strengthsLast weekend I participated in a personal development session using the StrengthsFinder questionnaire by Gallup.

And the results were very illuminating which got me to thinking about how we use our strengths in our businesses.

‘Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, teachers and managers we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.’

Do we spend too much time trying to improve on our weaknesses because that’s what we’ve been told to do, rather than capitalising on our strengths to drive our businesses forward?

In their book ‘Now Discover Your Strengths’, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton define strengths as a combination of talents, knowledge and skills.

–        Talents are your naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behaviour.

–         Knowledge consists of the facts and lessons learnedstrengths

–         Skills are the steps of an activity

Talents can’t be changed but knowledge and skills can.

Turn Your Talents Into Strengths

How do you discover your natural talents?

  1. Write down a list of those things that you do that seem easy for you.
  2. Make a list of those things you do where time just seems to fly by
  3. Write all the activities that make you happy. These are the tasks you would do just for yourself, just because they’re fun, interesting and fulfilling.

Look through the three lists to find the common activities.  These are likely to be the areas of your natural aptitude and talent.

Don’t get caught up in the old advice to work on your weaknesses. You can always outsource these tasks.

Always working on your weaknesses undermines your self esteem since you will focus mostly on your deficiencies.

On the other hand, working to develop your natural talents is self rewarding and motivating, allowing you to continually realise higher and higher levels of ability, achievement and success.

Focus on your strengths. Experience the immense satisfaction that comes with being superb at something.strengthsOnce you have identified your talents, how do you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to turn them into strengths in your online business?

Well, my answer would be by joining the Six Figure Mentors! Not only is this an education and training platform that will teach you all you need to know to build a successful business online, the support of other members, community and mentoring is second to none.

You can find out all about it here.

 

My top 5 Strengths? (from Gallup’s StrengthsFinder)

Input – a craving to know more

Intellection – appreciate intellectual discussions

Harmony – seek areas of agreement

Learner – great desire to learn and continuously improve

Deliberative – take serious care in making decisions or choices

I would love to hear your views on this topic! So please do share them in the comments below.

To Your Success

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