Strengths Movement

October 13, 2009

Do you know there’s a movement going on? Yes, it’s called the strengths movement. No longer are individuals and businesses focusing on what their weaknesses are to increase success. They are focusing on strengths. I challenge you to do the same!

Hopefully you are able to name what your strengths are and you’re able to use them everyday in the work that you do. If you’re a bit uncertain as to what your strengths are and how to uncover them, then let’s figure this out. Let’s review how to identify strengths in oneself?

Its as simple as this: Its when the thing that you are doing looks like consistent, near-perfect performance. What comes to mind when you think of that statement. Are you willing to take the time and decisively determine what your strengths are? I believe it is pertinent to our success to take the time to write out what those strenghts are (and to do a strengths identification exercise regularly)

You must identify your talents. Sometimes you are so close to your own talents that you may need objective eyes to point them out for you. You can take personality profiles, like the StrenghtsFinder or Myers-Briggs tests. You can even ask close friends & trusted peers what they believe your strengths are. And while talents are innate, don’t forget to assess your skills and knowledge, which are learned and contibute to your strengths. Keeping this in mind reaffirms that our strengths can grow.

Remind yourself of what your strenghts actually feel like in you. For instance, when you do it – you feel effective. Before you do it you actively look forward to it. While you’e doing it, you feel inquisitive and focused and passionate. And after you’ve done it you feel fulfilled and authentic. So, to identify your own strengths, pay close attention to how specific activites make you feel. Your feelings will reveal your strengths.

If you’re interested in learning more about the strengths movement and techniques on how you can continue to draw to your strengths in your work and lifestyle, check out my teleconference recording “Putting Your Strengths to Work”