Strengths and Changes

ChangesLifeEDITJanuary 27, 2016

*** Trying out a new format here—same message, same vision, only more concise and easier to read.  Let me know what you think. *** 

5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas

The more emphasis we place on growing in our strengths and discovering who we really are, the more rapidly we will change—focusing on anything else is less efficient and less productive in the pursuit of becoming who we want to be.

Our strengths are our basic operating system—the core—as we grow and change, they, too, develop with us.

Our strengths are hardwired, they do not go away; we can grow out of our challenges of character but not our strengths.

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” Victor Hugo  (Our strengths are the roots connecting us to our true self.)

And remember: Overnight success usually takes about twenty years, take small actions every day that add up.

Three Questions

Is it truly possible to stay the same or are we always changing no matter what?

What is one specific change that I would like to see in my life and why?

What is my personal definition of personal growth and what actions am I taking to remain present in this process? (ex. Am I happening to life, or is life happening to me?)

An Action

Desired Result: Implement Positive and Lasting Change

Concrete Action: Think Small

Write it out.  Do a five minute freewrite and get all the ideas on the page.  Then assess what the first five actions are.  Assess how many hours each one will take.  Divide them up into small daily actions and put them on your calendar.  It’s easy to desire broad abstractions, it’s an art to “think small”.  With big goals, it’s best to plan it out on a calendar because it demystifies the process and brings it down to earth.  Peck away at big goals in increments.  It can feel too daunting and impossible to start big goals all at once.  For example, split up the 100 hours of work into 300 individual twenty minute sessions.  Take a small action each day instead of a big action every once in a while.

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Strengths Consultant.

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