Today we present the chapter number 2 from the E-Course “6 simple steps to succeed using your strengths”.
Have you missed the chapter 1? Here you can access to it: Chapter 1: Put the “mines” out of your way.
Since some years ago the personal development and performance theories are changing, and what it seemed to be unimaginable no long time ago, turned to be now the way to do. We are talking about focusing on your strengths, instead of improving your weaknesses, if you want to succeed.
If you think about this for a while you'll probably wonder: How nobody ever told me this before, now that I see it so obvious?
Let’s take the example of a person that all of us know, perhaps the most influential person in the last decades: Steve Jobs.
We know about Steve Jobs that he was outstanding at design and product development, and this is exactly what he did to reach the top.
We also know from his biography some of his weaknesses, such as having a too strong temperament and even sometimes losing control with the people around him.
What is obvious is that Steve Jobs didn’t focus on his weaknesses to succeed, perhaps he even ignored them... and the result was to be a very authentic person. He focused on doing what he did best.
Most of us have some talent, or at least something that we are very good at, which can make the difference; but we are not using it in our daily lives.
Now it is the time to look for those outstanding strengths inside you.
By doing the next exercise maybe you will be frustrated seeing that you are not applying your strongest strengths on a daily basis. Don’t worry! This will come later.
Here what to do:
• Think about the two last situations where you felt really good by doing something, at work or outside work. What were you doing? What made you feel this way? Was this a public presentation, writing a report, introducing a friend to another one, cooking...?
• Analyze the two last times that somebody gave you a positive feedback. What have you done to receive this feedback?
• Think one situation when you left a meeting before the other attendees, what could be saying the people in the room about you?
• Are you really good in those things that you believe that you are good? What proves this?
Take the time to answer to these questions and in the next chapter we will be looking at something really important: Are you in the right place to apply your strongest skills and therefore succeed?