Let’s be honest. You dread certain tasks. Really dread them. You might even wake up in the morning and experience a sinking “uuuugh” feeling when you remember one of them.
Here’s the kicker: not only do you dislike this type of task, and feel exhausted just thinking about it, but it can also damage your reputation.
For example, you might be right-handed. If someone put a pencil in your left hand and asked you to write with that left hand, you could, theoretically. However, it would feel awkward, you probably wouldn’t get optimal results, and it would take a lot more effort. Similarly, if you have an employee with Primary Mystique Advantage, and you expect her to sparkle with gregarious banter while schmoozing clients, you might be disappointed. But does the problem lie with her characteristics, or with your expectations?
In Sally Hogshead’s best-selling book, How the World Sees You, she describes why this is your “quicksand.” Quicksand tasks drain your time and energy, preventing you from allocating yourself on the areas that actually lead to big results. In quicksand mode, you’re less likely to impress and influence people, which puts you at a real disadvantage in your business efforts.
On the other hand, there are different opportunities that feel amazing. These are your “wellspring” activities. These tasks give you energy, rather than requiring energy. They make you feel focused, confident, and in the flow. Coworkers and clients alike can feel confident when coming to you with wellspring tasks and opportunities.
For a quick tip on immediately applying these concepts to improving productivity – Ask yourself these simple questions:
1. Which types of projects feel like a wellspring? (Do more of these, because they showcase your natural Advantages.)
2. Which projects feel like quicksand? (Watch out for these! They can damage people’s perception of you. Try to stay clear of being responsible for tasks like this, or at least understand that they require a lot more effort on your part. Explain to your team why they drain you, and try to think of a plan for optimizing the situation.)
Curious to know what Sally Hogshead's answer was?
“My wellsprings include activities such as idea development, writing notes to you, and playing fetch with my French Bulldog puppy, Bacon. My quicksand areas include spreadsheets and proofreading. In fact, receipt tracking is such an area of quicksand that my company no longer does expense reports. Literally, no expense reports whatsoever. “
When you identify which activities energize you and which ones leave you watching the clock you can be more intentional about the tasks you take on. You'll increase performance and your ability to communicate and collaborate with others. Need a refresher on how to communicate your highest value? Log in to your Fascinate Account today.
On page 47, She also shows you what your “wellsprings” are.
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But does the problem lie with her characteristics, or with your expectations?
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Great post! It's a relief being told that as a person with a Mystique Advantage (although secondary) I am excused from being a fountain of innovative ideas and creative visuals. I love diving into an article, reading, studying, writing etc. But then trying to "sell" my findings or my articles make me... if not terrified, then at least a much less confident me!
I am currently rebranding myself(using Fascination and Anthem!) and I have been thinking about this very topic. In the past I have focused on what I thought others would be interested in. Now I am focusing on my wellsprings - what really energizes me! Can't wait to see the results!
You said this oh so well! Really know our own boundaries, and draw the line on boring. Step up calmly: then ask for change, and work a great solution.
Great post! Very apropos for me, as I've been really examining my "wants" and "don't wants" when it comes to work, lately. Thanks!