eating to live or living to eat? Are you spending way too much time watching the world go by living vicariously as a spectator? Watching TV, movies, sports, game shows, etc…? Remember what we said above about what you focus on materializes in your life. Don’t waste time sitting down and watching life go by spending 1,000’s of hours becoming an expert doing something like watching TV. Make your life about getting involved with others, helping, sharing and truly living it.
Being the best life professional “YOU” you can be is your responsibility. Don’t take it lightly. Here too, you need to have a plan and focus it on personal self development, always growing who you are. Understand what “YOU” need to do to be healthier and wiser for your own benefit and for the benefit of others. Others depend on you being at your best; make sure your best gets better every day and then share it. The “YOU” you are today, is your reality. If you are overweight, out of shape, feeling down or don’t yet realize your life’s purpose, this is “YOU”. Develop your vision of how you want to be in your future, create plans on how to make this happen, and begin your new journey. Delays cost you time and that time cannot be replaced once gone. The new “YOU” life professional that you can become is always in front you. It’s the new “YOU” you can become tomorrow if you add something to the “YOU” today.
Working towards being the best business & life professional I can be is a lifestyle trait I certainly want for myself. Sharing this trait with others and seeing them grow as well is worthy of a line item on anyone’s bucket list. I hope you add it to yours!
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Gary J Kiecker