Mastering Your Self

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
– Lao Tzu –

In schools and workplaces, we are encouraged to find and correct our weaknesses, always aiming to increase our productivity. If we stop to think, we should focus on the opposite, which is our strengths.
It is not surprising that organizations in which employees are able to use their qualities every day are more sustainable and successful.

Finding your strengths is one of the best way to improve your energy and your effectiveness in what you do. If you recognize and give value to your unique strengths and you play to your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses, you can maximize your impact and you can leave your own signature in life.

How do you find your strengths? What are your unique strengths and talents, that come easy to you but can be difficult for others? How can you leverage them?

Professional coaches engage in a creative conversation with their clients in order to enhance their resources and talents and allow them to connect with their unique strengths that can be key tools to maximize their life and their profession.
Enhancing your strengths involves refining your talent with knowledge and skills.
So it is important to always combine your talent with different skills and knowledge. In this way, you can improve and sustain your strengths.

In a nutshell, how can you proceed to identify what differentiate you and what empowers you?
Start your journey of self-reflection and be surprised of what you can discover.

Discovering talents is a crucial task. We are presented with countless opportunities to meet talents in our daily lives. Therefore, it is important to carefully observe the most spontaneous reactions.

Start by identifying what you are great at, not just what you are good at! This difference is huge, and it will have a great impact in how you look at yourself.

Commit to yourself to be your personal best. Modeling someone else may not come easy, and most of all it is useless. Be your own unique Self, let yourself be you and bring your essence in what you do.

Use the synergy of your talents, not only a single one, use the power that they propel together.

Cultivate you, embark in the path of your personal excellence, improve your own skills and therefore your strengths, and forget about reducing weaknesses, because this is not the path to greatness.

Satisfactions provide the ultimate indicator of talent. A strong point is an activity that you do masterfully while having fun. So if you feel good while playing something, you are most likely using a talent.

One of the things that can hold you back is indulging on your weak areas, even call them like this is a mistake. When you change the way you name them, everything can change inside and outside: when you name them ‘areas of development’ you give them a different place in your life, you promote possibilities and growth and you open to the possibility of choosing what to do with your life.

The better you learn to focus on your strengths the more you can gain awareness about how and when you can make the best choice for you, pick the right situation or the best job to let your life flourish.

 

(Inspired by the book ‘Now, discover your strengths’ by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton)

 

 

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