Part One | Strengths and Pixels: Why Living from Our Strengths Is Like Living in Hi-Def

PresentMomentLifeFebruary 8, 2016 

5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas

Simply put, high-definition is a visible increase in quality over an earlier standard. In a word, it’s an upgrade.

Note that there is a comparison happening here. An upgrade is determined and defined by what preceded it. There can be no upgrade without a first draft—no hi-def without, first, low-def; in that way, there is an interdependency between the old and the new.

The same is true for us and our lives. Our former selves are the pre-drafts of our best selves; who we were is the foundation of our present selves—the upgrades.

We cannot measure or acknowledge improvement in any sense without something previous to compare it to, which is to say that everything in the past has been a necessary component of who we are today in the present.

Developing this awareness can give us something to focus in times of gloom—not necessarily to minimize today’s challenges, but rather to acknowledge that our struggles are never in vain.

Three Questions

So, what would it mean to live in HD?

What are my points of comparison for life’s joys and life’s challenges? What are my highs and lows?

How have my battles changed my perspective?

An Action

Desired Result: Regaining the Present Moment

Concrete Action: Should you ever find your mind spinning out into anxious or distracted thoughts, try this: Close your eyes and start by imagining the very tips of your toenails—really try to visualize the tips of your toes in ever detail. Now, move your mind’s eye up to your toe-knuckles, then your foot, ankle, leg, all the way up to your forehead. Do this slowly, being careful to imagine each and every detail. As you do this, consider the way that your mind is able scan each part of you from head to toe like an invisible eye. Consider the sacred interconnectedness of your mind and body, and welcome both to come back to the present moment. Together.

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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