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Finding and using your own potential in 2020

People’s expectations towards the working life have changed. During the past 10–15 years, people have increasingly begun to expect their life to offer opportunities to do good, meaningful work in an organisation in which they can develop themselves professionally and use their own potential and develop it further.

Not only have the people’s expectations increased, but the demands in the working life have become higher, too: people are expected to be more self-guiding and have the ability to renew and develop themselves as professionals. In the coaching discussions, the question is no longer “What do want to do when you grow up?”, but more like “What do you want to do next in your career?”

Finding and using your own potential calls for good self-knowledge and the ability to identify the opportunities linked thereto in the operating environment. Identifying your own strengths, way of working and motivation factors forms the foundation for self-knowledge. It is also good to be aware of in which areas you have less potential and what you don’t believe in.

Succeeding and life in general is sometimes a lottery, and luck plays a part, too. The essential thing, however, is to focus on the things which we as individuals, teams and organisations can affect. If we always do the same things in the same way, we probably get the same results. Achieving better results and finding your own potential require trying out and doing better things and seizing opportunities on a regular basis.

When a new year begins, many of us make new year’s resolutions relating to new projects and habits. Most of those resolutions will have been broken by February. Studies show, however, that certain kinds of resolutions work and are easier to keep:

  1. Make just a few promises or changes at a time
  2. The new habit or promise is small and it will not be made more demanding until the earlier level holds
  3. The habit/promise is somehow based on existing operating models or personal characteristics
  4. If you break the habit/promise once, you restart with it right away

Doing new things always calls for time and energy. The recent news indicate that as much as 25% of Finns experience exhaustion. That is a very worrying figure; a significant share of the population is overloaded already. In conjunction with that, three guidelines for finding your own potential in 2020 could read as follows:

3 guidelines for 2020

Do not maximise – try to optimise your potential.

If you start something new, think what you need to stop doing to have enough time and energy.

What import thing that you’re already quite good at you could be excellent at in the future?

And here is our inverted list for missing your own potential in 2020:

  1. Don’t try anything new – ever!
  2. Try to please everyone.
  3. Don’t try to identify your strengths and weaknesses. If you did, focus on the weaknesses in particular.
  4. Mission, goal or purpose in life is a completely unnecessary invention.
  5. Try it once and if it doesn’t work, you can leave it – for good!
  6. Opinions are researched facts – especially when heard from just one person.
  7. Gratitude for what is positive and works is bad – it’s always good to be at least a little dissatisfied, preferably completely dissatisfied.
  8. Bad ideas and thoughts come from a single source – other people.
  9. Teamwork is stupid, and life is an individual sport – you can’t succeed together with others.
  10. The best way to steer your own life is by shouting from the backseat / bench / stand – not by participating in it.

We wish you a Very Happy New Year 2020!

Venla Tulppala & Antero Ohjanaho, Mazhr Oy

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