Strengths are a remarkable part of us. They impact us more readily than most of us ever stop to think. It is one thing to be able to name what one’s strengths are. It is a whole different thing to really understand how strengths inform and influence the way we show up in our lives. Consider for a moment the way your strengths:
- Might be described
- Are used effectively—including key activities and behaviors that are reflective of each strength
- Might be over-used at times
- Are best managed when over-used
- Allow you to make remarkable contributions to others
- Impact relationships
- Motivate you to action
- Combine together to create a powerful impact—or have detrimental consequences, if over-used
- Inform your values
- Impact what you need/expect from yourself and others
- Positively impact others.
How did you do? If you know these things, then you are positioned to effectively leverage your strengths and are likely well prepared to manage their over-use. You can intentionally create relationships with others in a a way that capitalizes effectively on what you are and minimizes the things you are not. A great formula for long-term effectiveness!