I had a friend who had German and Spanish parents. They both spoke their different languages to their families and friends. My friend experienced this while growing up and as impressive as it was that he understood both languages, he had difficulty speaking them. He had acquired the knowledge but did not give himself the opportunity to utilize it hence his inability to speak languages he was used to.
Utilization simply means to make practical and effective use of something. It is the ability to use one’s knowledge, skills, talents, expertise effectively and readily in execution or performance. Utilization is important because it equals action, and action is the universal language of success.
Utilization helps you put to practice and master the skills, abilities, or information you already have.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do”
While the majority of people have skills, talents, abilities that they developed over time, just a few of them utilize it. In reality, people have information they do not use, skills they are ignorant of, and talents they trivialize. We have people who know a bit of everything but never really a master of anything. This is because they put more effort into acquiring knowledge than they utilize the knowledge they already have one at a time.
Too much information you have these days and still acquire without putting the ones you have to use is a futile effort that materializes to being a jack of all trades, master of none. A term used to reference a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.
Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. It is less about how much you know and more about how well you use what you know.
Have you identified your skill, talents, and abilities? How well do you utilize them?
Each of us has unique skills and abilities to contribute to humanity. Despite knowing this, it can be difficult to realize what those skills are and how to use them well. Whether you’re a numbers whiz, you do embroidery, or you excel socially, there are ways to put your skills to use rather than pile them and let them become a waste. Diamonds are attractive because of their appearance and the value they carry. If one discovers acres of diamonds, the person can vastly accumulate great wealth.
The great thing is that we all can find diamonds. They exist everywhere. The surprising thing is that most of the time, they are just close to us. We don’t get to see them because we ignore their existence.
You will need to find out how to find your diamonds that can offer you the wealth you desire. Provided you find the right one, and act on different ways to increase its value. It seems like it’s common knowledge for all of us to use our strengths or talents, but the sad thing is, lots of people still set them aside. They do not see the need to build on any of these skills; rather they go on and acquire little knowledge about other skills. We must realize that knowledge becomes power only if we put it to use.
As we approach 2021, you need to be intentional about utilizing your skills and knowledge. There are skills you have that others are willing to pay for,
information you have that can be impactful to others if shared. These skills and information are such that you can leverage to give yourself a better life.
All the information and skills you have acquired needs to be put to good use.
To be able to utilize your skills, you need to first recognize the skills that you have. Start by creating a list on a piece of paper of what you believe you are good at. Do this by reviewing your current and previous jobs or tasks you have done before that people commended you for including things you naturally excel at. You can have many types of skills and not even know it. Skills aren’t just knowledge but are ways of relating to information and people. Skill types can include technical, transferable, and personal skills. Technical skills are the “how-to’s”, such as fixing or creating things, and administering or following protocols, such as being a mechanic, nurse, or artist. Transferable skills are skills that can help in many situations, such as organization, customer service, teamwork, and leadership, and can be helpful across many professions or activities. Personal skills include being reliable, having initiative, listening to your gut/intuition, and being self-motivated. Reflect on your skills and recognize that you have many skills. Remember how your skills have helped you in the past and brainstorm ways to use your skills.
Secondly, identify which skill you excel more at and passionate about. Identifying your strength, weaknesses, and passion helps you determine which skill -out of your skill box- you could easily build on. Knowing your strengths can be a game-changer for your life and career. Your biggest personal strength would be something that comes very easily for you. Take some time and think about what comes naturally to you. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses gives you a better understanding of yourself and how you function.
Understanding your strengths keeps you ahead in a lot of things. For instance, if you are looking at career options, you would be able to narrow down specific job scopes based on the things you know you are good at.
Knowing what you can excel at enables you to aim higher and achieve much more. Identifying your weaknesses gives you a clearer understanding of things that may be holding you back, and you can then work around finding ways to not let your weaknesses pull you behind.
Also, build a platform where you can express these skills, display the talent, or share the information you excel at. To utilize your skills, you need to create platforms that are easiest for you to share your knowledge with the world. One such platform that can be created at no cost is Social media. Social media is important because it allows you to reach, nurture, and engages with your target audience -no matter their location. When a business can use social media to connect with its audience, it can use social media to generate brand awareness, leads, sales, and revenue. It could give you global recognition for what you do. Leveraging your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms to showcase a piece of art, a song you wrote, a dress you sew, a poem, or content you developed can expose your talent to your community and a global audience.
Acquiring skills and information you do not use is a wasted effort, and anything that is a wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes inseparably linked with the best utilization of our efforts.