On Magnifying Skills.


“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills”
– Jim Rohn

Good morning!

It’s the beginning of a brand new week and I’m so happy you’re here to start it with me. A huge warm welcome to our newest readers. This week’s unpack is slightly longer than usual but I trust that you’ll find it helpful.

Today’s quote is from the amazing Jim Rohn. If you’re unfamiliar with Jim’s work, I highly recommend listening to some of his talks on Youtube or tracking down some of his books. He speaks a lot on personal responsibility and doing what you can with what you’ve got. His wisdom is truly timeless.

If you aren’t getting what you want in your life, or your life doesn’t look how you would like, it’s probably because it’s beyond what your current knowledge or skill set allow, otherwise you would have already have that life/job/relationship etc. Rohn gives two options to get where you want to be – either modify your dreams, or magnify your skills.

In order to get to where you want to be (or who you want to be!) you can either enhance and grow the knowledge and abilities you already have, or alternatively, settle for a life that is smaller than your true desires.

Which one sounds more appealing?

Modifying your dreams may seem like a quick and easy way to get what you want. Suddenly you don’t have to work toward something more, just be content. Good in theory.. but..

Living a smaller life than we are capable of is like taking a shortcut to nowhere. It might be easier, it might take a lot less hard work and we probably won’t encounter much resistance, but ultimately the destination will never be satisfying. Do you want to be the same person 10 years from now that you are today? I doubt you would be here if that were the case.

And really, why would we have our dreams if we weren’t meant to pursue them? Why would ideas be planted in our hearts if they weren’t meant to expand and grow us into the people we are meant to be?

So, perhaps the only real option is to find ways to magnify your skills.

But, how?

Here are some suggestions:

think mindset: our mindset governs almost everything to do with how we experience life and how we think about things, and it can be changed. To get where you want to be will likely take a mindset that is positive, growth inclined and  believes success is possible.

think ahead: consider the “next level you”, the you of the future who is living your dream life. How are they different to the current you? What skills and knowledge do they have? How do they make decisions? Write down what they do differently, how they think differently etc and work toward making those things your reality now.

think habits: small daily habits can make huge differences over the long term. If you have to learn something new or grow your knowledge in a particular area, commit to taking small daily action toward your goal. James Clear has some excellent advice on developing great habits in his book Atomic Habits.

think wiring: we each have a unique energetic wiring that can determine a lot about how we naturally think and behave. Knowing our inherent strengths we can capitalise on them, as well as learning how to resourcefully access behaviour styles that may not come naturally but might still be necessary to get what we want. Our Inner Portrait is a great place to start!

How can you start to magnify your skills this week?

See you next week!

Jen x

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