List of strengths?
Are you wondering what they are?
Are you getting them confused with your skills?
Well, just for clarity, let me explain the difference in very simple terms
They are what you do best, without thinking and where the essence of your talent lies.
Your strengths are easy for you and you might not even notice them because they come so easily to you.
The secret to success in YOUR business is not what you do but how you do it.
Why wouldn’t you want to work with your best bits?
Hopefully this makes pulling your list together a little bit easier and a darn sight quicker than trying to sit with the dreaded blank sheet.
The headings should help you focus your thoughts better.
Don’t expect to have equal strengths in all of them.
You will probably be only strong in a few of them.
If you feel you need or want to, you can learn how to improve in the weaker sections or, and the easier option, farm out your work to people who have these strengths in spades, and concentrate on what you are good at instead.
It might seem counter intuitive during the early stages of your cash strapped business to do this, but you will reap the reward in other ways, especially with time.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
Are you able to understand a particular group of people?
Compassionate or caring, thoughtful, that sort of thing?
Are you good at finding solutions to complex issue as an example?
Can you take a bird’s eye view of things and see how to fix problems.
Or stand back and look from another perspective?
Can you organise a team or a workshop or a major event?
Can you design, draw or write or make?
Can you imagine new products or services for an industry/group of people?
Can you understand technology easily or mechanical processes
Do you understand how things work?
Can you work with your hands and make something or fix something?
You will have heard people say the phrase “strength of character” I am sure.
It’s about how you deal with any set back in life, it is a measure of your resilience.
It is a really useful strength to be resilient if you are going into business because the path is often rocky and twisty.
How you deal with things can make or break your move forward and not give up.
What are the key traits that show up strongly in your character sector?
Can you command brilliant, consistent, follow you over the cliff loyalty with your words or are you more subtle and quiet?
Can you make personal connections or give constructive feedback?
Remember I said in find your strengths I had read a great alternative thought to what people perceive as weakness.
It is from the author Marianne Cantwell
Well, if you want to make a full and true list of strengths you need to include them too!
Weakness such as; being opinionated, shy, a bit bossy all have a place on your list if interpreted in a more positive and different way
Ask others to add to your list of strengths
It’s actually a really good idea to ask other people about what they think should be on your list of strengths.
It can be really very surprising what they notice about you that you either don’t notice yourself or just take for granted or even want to avoid.
It might be the missing piece of information you are looking for.
And it is not so much the individual answers that could be noteworthy.
It is more about the collective pattern that can emerge.
Are there any surprises?
You can also
Look back to school days
You know the more I talk with people, the more I understand the value of looking back to school days.
Well, when we are young we generally have less influence from other sources to muddy the waters of what we enjoy doing.
If you liked messing about with water, or sewing dolls clothes or horse riding or you spent your life outdoors, it was what you spent your uninterrupted time doing.
You did it because you loved it and didn’t have to think about it.
You did it because it brought you natural, unadulterated and stress free joy.
You did these things without anyone telling you it was good for you, bad for you, great for your career path or you shouldn’t do it because it’s a waste of time, money or energy.
Go back to the time in your life when you were probably the most free.
Your secret strengths are in there somewhere.
You just need to dig a bit and find them and put them on the list.
I truly hope you get some lovely surprises.