Leverage your strengths or improve your weaknesses?
In business, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. There are task oriented people and relationship oriented people. There are analytic minds and creative minds. Some people are blessed with the strength to socialize with everyone they meet and others prefer deeper relationships with fewer people.
None of these internal strengths are good nor bad. They are just who you are.
The key is to understand these strengths so you can use them for optimal performance.
Playing to your strengths doesn’t mean completely ignoring your weaknesses. I believe we should try to improve in all areas of our life.
The problem is many of us spend so much time trying to fix our weaknesses, we let our strengths fall by the wayside.
Let me give a personal example. One of my weaknesses is doing anything handy. I am serious, I mean ANYTHING handy.
I decided to install a storm door to the back of my house a couple of years ago. I thought it would be a good learning experience and a challenge. I came home from the store on a Saturday morning with a brand new door and full day in front of me. The home improvement world was all mine.
Four hours later I had a halfway installed door, frustration, and hopelessness. Yes, I did finally get the door installed, but to this day it does not work perfectly as it should.
What did this teach me? Besides cementing the fact that I am completely worthless in carpentry related activities, I realized that I needed to focus on my strengths.
Yes, I learned a few things about door installation, but at what cost?
Think about what I could have done with those lost hours of frustration? Write a blog post? Work on a client proposal? Play with my kids? Read a book? The options are endless. Yes, having someone install the door would have cost more money, but what is our time worth?
Only you can answer that question on what your time is worth, but it is an important question you must ask.
How much is your time worth?
Find what it is you enjoy. Think about where you excel. What talent do you have that most affects others? What brings you joy?
These are all questions that will help you discover your strengths.
Are you still having trouble? Think about what you loved doing as a child. Be a kid again.
What to Do With Your Strengths?
Once you discover where you excel you can take the next step.
Use your strengths to affect others to make positive change. You have been given talents. Use them to help others.
Find a way to make difference. If you sleep 8 hours a day (I wish) you have 16 hours a day to be who you were created to be. Don’t waste it.
Do you want to use 4 of those hours doing something average that brings you no joy (like installing a door) or take those four hours and make it count?
Don’t waste precious minutes, hours, days, or even years being frustrated with average.
Take this time to think about where you shine. Utilize those talents and go make a difference.
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