What Are Your Strengths?

Funny picture of young afro-american woman on chalkboard background seriously looking at camera. Two strong muscular arms painted on chalkboardAs a 5 ft 4 in basketball player, I knew my strengths would be better served in another role. While there was the thrill of sinking 3-pointers, I realized early on that my height was a disadvantage, and I needed to explore other options to pursue my passion.

Passion for what you love to do is best served when combined with your strengths.

  • Strengths are your power advantage
  • Strengths are your natural ability, your talents
  • Strengths are tangible

You can discover your strengths through trial and error or complete a strengths-based assessment. Martin Seligman (often referred to as the father of positive psychology) promotes and encourages people to understand what they do well as one way living a productive, good life.

One of the best strength-finding assessments I have used is the Clifton Strengths. You can buy the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 or take the assessment online. It focuses on identifying your top talent areas and how you think, feel, and behave. After I completed the assessment, I was stunned by my Top 5 strengths because they were hidden in plain sight. Once I realized what they were, I took the necessary steps to grow and improve in those areas.

By identifying and understanding your strengths, you become more effective and productive. Knowing your natural abilities and talents puts you in the driver’s seat and in control of your destiny.

Make it a point to take a strength finder assessment today. It will transform your life in unimaginable ways.