Focus on Your Strengths (part 2)

Last week's post raised the idea of focusing on your strengths. Is this an unsettling idea? It may be. As a young child in school, we were taught a number of subjects and required to demonstrate proficiency in all to pass and achieve good grades. Our parents and teachers told us to spend extra time working on those areas in which we were not strong.
 There was tremendous value in that - it taught us persistence, dedication and patience.

However, in our adult lives today, to get us from good to great, playing to our strengths will help us to be more successful, helpful to others - including our colleagues, confident, rewarded and motivated. It's something to consider.

A few questions to ask yourself when considering your strengths (paraphrased from Marcus Buckingham's Put Your Strengths to Work):

-What are my positive qualities? What do others say positively about me?

-What do I do that when completed, I look forward to doing again?

-What do I want to know more about so I can become more proficient?

-What activities make me feel energized, fulfilled, accomplished and strong?

Quoting (Psychologist/Author) Cheryl Saban, "When you take the time to engage in activities that absorb your full attention, you'll experience a sense of well-being and contentment. Use your natural gifts and talents. Find ways to enhance your quality of life with them."

Moving you forward, WLS

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