Focus On Your Strengths Not Your Weaknesses

Everyone has something they excel in and things that they struggle with.  You need to focus on your strengths not your weaknesses.

Quite often the thinking is that if you’re bad at something you need to work on improving it.  Take for instance a child’s report card.  If the child is doing poorly in a certain subject the parents will most likely encourage them to work harder at it.  They may even hire a tutor to help them get better at something that they clearly are not at all good at.  But why waste time and energy trying to become good at something you lack the talent for? Why not focus your time and energy on the things that you’re already good at and become great at them?

What Are Your Strengths?

Here are some things to consider when trying to figure out what your strengths are.

  1. What gets you really excited?

When you’re great at something you get excited when you’re doing it or even just thinking about it.  What do you get fired up about?

  1. What activity causes you to lose all track of time?

Think about the last time you were doing something where you totally forgot about the time.  Nothing else mattered to you except what you were doing?  That thing you got so completely absorbed in that it made you forget about everything that was bothering you.

  1. What do you find yourself preoccupied with most of the time?

When you excel at something it’s only human nature to want to do that thing as much as possible.  You’ll find yourself thinking about when you’ll get to do it next and when you’re thinking about it you feel happy and fulfilled.

  1. What do people compliment you on the most?

If you’re really not sure what your strength is, think about what you get complimented on the most.  When you’re great at something, sometimes you don’t see it because it’s just something that comes natural to you.  If people are constantly telling you how great you are at something, that’s your strength.  You need to focus on that.

So Why Focus On Strengths?

No one wants to waste time and effort so why put pressure on yourself to be good at something you’re just not good at.  You could spend a ton of time, money and effort trying to get good at something you lack a natural talent for and at best become okay at it.  Or you can focus your time, money and energy on the things you’re already good at and become great at them.  You can completely change your life when you focus on your strengths.

Think about some of the greatest people you know.  Chances are you know them for being great at one thing, such as painting, or playing a particular sport or being an amazing motivational speaker.  These people who you view as great, maybe you even idolize them, are not great at everything.  These greats worked on their strengths and became huge successes so why don’t you do the same thing?

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