FacebookpostFor centuries mankind has been fixated on the bad in order to improve the good. Especially in schools and the workplace we’ve been encouraged to identify, analyze and correct our weaknesses in order to become strong.

While this approach is well intended it’s also misguided.

According to the book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Markcus Buckinngham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. says, “Faults and failing deserve  study, but they reveal little about strengths.” They further state, “To excel in your chosen field and to find lasting satisfaction in doing so, you will need to understand your unique patterns. You will need to become an expert at finding and describing and applying and practicing and refining your strengths.”

When I started to enhance my strengths and avoid using my weaknesses is when my productivity and ability to create was magnified. It finally made sense to me why I hated certain tasks and how draining they were yet other people excelled at them. I beat my head up against the wall tearing myself down because I couldn’t do things that on the surface should have been easy.

I now understood why sending one of my former partners who was not a creative thinker to a retreat to learn how to do so was a big waste of money. He came back from the retreat and yet nothing changed. Yet when we sent him to some education on the pension laws, where he excelled at analytical processing, he came back and revamped many of our clients pension plans.

I learned that because we all are given certain gifts, it was more important for me to understand what those gifts were in me and in other people. I started to give up tasks better suited to the talents of others. I became great at delegating. Then others, saw my unique strengths, and started to allow me to use them to benefit them. Using my strengths gave me energy and motivated me.

The authors, Buckingham and Clifton, identified 34 strengths in their book, Now, Discover Your Strengths.

They are:

  1. Achiever
  2. Activator
  3. Adaptability
  4. Analytical
  5. Arranger
  6. Belief
  7. Command
  8. Communication
  9. Competition
  10. Connectedness
  11. Context
  12. Deliberative
  13. Developer
  14. Discipline
  15. Empathy
  16. Fairness
  17. Focus
  18. Futuristic
  19. Harmony
  20. Ideation
  21. Inclusiveness
  22. Individualization
  23. Input
  24. Intellection
  25. Learner
  26. Maximizer
  27. Positivity
  28. Relator
  29. Responsibility
  30. Restorative
  31. Self-assurance
  32. Significance
  33. Strategic
  34. Woo (Win others over)

Included in the purchase of the book is a code to use to access their website where you’ll be asked a series of questions that they will identify your top 5 strengths.

My top 5 strengths are:

  1. Strategic
  2. Activator
  3. Futuristic
  4. Focused
  5. WOO

I highly recommend you discover what your strengths are and begin to use them most of the time in your life. Perhaps one of your strengths is one of mine! My favorite is WOO! I love to make friends with new people!

Purchase the book on Amazon by clicking here.

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

The Wellness Warrior™; Health & Leadership/Business Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, paying for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: http://HealthIsAHabit.live

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