Are we looking in the wrong direction when it comes to success?

What direction are you taking when it comes to self-development  and making a success of your life?

The Past

We have grown up in a world that has focused heavily on duality. Good vs bad, right vs wrong, virtuous vs evil. With this notion in mind, we have believed that in order to understand how to be ‘good’ at something we should try to figure out what makes us ‘bad’ at it.

In order to figure out how to maintain health; we studied disease. We wanted to know how to be happy and contented; so we focused on resolving depression and anxiety. And to figure out how to build strength of character and improve performance; we believed we should first look at our weaknesses and learn how to overcome them. Then we should be left with our strengths, right?

The Present

There is an emerging trend amongst psychologists, health care practitioners and particularly, in business, toward turning these beliefs on their head and going straight for the prize. What would happen if instead of avoiding that which we don’t want we headed directly for what we do want?

Fields such as positive psychology and leadership development are revolutionizing the way in which leading organisations are run around the world. We have all heard the stories of Google and other such companies that are rated amongst the best in the world to work for. What are they doing differently? They are focusing on building on employees’ strengths and talents to create a workplace that offers them the opportunity to do what they are best at every day.

So, employers are catching onto this idea. Perhaps trying to train and discipline the weaknesses out of their staff may not be the best approach? Particularly in terms of bringing out the best in them, increasing productivity and ultimately, profitability. Are we catching onto this for ourselves?

Do you know your greatest strengths?

Are you giving yourself the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

Most of us fall into the trap of taking our strengths for granted and focusing on minimizing our weaknesses. This is not self-development, it is damage control. And it is a poor strategy to elevate your performance in life and reach your potential.

“The real tragedy in life is not that each of us doesn’t have enough strengths, it is that we fail to use the ones we have.” Jim Clifton (Gallup, Inc.)

The Future

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