Do you know what your strengths are? Do you know what to do with them? Do you know how to use them when looking for a job or in your work place?
Understanding your strengths can help you in a number of ways. I’m going to explore this from a business perspective and a personal perspective; irrespective of which one you think you’re interested in, the other one will apply too!
The Gallup Strengths Centre explains why understanding your strengths is so important.
‘Strengths are the unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills that every person possesses. People use these innate traits and abilities in their daily lives to complete their work, to relate with others, and to achieve their goals. But most people don’t know what their strengths are or have the opportunity to use them to their advantage.
People who do focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs. They are more productive too, both individually and in teams. And they are more than three times as likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.
Discovering and developing your strengths positions you to do what you do best every day.’
- It will save you time
Personal: It is going to narrow down your choices based on what motivates you and makes you feel more purposeful – whether that’s looking for a new job, finding a partner or exploring a new opportunity.
Business: Again whether it’s finding a new market to launch a product into, narrowing down what your business actually does, understanding that you can’t do everything when it comes to business and therefore identifying what are you going to start with, your time will be saved as you won’t be trying to do absolutely everything.
- Allows you to develop
Personal: Even just being aware of your strengths can help you feel more positive about yourself. It can help you understand that even if you didn’t think so, you do actually have these wonderful strengths and you can therefore find out how to maximise their usage. All of this will help you aim higher and achieve more!
Business: Identifying and therefore building on your strengths is going to help your business thrive. It will allow you to focus on what makes you tick and ultimately your business will do better if you’re doing something you love, the way you want to do it.
- A good confidence booster
Personal: There is nothing worse that feeling like you don’t know what you’re good at. Identifying your strengths will ensure that no matter what you do in your life – whether it’s work, or choosing friends or a partner you will be doing so understanding yourself a little better. When you feel confident it shows, and you can achieve so much more.
Business: Working to your strengths in business will ensure that you get results. It will help you to feel more professional, be more assertive at work and work on the projects/in the team/in the company/in the industry you want. In turn this will make you feel more confident as you’re doing what you love.
- Happy, happy, happy
Personal: Understanding what makes you tick and being purposeful in your life and your choices as a result will make you happier. What’s not to love about knowing yourself more fully and ultimately doing something you love, being with someone or surrounded by people who appreciate that and you can feel at rest and settled and ultimately more happy!
Business: If you’re setting up a business and doing something that motivates you and appeals to what your strengths are, then you will of course be happier. The opposite is being in a job that doesn’t excite or motivate you, with people who don’t recognise your worth and spending time doing things you hate or being someone you’re not.
Careers: If you’re in a role and understand your strengths better, then you work more efficiently within your role, you can work towards a position that allows you to excel in your strengths and it will help you make more focused KPIs and objectives based on your specific needs.
No matter what stage of life you’re in, knowing and understanding your strengths; how you work, how you interact with people, what makes you tick, will help you know yourself better and also provide people with an opportunity to find inspiration in the life that you live.
Life is hard work – all of it! But by knowing your strengths, developing them and making decisions and choices based on your needs will help you be a much happier person.
So how can you find out your strengths?
- Well you can come to me! I can help you work through a personality questionnaire, give you feedback and practical tips on how to use your strengths to find a new job, or in your business
- You can do the Clifton StrengthsFinder tool * which will generate you a report, which I’d be happy to work through with you and help you answer the questions and action points.
If you would like to work with me identifying your strengths and find ways to make the most of these strengths in your job search, current job or business, then please get in touch with me today.
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*What is the StrengthsFinder tool?
Don(ald) Clifton worked at The Gallup Organisation in America. He developed this tool for the organisation and when it was re-worked in 2007 it instantly became a Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and USA Today bestseller. The book has sold more than 4 million copies to date and was named Amazon’s bestselling book of 2013.
You purchase the book on Amazon. At the back of the book is an access code, so when you go online you can take the test and know that it’s personalised to you and you only. You cannot get someone else to do the test after you have done yours.