Guest Article: Jack of All Trades, Master of None?
By Natalie Peterson
Nothing will hold you back more in life than spending too much time comparing yourself to someone else. Instead of focusing on the strengths of others, spend your time focusing on and developing your strengths. What are you meant to do? Have you spent any time lately getting really clear on where you should be focusing your energy?
One of my mentors, Todd Durkin always talks about how important it is to Master Your Craft – to be so good at what you do that no one can take their eyes off you. By mastering your craft, you develop raving fans, you crush limiting beliefs and you do not settle for mediocrity.
Being a master of your craft is going to take a lot of hard work, dedication and focus. First, you must be specific about what it is that you do. What do you want to be known for? Are you a trainer who is known for training athletes? A massage therapist who specializes in deep tissue massage, or a manager who has built a world class culture in your workplace?
What are your strengths? Do you focus on sharpening those strengths or are you too busy trying to improve your weaknesses? If you are distracted trying to become a jack of all trades, you will be a master of none.
When I first started my personal training career I had shiny object syndrome. I was so busy looking around at what everyone else was really great at and how I needed to be like them that I was not paying attention to what my talents truly are.
Embrace your own unique talents, skills and gifts. Embrace them and sharpen them. Become a master of your craft and use it to serve others.
Once you are clear on your craft, the work begins. Do not let a day go by that you do not spend time continuing to master your craft.
1. Take action, practice your craft – we gain confidence by doing.
2. Join a mastermind coaching group – surround yourself with like-minded people who can lift you up.
3. Maintain laser-like focus – place post-it notes in places you will notice them often to snap you back into focus on your priorities.
4. Learn from experts – do not compare yourself to them. “Every artist was once an amateur” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. Start a meditation practice – use this quiet time to be open to inspiration and guidance.
6. Never stop learning – books, conferences, webinars, research papers.
7. Take care of your body – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
8. Keep a journal – record your journey to mastery.
9. Practice delayed gratification – becoming a master does not happen overnight. Enjoy small steps to success.
10. Set a theme of each year – this theme will become your mantra to the dedication of this craft.
11. Make the sacrifices that are necessary to meet your goals – make your craft a top priority in your life.
There is no greater joy that to bring significance to the life of another by sharing your gifts. Don’t delay, start your journey to mastery now. Never stop improving, never stop creating IMPACT.
To learn more about how you can learn to Master Your Craft through Todd Durkin’s IMPACT Leadership program CLICK HERE
-Natalie Peterson, Director of IMPACT Leadership leadership.todddurkin.com
Natalie is a naturally positive and energetic coach, speaker and transformational leadership development expert. As a part of the Todd Durkin Enterprises team her focus is bringing IMPACT Leadership into organizations around the world to help leaders in the workforce impact their teams with passion & purpose.
She believes in a few simple truths when it comes to making things happen in your life. It starts with owning, knowing and developing who you are and continues with making sure that you are as healthy as possible in mind, body & soul. Natalie has a natural ability to see the best in people and to help bring that out in them. She would love to do the same for you.
If you believe the IMPACT Leadership program would be a good fit for your organization contact Natalie: Peterson@todddurkin.com