Monday, June 20th, 2016
Your strengths are ultimately the keys to your success. When we do things we’re already good at, our business acumen is quicker. When it comes to the best way to leverage your ability, it’s best to go through your strengths. Some strengths are obvious for you, but you can also have some hidden strengths, and discover them can all make them difference.
Our strengths…clamor for attention in the most basic way: using them makes you feel strong. Take note of the times when you feel invigorated, inquisitive, and successful. These moments are clues to what your strengths are.
Consider also your go-to task when you feel overloaded. When you are overwhelmed, you want to feel in control. To be in control, you do what makes you feel strong. As you identify and focus on what makes you feel strong, you can also expect to be happier, which makes you a better problem-solver in a wide range of circumstances.
As children we do what we love to do — even if it makes us an oddity. When you look back on your childhood pastimes, you are likely to discover an innate talent.
All too often, we’re oblivious to our strengths. When you do something reflexively well, it’s easy to overlook it. Keep your ears open for compliments that you habitually dismiss, not to be coy, but because this thing feels as natural as breathing. Don’t assume that just because something comes easily or seems obvious to you, it’s not rare and valuable to someone else.
Summing-up: There is no shortage of jobs that need to be done and problems to be solved, but there’s only one of you. Once you’ve homed in on your underlying assets or your core strengths, you can more easily identify your distinctive strengths — what you do well that others in your workplace do not. If you’re looking to be successful, look for problems you feel especially passionate about, then get to work, by playing to your distinctive strengths.