Strengths work is often a foreign concept for a lot of my clients, and it’s not really a surprise since we live in a society that is bent on “being well-rounded” instead of maximizing and harnessing our natural talents.
At work, we're sent to courses and workshops to fill in our perceived gaps, but rarely do they capitalize on our already strong skills and talents. If you ask me, it seems a bit backwards.
When you maximize your strengths, you will excel, not by fixing your weaknesses. When you try to fix your weakness, your doing damage control intead of development. Damage control can prevent failure, but it will never elevate you to excellence.
"Everybody is a genious. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believeing that it's stupid." -Albert Einstein
This quote says it all!
I love it because we judge ourselves by everyone else's strength instead of looking at our own and embracing them. We get disconnected from our own unique brilliance and try to jam a round peg into a square hole. Your talents are so innate, they are often hidden from your view. You can get so disconnected from your own brilliant unique qualities, that you constantly try to jam a round peg into a square hole.
Also, you spend your whole life inside the frame of your own strengths, it’s no wonder that after a while you become blind to them. They are so ingrained in who you are, how you show up in the world, and how you operate, that they may just seem “normal”, ordinary, or common place but they truly are your extraordinary gifts, and people may often wonder, "how do you...?" fill in the blank.
So what is a strength exactly?
Talent + Skill = Strength
It’s all about finding your SWEET SPOT. You want to harness your own brilliant uniqueness and make it work for you, instead of trying to fit into some pre-conceived mould. Harnessing your natural unique gifts and talents, so that you can make the most of them and share them with the world around you.
You wanna know another added bonus to playing to your strengths? IT FEELS REALLY GOOD! When you use your natural talents, skills, expertise and strengths you immediately get a good feeling. We are designed this way! So stop fighting it and harness your own unique strengths. Play close attention to the situations that seem to bring you satisfaction and make you feel good. Searching around these positive activities is the starting point for discovering your strengths.
So what are YOUR strengths?
7 Questions To Discovering Your Strengths:
1. What are the things that make you feel good when you do them?
2. What do you do really well without even trying?
3.What do you get complimented on a lot?
4. What do people rely on your for?
5. What would your boss say is your biggest strength?
6. What would your best friend say is your biggest strength?
7. What seems to come effortlessly and naturally to you?
I hope this has inspired you to start drawing from the wellspring of amazing talent within you.
You are whole a whole person and there is absolutely nothing to fix, no gaps to fill, only strengths to harness.
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