Why Strengthening Your Strengths Can Launch Your Potential

For most of my life, I have been aware of my weaknesses. I know pretty well what I am not the best at and where I can make some improvements. Then I got married and now I am sure of these things!

My wife is fantastic and I love her, so all kidding aside, I have lived a lopsided life in how I have approached self-development.

We all have areas that we need to work on to be better and live in more balance, but what if you also became better in the areas that were already strong and showing natural ability? 

It’s time to make a change.

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In the past, when it was time to set goals for the year, I would evaluate my weaknesses and set goals based on improving them.

Just a quick side note: This is not an excuse to never try to improve on your areas of weakness.

Instead this is a call to strengthen your strengths.

Think about it, if you were really good at baseball, would it be best for you to focus a bulk of your energy on your golf swing?

No, those that are really good at baseball, pour their energy into baseball. That is what it takes to be the best.

I want to strengthen the areas in my life I tend to have a natural ability for.

Wouldn’t you want to strengthen your strengths and really hit your potential?

Imagine what it would like if you were really disciplined and focused on the areas you were already showing natural ability in.

What do you think would happen? You would improve and your improvement I surmise would be exponential.

I want exponential growth in my life.

Potential is a waste unless you develop it. Focusing on your strengths is one way to develop your potential. Tweet this!

So now the time has come to change the way we approach self-development. I will still look to shore up the areas of weakness in my life, but not at the neglect of my strengths.

You may be wondering what your strengths are. This is the perfect question to ask, so go ahead and ask it. Ask those closest to you, ask them what they think your strengths are and what they see as your natural ability.

I would recommend reading Strengths Finder by Tom Rath as a good step forward.

Than make a plan to strengthen a few of your strengths. Together we can see what happens.

My guess is neither of us will be disappointed.

What can you do this week to strengthen one of your natural strengths?

Paul Jolicoeur

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3 responses to Why Strengthening Your Strengths Can Launch Your Potential

  1. Great topic and post Paul! I think it’s essential for us to focus on our strengths while at the same time delegate areas of weakness. When we do this we will see more productivity and results(and less frustration on our part).

    I just found and really like your blog. I look forward to connecting more.

  2. I feel like our kids aren’t taught how to focus on strengths instead of weakness… when they come home from school, and they take bad marks… what do we say? Go learn for Maths, instead we should say… “Learn for Maths, but focus on Literature, or whatever” — big difference!

    What do you guys think about this?

    Allan
    http://www.aboutteablog.com/

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