Are you spending too much time doing things you’re not passionate about in your business? Do you find yourself buried in nonproductive details and trapped in complex, energy-draining activities? Or, have you wondered what happened to the original energy and passion you had for the business?
As businesses become more successful, it's typical that business owners become busier, doing a wider range of activities farther from their talents – perhaps like keeping books, hiring, training, organizing the office or keeping technology up to speed.
As a result, the business can potentially hit a ceiling or a decline in growth. As business owners work harder and harder, they find themselves creating fewer results. Sound familiar?
A time-tested approach to escaping these complexities is to discover your Unique Ability®. Coined by Dan Sullivan, founder of The Strategic Coach®, Unique Ability is described as “the essence of what you love to do and do best.” It's a guiding principle that helps entrepreneurs simplify how they spend their time, prioritize their goals, and work with teams.
While the principle of Unique Ability works well for entrepreneurs, it also works in all sizes of organizations and on both personal and professional levels. For companies running on EOS® we use a simple tool called Delegate and Elevate™ to help us discover what our Unique Ability is.
Start Now – Take the 90-Day Challenge
The first step in discovering your Unique Ability is to complete the Delegate and Elevate tool. Over the next 90 days delegate activities that are in the bottom two quadrants of your Delegate and Elevate tool to someone who loves to do those things and is great at them.
At the end of the first 90-day period, review your progress and do the exercise over again. Keep eliminating what isn’t Unique Ability and keep expanding what is. Within half a year, you’ll notice a significant personal sense of meaning, motivation and momentum – with a big jump in your decision-making, creativity, communication, productivity, profitability and teamwork.
The goal is to spend most of your time in activities that you love to do and you’re great at – Unique Ability – which ultimately benefits the organization. Over time you delegate everything else!
By operating with your Unique Ability, you can enjoy a life that’s increasingly successful, satisfying and significant!
- Download the free Delegate and Elevate Tool.
- Download a free chapter of Get a Grip to learn practical ways to use EOS in your company.
This post originally appeared on the B.Inspired Blog in August, 2018.