The Importance of Knowing Your Strengths

“Our studies indicate that people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.”- Tom Rath, in Strengthsfinder 2.0

Most people go through life focusing on their bad points and what they don’t do right. Our education system is geared towards throwing a lot of time, money and energy at improving weak areas instead of maximising strengths. We all have areas where we are naturally strong and have an innate confidence already. How much more powerful and effective our lives would be if we concentrated on those and simply outsourced areas that didn’t fire us up or where we didn’t shine? Of course, there are times when we need to improve in particular areas for our jobs or to pass particular exams etc. But if we were able to harness our strengths most of the time, there would be no limits to our achievements. Our jobs would cease to be work as we leap out of bed full of joie de vivre instead of dragging ourselves reluctantly into every Monday morning as so many people do.

Ask yourself:

  • What are my strengths?
  • Where do I naturally gravitate?
  • What makes me excited about life?
  • Where do I use these strengths already?
  •  How do they help me? How do they help others?
  •  How can I use these strengths in other situations?
  • How can I develop these strengths? 
  • How can I build my life and work around these strengths?