Have you experienced the feeling of lost skills? When you believe you once knew how do something but since that time you’ve forgotten?
During the summer I bought two American flags, they were on sale. I sent one up the pole, but by the end of the summer it had lost some of its luster. Now I’m not sure where the other new one was placed. It’s lost.
On another occasion, I bought a hand tool that I didn’t think I had. When I went to put the new tool in a storage place, I discovered that I once bought a nearly identical tool several (or more) years earlier.
I went to a closet area in my home where I discovered several cool t-shirts that I completely forgot I ever owned or wore. Likely, they were worn one time, and then a change of seasons occurred. They were forgotten, abandoned, out of sight and out of mind.
There are various ways we can lose something we have. Sometimes we may forget that we ever had it in the first place.
Lost Skills and Confidence
Many successful business people have spoken with me about workplace situations where a bad boss or a rotten culture made them lose self-confidence.
Perhaps their confidence is still there, it is just being hidden by some unpleasant memories or painful and destructive criticism.
Skills or confidence may not be lost forever.
Maybe you’ve just forgotten where it is stored, or maybe something new or different is hiding it, even though it is right there in plain sight.
Don’t lose track of where you’ve come from. Don’t allow unpleasant experiences override the good of what you bring.
Use it or lose it may have many different meanings.
It’s true for skills, it’s true for confidence.
If you’ve lost something you once had, finding it again can be very rewarding.
Look before you decide it’s gone forever. You might be surprised by what you find.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.