The glow of New Year’s resolutions still shimmers, though after a week it may be fading.
Often, our self-improvement plans focus on overcoming weaknesses. But what if, instead, we put all of our energy into developing greater competency within our strengths?
Michael Hyatt is blogging today about a book that changed his life (and mine): Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. Their simple but profound premise, (and I’m quoting Mike here): The best way to get ahead in your career and be satisfied in your job is to focus on developing your strengths.
A year or two ago, my husband and I took the Strengths Finder test and a class on it to understand it. We took it hoping for career direction, it unexpectedly helped us to better understand each other. Knowing my strengths has also helped me to move forward in my career, in the way I parent,even deciding how to spend my time, the relationships I cultivate, etc.
My strengths are:
Strategic–this theme, “enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route… This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity.”
Learner –this is someone who likes to learn, who is drawn to the process of learning. It often doesn’t matter what topic you’re studying, you just like the process of learning.
Intellection–this is someone who enjoys mental activity, likes to stretch their brain in solving problems.
Acheiver–as it sounds, this strength means you are driven and want to achieve something tangible every day.
Relator–this describes an attitude toward relationships, which pulls you toward deeper friendships with people you already know (as opposed to other strengths that are more about getting to know new people)
Do you know your strengths? Are you using them in your job, in your parenting, in your ministry?
Read Mike Hyatt’s blog, which gives more detail about the Strengths, then let me know what you think. Do you know your strengths? Are you using them in your daily life?
When I discovered my strengths in 2010, it completely changed the way I view and understand myself personally AND professionally. I also highly recommend readers take the time to do the 30 minute test online.
thanks for stopping by and sharing! Tell us, if you like, a bit about what an activator theme looks like and how you use that in your daily life…
Hyatt’s article had this paragraph:
“They had a simple but powerful thesis. The best way to get ahead in your career and be satisfied in your job is to focus on developing your strengths. No matter how hard you try, you really can’t improve your weaknesses. You are wasting time and energy trying to do so. The best thing you can do is discover your strengths and then find a role that allows you to use them.”
That reminds me of a George Foreman interview I read years ago. He said that when he was boxing, at training camp he only wanted coaches who would tell him how to improve. Anyone who said something like “You’re making a mistake with you jab” didn’t last long, because Foreman did not want any negativity at all when preparing for a bout. On the other hand, he was commited to listening to coaches who said things like “I think I know a way to improve that jab.” This is how he prepared for his boxing matches.
God knows what it takes to prepare me for the work he has in store for me, and I am so glad he does it through the positive work of his Son and Spirit!