If you have read my free report the “Top 3 Tips To Boost Your Performance“, you already know that one of the biggest lies I’m passionate about exposing is the constant need to fix oneself. We’ve all heard a gazillion times what’s wrong with us, what should be fixed, improved, or changed.
As a result we end up trying to strengthen what’s weak instead of focusing on what we’re good at and sharpening that.
Today I challenge you to forget about your weaknesses and shift your focus to what you’re good at. Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!
1. Know Your Strengths
Your strengths make you different from others around you. Your talents make you unique and are the reason that you cannot succeed by doing things the way others do them.
One of the biggest A-HA’s my clients experience during the Instant Performance Makeover is that they don’t have to do things the way everybody else around them does. Once they discover their true instincts, they can immediately see where they went astray and why they weren’t able to reach their full potential. The best way for you to take action is going to be unique to you, using your own strengths.
You have two options at this point:
- Keep doing things just like you were up to this point without understanding your unique talents and how they influence your actions and problem solving tactics. In this case, I’m almost 100% sure that you will waste some time and then end up in the exact same crossroads again, needing to decide whether or not you want to take action and learn about your unique strengths.
- Discover your strengths, talents and instincts to better understand not only who you are, but how you take action and solve problems. The fastest way to get through this process is to schedule your own Instant Performance Makeover with me.
2. Build On Your Own Strengths
We’ve all heard the saying “Your biggest strength is your biggest weakness”, right? Did you know that there is a difference between being aware of your own weaknesses and being obsessed with them? Unfortunately, many get this wrong as they try to constantly “fix” themselves. The truth is, you don’t need to “fix” yourself. You need to improve yourself. And you do this by focusing on your strengths, enhancing them, and growing your skills and potential.
Let’s get things in perspective here. Here’s what you need to remember when moving forward…
- Stop focusing on your weaknesses! Your goal is NOT perfection; it’s improvement.
- Stop analysis-paralysis. Who cares why you are good or bad at something? Just take your strengths and put them into action. The only way to improve your skills is by using them.
- Take small steps. Start where you are and keep building on that. One foot in front of the other. Just like a baby learning to walk, you also learn to walk in your newly discovered strengths.
Focus on what you’re good at, master it, and you will thrive in your business, work, life …AND relationships!
3. Lead With Your Strengths
This post was supposed to be about leading with your strengths, so how come I keep talking about discovering and growing your strengths? It’s simple – you can’t lead with your strengths without knowing and utilizing them. You don’t just happen to be a leader. You intentionally become a leader.
Now that you understand and apply all of the above, how can you lead with your strengths?
- Allow others to be themselves. Remember step 1? Knowing your own unique strengths will help you realize that others have their own strengths too. As a leader you need to learn how to allow others to be themselves without boxing them in by having them work the same way you do. Admit that your ways are not the only ways. Encourage uniqueness and support others’ brilliance.
- Focus on strengths. Instead of looking at others weaknesses and trying to “fix” them, why don’t you start looking at their strengths and how you can better equip them to thrive in those areas? Support growth, encourage improvement, inspire others to shine. This simple tip could save many relationships and business teams.
- Overcome weaknesses. Being strong in some areas also means that there will be areas in which you are weak . For example, if you are good at taking action quickly, you may lack skills in evaluating potential risks. Or as somebody who enjoys simplifying information, you might be shallow in your research. Instead of trying to become a Jack of all trades, why don’t you start looking for people who thrive where you don’t? Where you are weak, somebody else is strong and may be the right fit for your business or team.
No one is an island. You need others, just like they need you. Know your strengths, use and enhance them and delegate the rest. THIS has the power to transform your whole life. THIS is the key to maximizing your own potential, as well as the potential of any team.
If you need help with the above, join my IMPACT ACADEMY where I guide you through the process of using your unique strengths to create better results while designing a life you’ve always wanted.
Question: What is your biggest take-away from today’s post? Share in the comments below. I want to know!