August 2, 2016
Reason #3: It produces artifacts of our truest expression
How do others see who we truly are?
Responding to his question is at once simple and complex. That is, unless someone can see telepathically into our mind, others see us and know us by way of our words and actions. Seems pretty straightforward. Sure. But it’s also challenging, right?
In a word, we are known by the world at large via one thing: results.
Results are the artifacts of our thoughts and actions.
Left unchecked, we tend only to judge ourselves by our good intentions and judge others by their impact on us.
This is why consistency is key to long term success, fulfillment, and a sense of truly being seen and known. Our strengths create the foundation of who we are—they give us something concrete to strive for…at all times. Our strengths form the backbone of what is most natural to us, which creates ease, momentum, and dynamism when consistently applied. After all, it can be a lot of work trying to be someone who we are not.
So, by identifying our areas of strength, we are giving ourselves a starting point for who we can work to become more of—as opposed to the guessing game of focusing on weaknesses and trying to become less of who we are not.
When we are living from a place of strength, it’s likely that we will be performing at peak levels, interacting with others in authentic ways, and feeling (really truly feeling) our life’s purpose.
Living in our strengths means that we are doing what we are wired to do. It is where form meets function.
Sure, we could spend time becoming okay at what we are bad at; or, we could spend time becoming great at what we are already good at.
What are your strengths? Who are you trying to become more of?
Action: If you find that you are taking yourself a little too seriously, try this. It’s called The Eyes-closed Self-portrait. Grab a pen and a sheet of paper and sit with your eyes closed for a few moments, then—without opening your eyes—pick up the pen and draw your own self portrait on the paper. The result is likely to lighten the mood. Maybe you forgot to add ears. Perhaps your lips are above your nose in your portrait. Maybe your entire face appears to be floating inside of a giant and cavernous head. Whatever the result, this exercise can create a good visual representation of “not taking life so seriously”. You can also try it with a friend—draw their portrait with your eyes closed.
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.
Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
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 Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.