I am constantly thinking of ways to make improvements, always searching for the next scoop. Strategies to improve decision-making. Tips for creating killer presentations. Or more creative ways to solve problems.

It’s this insatiable curiosity that led me to explore how someone could achieve their greatest potential — and take their career to go from good to great.

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a step-by-step approach that leverages my favorite tools from a variety of experts.

For today, let’s focus on the first step.

In Jim Collins’ business classic Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap..And Others Don’t, he writes that the key is to understand what your organization can be the best at in the world. It all starts with having an understanding of:

  • What you’re good at
  • What you are deeply passionate about
  • What drives your economic engine

The truly great companies differentiate themselves by looking inward, asking the question “Where do we already have our greatest strengths?”

The same is true for YOU.

To get your best results and achieve your greatest potential, you must start by gaining an understanding of your top talents.

As Tom Rath writes in the NY Times bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0, “We’ve discovered that the most successful people start with dominant talent – and then add skills, knowledge, and practice to the mix. When they do this, the raw talent actually serves as a multiplier.”

Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Purchase the book StengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and complete the online assessment
  • Notice where you receive the most praise or positive feedback
  • Observe what others come to you for help with most often
  • Make a note of the activities where you’re getting your best results

Once you are clear on your top strengths, this is where you can focus more of your attention.

It’s the first step in going from good to great!