4 best ways to find out what you’re good at

The basic self-analysis tools are insightful questions. Doing things daily compounds quickly, so I recommend establishing some self-analysis habits. A few of disciplines you can do:

1. Journaling

Journaling is the most common method of self-analysis among successful people.

There are all kinds of journals both in the subject matter and technique of journaling. Handwriting activates your motor memory.

I ask myself every morning an insightful question and answer on paper.

A few question that will help you to discover your strengths:

What I do I like to do?
Which virtues are my favorites and which I need most?
What are my unfair advantages?
In which area have I a great memory?
What information I register effortlessly?
About what do other people ask me for advice/ help?
When did I perform significantly better than my peers? Why?
For what people praise me?
On what can I focus effortlessly?

Action Items:

  • Start small.
  • Aim for sustainability; pick the method suitable for your lifestyle that will be easy for review.
  • Review your journal regularly; set a schedule and stick with it.

2. Meditation

The biggest advantages of meditation is self-awareness.

Meditation has many benefits including increased focus, memory, and productivity.

Two main obstacles in starting the meditation practice are:

Unreasonable disquiet about this activity. (Many successful people attribute a lot of their successes to meditation; its effectiveness is confirmed by university research.)

Lack of time. (You may start from two minutes and can practice almost in any circumstances.)

Action Items:

  • Reserve a couple minutes of your time, preferably in solitude (not obligatory, but very helpful).
  • Sit or lie and relax (not obligatory, but very helpful).
  • Close your eyes (not obligatory, but very helpful).
  • Breathe deeply for two minutes, focusing on the air coming in and out of your nostrils (you can also focus on any of your body parts or sense your body in general); when a thought crosses your mind, acknowledge it and get back to your point of focus.

Congratulations. You’ve just meditated for the first time in your life; repeat this process ten days in a row and you will develop a stable meditation habit.

3. Self-analysis surveys

They are not exactly comprehensive or accurate, but they are a good start.

For example: Personal Strengths Profile | DISC self-assessment profile | Understand yourself | Tony Robbins

For the price of your e-mail address, you can get to know your values and behaviors. I was amazed at how accurate some of the conclusions were.

As you can see any aesthetic endeavors are out of the question for me.

4. Direct feedback

This is what works for Gary Vaynerchuck. He constantly listens to his employees, clients, audience and friends. He is not afraid to ask them about their opinions about himself.

Instead of laborious self-analysis, he goes out to the people and listens what do they say. Instead of guessing his talents he hears about them from others.

If you have balls to take constructive criticism, it’s the fastest route.

This article was originally published on Medium.