Uncovering and Claiming Your Strengths: The Road to Self-Fulfillment

I have used Gallup’s Strengthfinder in my coaching for the past 14 years with amazing results for my clients – I’m a fan.

Now a Strengths Strategy Certified Coach, the Strengths Strategy training opened my eyes to a transformative depth and breath of understanding Strengths.

I was blind to the complexities of my own strengths before this training. Through this lens I’ve come to a deep understanding of myself. And, my clients have experienced exponential results as I brought the Strengths Strategy into my coaching.

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“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” —Baruch Spinoza

Most of us have a poor sense of our own talents and strengths. Throughout our education and careers, there is a lot of attention on our weaknesses. We are acutely aware of our faults and deficits – our so-called “opportunities for development.”

Parents, teachers and managers are experts in spotting deficits. In fact, most parents, teachers and managers consider it their responsibility to point out and help us correct our flaws.

We deeply fear our own weaknesses, our own failures — our true self. Click To Tweet

We have become experts in our own weaknesses and have spent our lives trying to repair our flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. The research, however, is clear: we grow and develop by putting emphasis on our strengths, rather than trying to correct our deficits.

Most people do not concern themselves with identifying their talents and strengths. Instead, they choose to study their weaknesses. A Gallup poll investigated this phenomenon by asking American, French, British, Canadian, Japanese and Chinese people of all ages and backgrounds the question: “Which do you think will help you improve the most: knowing your strengths or knowing your weaknesses?”

The answer was always the same: weaknesses, not strengths, deserve the most attention. The most strengths-focused culture is the United States, but still only a minority of people, 41 percent, felt that knowing their strengths would help them improve the most. The least strengths-focused cultures are Japan and China. Only 24 percent believe that the key to success lies in their strengths.

The majority of people in the world don’t think that the secret to improvement lies in a deep understanding of their strengths. Interestingly, in every culture, people age 55 and above were the least fixated on their weaknesses. Perhaps they have more self-acceptance and realize the futility of trying to be what they are not.

Contact me for a conversation regarding your strengths.

 

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