Are you projecting the best “You”?
Success lies in our ability to discover your strengths and to organize your life so that these strengths can be applied to achieve your goals. If we manage our weaknesses, instead of focusing on them, we will be able to build up our strengths.
STRENGTHS or TALENTS?
Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behaviour that can be productively applied. A strength is the ability to consistently provide perfect or near-perfect performance in a specific activity. Talents, knowledge, and skills, together with the time spent (i.e., investment) practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base — combine to create your strengths.
Your talents provide the multiplier effect that transforms your investment/effort into a strength. It is the power that propels you towards success.
A STRENGTH-BASED APPROACH
Hard work does not equal strength. You have several times more potential for growth when you invest energy in developing your strengths instead of correcting your weaknesses/deficiencies. For those unable to focus their energy on what they do best – i.e. their strengths- the cost to them, their career or their business can be staggering!
- A strength based approach improves your confidence, direction, hope and interaction with your individual and business environment.
- A strength-based approach will increase your ability to innovate and generate creative ideas that add value.
FOUR PRACTICAL STEPS TO UNLEASHING YOUR STRENGTHS
Peter Drucker asserts that most people think they know what they are good at but are usually wrong. Our natural talents and passions are the things we truly love to do – they are the purpose for which we exist. They define our unique brand and make us stand out from the crowd.
I once heard the tale of the “Greatest General” of all time. A certain man had died and went to heaven. Upon getting to heaven he asked the angel a question which had baffled him all his life. He asked: “I have been interested in military history my whole life. Who is the greatest general of all time?” The angel answered – “That man over there.” He replied, “Oh you must be mistaken, I knew that man on earth. He was a common labourer.” “That’s right”, answered the angel, “he would have been the greatest general of all time – if only he had been a general.”
You owe it to yourself – unleash your strengths and be the greatest YOU that you are meant to be.