What is a strength?
We’re just weeks away from the launch of The Strengths Book by Sally Bibb and to give you a small glimpse of what you can expect we’re sharing an extract from the book.
A strength is something that someone is naturally good at, loves doing and is energized by.
Our strengths are innate. They are developed by the time we reach our mid-teens. By then we are who we are and we don’t change very much after that. We can learn new skills or acquire new knowledge but what we are like as a person fundamentally doesn’t change all that much.
An example of an innate strength is loving to connect with other people. Have you ever noticed how great baristas in coffee shops do this? They can’t help it- they can’t not do it. Another example is the athlete who is naturally competitive. They just have to win. it’s part of who they are.
Think of your strengths as something that you can’t not do. They are things that feel like a natural part of who you are. Take a moment to think about what that means to you. What sort of things do you naturally do? Is it that you almost always:
- Talk to people in lifts, queues or on trains?
- Have a list of things to do, even at weekends?
- Strive to always finish first?
- See problems that need solving?
If you said a big “yes, that’s me!” to any of these things it’s an indication that it’s one of your strengths.
Using our strengths energises us. If you answered “No’ to any of these, chances are it’s because it’s not one of your natural strengths. There are the things you would probably avoid doing, and if you did them they would drain you.
Our values are also strengths. For example, it may be very important to you to make a difference.
Our motivators are strengths too. You may be motivated by being competitive, or by being extremely organised.
Your strengths reflect the real you. You can’t NOT be this way.
For more useful tools to help you discover how to be fulfilled in your work and in life pre-order you copy ofÂ The Strengths Book here!
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