There is a lot said and written about "working in your strengths". So, take a minute and think of a few of your greatest strengths. Do you have a few in mind? Now answer a much better question. How do you know those are your strengths?
I bet you thought about some things you’re good at. Maybe you thought about aspects of your job or hobbies that people tend to praise you for.
Well, that's not unusual. But, there are two problems with this line of thinking:
- You’re not objective. And most of the people praising you are not objective either. Your boss praises what he wants you to do more of. He’s biased. Your mother praises everything you do just because she loves you. She’s biased. You praise yourself based on your intentions, not reality. You’re biased.
- Even if you do manage to identify some tasks you truly excel at, those are not necessarily strengths of yours. The question you have to key in on is, When you identify those, you’ve begun the path to identifying your true strengths.
I found someone and you can find someone (a coach, consultant or mentor) or something (strengths finder test, etc) who is totally unbiased to help you discover the activities in your life that bring you energy. Do more of those. In turn, you will also discover activities that deplete your energy. Do fewer of those. A