The Power of STRENGTHS!

By Teresa Starr

June 6, 2016

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your weakness? Maybe you’ve even asked yourself, “What’s wrong with me?” A better question is “What’s wrong with that question?” The answer is found in Positive Psychology, which recommends focusing  on strengths instead of problems and weakness. Why focus on strengths? Because strengths empower you! In fact, scientific studies indicate that focusing on strengths can make you happier and help you enjoy greater success and life satisfaction.

Strengths are talents and skills that seem to come naturally and with minimal effort. They are characteristics that allow you to perform  at your personal best. When you focus on strengths you’ll find that you  feel energized and drawn to using those strengths in many areas of your life (home/family, the workplace, even leisure activities).

Focusing on strengths is about emphasizing and building upon “what’s right with people,” rather than trying to fix “what’s wrong with them.” Using strengths for problem solving is often more effective than focusing only upon weaknesses (which can lead to feelings of discouragement and overwhelm). Concentrating on strengths doesn’t mean ignoring weaker areas. It’s simply a matter of where you choose to place emphasis. That doesn’t mean you should give up on your weaknesses, it’s important to manage those too (especially those weaknesses that may be holding you back). Furthermore, focusing on strengths can be a great help in overcoming weakness by giving you confidence & tools to move forward, despite weakness.

Learning about your strengths can give a big boost to your confidence, and prove to be both interesting and fun. When skillfully applied, knowing your core strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on all areas of your life. For example, research shows that using your character strengths can help you become more resilient in overcoming and managing life’s challenges, help you improve relationships and enhance your overall health and well-being.

So, how can you begin focusing on strengths? Start by taking a strengths assessment. Three of the most popular strengths tests are the VIA Character Strengths assessment, The Hartman Personality Profile, and the Clifton Strengthsfinder test. These FREE tests have helped millions of people begin to discover and build upon their innate strengths.

Clifton Strengthsfinder

VIA Signature Strengths

To find out more about YOUR innate core strengths, take the FREE Hartman Personality Profile Test, Click HERE

To learn more about Embracing Innate Core Strengths or Yourself & Others, Click HERE

Gallup has found that “When people understand and apply their strengths, the effect on their lives and work is transformational. People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.”

So if you’re in a bad habit of asking yourself, “What’s wrong with me?” It’s time to reframe that thought, focus on your strengths and confidently upgrade to a more empowering question: “What’s RIGHT with me?” You’ll be amazed at the many personal strengths you’ll discover, just by asking the right question.



And if you’re overwhelmed by weakness and having a hard time focusing on strengths, just remember:

Challenges to Strengths

To find out more about YOUR innate core strengths, take this FREE Personality Profile Test HERE

To learn more about The Power of Strengths, Click HERE

Teresa Starr

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