“Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.”
Hello lovely motivated people, how’s your week been? For our NZ friends, we have now moved into Level 2, which is way more user friendly than Level 3 & 4. Schools and child care centres, will be re-opening tomorrow and life once again is about to change massively for us all.
The thing I have found most amazing through this entire period of the Covid-19 Lockdown, is how much change we have had to cope with. My husband and I have co-owned our bakery business for 34 years, mostly operating the same basic model throughout, with changes to that model planned well in advance and implemented over a longer period. With Covid-19 though, we have had to change our model 3 times in the last 6 weeks, as have most business owners.
Through this period of change, I discovered some things about myself that I hadn’t really known. I discovered that I am really good with change, I find it energising and exciting. I also found that I am very good at planning and implementing new ways of operating and communicating with the team to get them motivated about it. I’m not so good with maintaining that level of enthusiasm and energy and excitement once the new plan is in place. I much prefer to be organising and implementing than doing the day to day. Unbelievably, I hadn’t really noticed all this until I went through the challenges of this period.
So, I’m grateful for this as it helped me discover some hidden strengths. Have you discovered any hidden strengths through this Lockdown? I would love to hear about them, please let me know click here to contact me.
Knowing your own strengths or your superpower and building on that is what will make you happiest, and most productive and successful. We are usually all so focused on improving our weaknesses, but if we focus on building on the strengths that we already have, we will achieve so much more and be so much more fulfilled. It is about being the best version of you. Taking what you are good at, and magnifying that to it’s absolute potential.
How to find your superpower and strengths
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you do best? Think about what others say about you. Are you always being told that you are a natural at ………… or really amazing at…………. (fill in the gaps)
- Is there anything you do that you consider yourself an expert on? The test is, could you speak about this, off the cuff, for hours on end?
- Is there anything you do that seems easy to you, that others actually struggle with?
- Is there something that you do that makes time go fast? When you are doing this, it’s like you lose track of time, you don’t even notice if you are hungry or tired, it is so absorbing to you.
- What do you do that you absolutely love? The test here is that it must be something that you could never imagine not doing again, ever. It is something that you have to have in your life and continue to do as it gives you a sense of identity, self worth and personal fulfillment.
Once you have discovered those strengths, you can then build on them. You can find opportunities that will enhance them and help you use them to the best of your abilities. With my discovery over the lockdown of being a good planner and implementer, I now know that this is my role in our business, whereas previously I had always left that up to my husband. He now realises that is my superpower too, as I had the opportunity to develop it and use it in the current circumstances. It’s opened up a whole new way of managing for us both, releasing him and motivating me!
Think about what you do best that may be under utilised right now and think about how it could be used to enhance the gifts that you have. Follow this link for the Clifton Strengths assessment tool, which is excellent for discovering your strengths.
I hope you have a fabulous week and that you start finding your own unique strengths and superpower, have fun and stay safe. Kia Kaha.