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Get Dialed

How often are you “dialed?”

Action-sports athletes use the term “dialed” to describe when they’re efficiently calibrated to performing their activity. It’s an adept fluidity that they experience during a task. When an athlete is dialed and in motion, there are no excessive movements. His individual and surrounding energies are synergistic. He’s “in the zone.”

For example, think of a skateboarder doing a Method Air as if he’s simply breathing; or a snowboarder floating an Air-to-Fakie as if it’s second nature. In non-sports vernacular, consider a band playing as a tight unit. Or think of an entrepreneur who is smoothly leading the rapid growth of her company.

An individual doesn’t automatically get dialed. She has to practice. Additionally, she has to focus on, and unite with, a specific objective. For example, when preparing to drive a golf ball, an athlete will hit poorly if she employs a mere general focus on the ball and target. Conversely, if she fixes her eye specifically on one of the ball’s dimples, she has a better chance of being successful.

This connecting power works in other activities. For example, when giving a crucial presentation, or when making a key phone call, linking your efforts to a tight objective is important. If one’s focus isn’t sharp, he will likely achieve lesser results.

Additionally, achieving the habit of being dialed often produces a momentum that fuels additional benefits, such as increased confidence, which can flow into other areas of one’s life.

What are you doing when you’re the most dialed? Are you sharing your music knowledge? Are you managing a project? Are you providing one-on-one coaching advice? Are you organizing a family trip? Each of us has a tendency to become dialed in one core activity more than others. The trick is to pinpoint that core capability, apply it in more rewarding situations, and then bolster and monetize that talent.

Additionally, consider that your demonstrated talent may have a more valuable hidden core talent. For instance, let’s say you have a talent for photography or filmmaking. Perhaps these are the extensions, or symptoms, of a hidden and more profound core talent. Perhaps your true core talent is more fundamentally “creative processing” or “visual design” which can be extended to other mediums, some of which might offer higher rewards. Perhaps a tangential application (i.e. a step to the right or left) of your core talent could create better rewards for you.

If you’re in a situation where your talent is not encouraged, seek new environments where your genius is more fully rewarded. Have faith. Your ideal environment does exist. Become more perceptive, and seek it out.

About the author, John

John Benzick is an entrepreneurship coach and the founder of Venture Superfly. He is a Tech Partner at the venture-capital fund of Matchstick Ventures, a Mentor with Techstars Retail accelerator, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and (former CEO-in-Residence) at the University of Minnesota, and founder and owner in two consumer product businesses. Click the button below to learn more.

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