Psst… Your Strength is Showing!

We all have blind spots when it comes to ourselves. There are some things that we can’t see because we are just too close it – like our strengths. Can you see yours? I bet I can.

 

I’ve got a super natural gift to see other people’s strengths, but for the longest time, no matter where I looked, I couldn’t see my own strengths.   It frustrated the hell out of me not to know what it was with crystal clear clarity so I could figure out where I belonged in the world.

 

You can’t be your best if you don’t know your strengths.  So why is it so hard to see your own strengths? Like me, you’ve probably had similar challenges to really KNOW your strengths. What makes them so difficult to see is that our strengths are second nature to us. They come naturally – so we expect these things must come naturally to others too (which is NOT the case). The problem is we are asking the wrong question and we dismiss the answers too quickly.

 

Because you are good at something, doesn’t automatically make it a strength. I’m good at numbers, but I don’t enjoy crunching them all day long. I’m also good at organizing clutter, but I’d rather not spend my time doing that either. Here is the secret – your strengths are what makes you feel strong. It has nothing to do with what you’ve been trained to do. If you want to identify your real strengths, try the following:

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Identifying your Strengths

 

Don’t:
Ask, “What am I good at?”
Create a list of your learned skill sets
Ask, “What would I get paid good money to do?”

 

Do:
Ask, “What makes me feel strong?”
Create a list of your natural talents and what you enjoy doing most
Ask, “What would I do everyday even if I didn’t get paid?”

 

You’re strengths are sitting right under your nose, so don’t over complicate it.  If you’re struggling with these questions, check out the book Strength Finders 2.0 by Tom Rath.  It comes with an easy strength assessment.