August 5, 2016
Reason #4: It builds relationships and teams
Imagine walking into a giant meadow and finding only one kind of plant—nothing else, only one variety of life. It’s difficult to picture, right?
That’s because it’s unnatural for there to only be one type of something and nothing else—that is not how big things grow, develop, and flourish.
The world around us evolves only when many pieces are allowed to do and be what they were designed to do and be. The world thrives because different elements are interacting. This is true on the atomic level as well as in the visible, tangible world.
Think of a forest. It’s not just big trees. It’s not just small trees. In fact, it’s not just trees soaking up the sun! There are small plants that need shade, groundcover that requires lots of water, huge swarms of insects, birds and reptiles, and vast networks of mycelium hidden from sight.
Each of the parts play a vital role, and none of them are trying to “become” like the others—it only works when each piece is living its purpose. Some elements are more noticeable and more dramatic than others, but, in the grand scheme of things, no one part is more important than another because no two parts do the same things.
And, so it is with us. We are each wired in a special way to thrive in certain elements—socially, interpersonally, privately, at work, at home, spiritually, emotionally, macro and micro.
Focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses and having a shared language to address the greatness of others allows space for all of us to shine, creates inroads to acceptance, and build solidarity.
This is because a strengths-focus guides us in how to be who we are while allowing others to be who they are, without trying to force changes, apply pressure, and reinvent the wheel.
Naming our strengths allows us to pinpoint the specific value that we can add to a given situation, true. It also reminds us that we don’t have to try to “do it all”, instead we can step aside and let others rise, take the wheel, and add their unique value.
Action: Pick up the phone and call someone. Tell them that you value them for who they are. Find someone who needs to hear it.
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.