Leveraging Your Strengths

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Early in life, i learnt to tackle situations using my strengths and not just copy what everyone was doing. In secondary school and the university, when everyone would read all night, I chose not to, because it wouldn’t have been effective for me. Copying others would have just resulted in me being groggy and irritable the next day. So instead, I slept early in the evening and woke up early the next day, then read till about noon. I guess i’m an early morning/evening person.

We humans tend to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. You magnify your faults so you spend more time trying to improve weaknesses rather than leveraging on your strengths. Also what you consider as a weakness may actually be a strength. For example i have been told “try and talk more, you are in sales, and marketing” but my being an ambivert (ie I have both introvert and extroverted traits) is actually a strength very useful in what I do. Though i have been tempted in the past, to copy others especially when the majority were doing it but failing every time i did it, made me realize that sticking to my strengths is always best. I also discovered that i perform better, when i use use my strengths to solve challenges or approach issues than just copying other people’s strengths, ideas or approach. Another lesson learnt over the years is, everyone has a strength that can be utilized for every situation or challenge.

More Reasons to Take Advantage  of Your Strengths

  • It helps you enjoy tasks and not be fazed by challenges
  • It builds your self-esteem
  • It is easier to stick with it in tough times
  • Achieving your goals becomes easier and faster
  • It increases your effectiveness

What Are Strengths?

Things that make up your strengths include;

  • Talent. They are those skills and abilities that come naturally to you. You were born with it.
  • Knowledge and Experiences. They are those skills, abilities, attitudes and habits that you have gotten overtime, as a result of reading or because of your experiences.

So How Do You Identify Your Strengths?

  • First ask yourself, what am I good at? What are my good habits and character traits? Also notice what you do differently from everyone else.
  • You can also ask people what they feel are your strengths. What they say may surprise you.
  • Look for activities, job roles, positions and situations where your strengths will come in handy
  • Finally look for ways to apply your strengths in your life, relationships, and work. From time to time, ask yourself, which strength in particular, can i utilize in the various areas of my life and how can I use them? Another useful tip, learn how to clearly describe your strengths to others.

High achievers spend most of their time in their areas of strength and you should too.

So are you making use of your strengths in what you do?

Emem Ita

Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

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Emem Ita
About Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

Learn how to turn your knowledge & expertise into income by building online influence. Interested? Simply send an SMS now with your name & email to 08061683126

Comments

  1. “High achievers spend most of their time in their areas of strength” I quite agree with you. Nothing works better than sticking to your own thing. Great post.

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