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Maximising your Strengths

“Building up a weakness just makes you less disabled.  Building a strength can take you to the top of the world.”

John Elder Robinson

Hello Motivated People, how are you?  I hope you had a good week and for those who are on holiday with their children now, have a great time – enjoy every moment.

This week I wanted to talk about focusing on your strengths and maximising the gifts you have.  We quite often seem to focus on the stuff that we don’t do so well, with an aim of improving that.  I know, I have always and I mean always been focused on self improvement.  I remember it starting at school when I was 5!  Whilst it can be good to be driven and want to do your best, it can also lead you to chasing the wrong things and feeling an underlying disappointment with yourself.  Far better, to focus on your strengths and build on those so that you do what comes naturally and easily to you.

Have you ever thought about what your purpose in life might be?  We are all here for a reason, and that reason is what is going to make a difference to others and to the world.  What do you think your purpose would be?  Have you ever let yourself think about it?  It will probably be related to something that you do really well, something that sets you apart and is probably something that is a strength.

As an exercise to help you find this, I am going to suggest something that I usually do with people in business.  When doing strategic planning, we usually do a SWOT exercise, that stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  You can also do this to unearth your personal SWOT, which is also a brilliant thing for business owners to do.  It will help you find what you are best at and will help you come up with ways that you can use that and develop and grow, so that your strengths are maximised.  Trust me, when you focus on building your strengths, your path to success is made much easier.

Here is the personal SWOT: business_coaching_-_personal_swot_analysis  I suggest that before doing this, you take 10 minutes to practise some deep, diaphragm breathing, to help you get in the right mindset.  Then answer the questions honestly and from the heart.  I promise they will be there.  For this exercise, don’t bother too much about the WOT part of the worksheet, we want this to be all about your strengths.

Once you have identified your strengths, you can then think about how you can make them work for you, about how they could be behind your life purpose.  How can you enhance, grow, build on these great gifts you have?  There will be a superpower lurking there that can turn things around for you.  Go digging and see what you can find.  I’m excited to know what you find out.  Please share that with me this week, click here to contact me.

Have a fabulous week finding strengths and superpowers that you never knew you had.