Part 2 | Strengths and Pure Potential

strengths-photo-7November 30, 2016

There is that saying, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”  And, living without inner or outer recognition of our strengths can make every tool that we possess look like a hammer and every situation we encounter look like a nail.  Embracing our potential as human beings, does not always mean being at the forefront and drilling down.  Sometimes knowing our worth means stepping back and entrusting others with life’s situations so that we can focus our energies on where we will develop most.

We truly add our unique value to the world when we are able to recognize the right tool for the right situation.  After all, someone who is gifted in leading does not always need to be leading, delegating, and conquering.  Likewise, someone who is good at identifying problems and proposing solutions, does not necessarily need to apply that talent to each and every situation.  Just because we have chosen to consciously develop our potential, we do not need to apply this development full-tilt 24/7.

Developing a strengths mindset means being conscious of who we are and what we can contribute.  It does not mean that we are in constant motion forcing our perspective upon the world at all times.  In fact, when we are truly living in this place of strength, we never have to force anything upon anyone…ever.

Instead, it means that there is an increased ease in our daily activities because we have a keen sense of what we can and cannot deliver to a situation.

Living in our strengths means that we have done the work to develop a deep awareness of what we bring to the table.  This means that we no longer have to live in the illusion that we can be all things to everyone.  We don’t have to try to do everything.  That is, because we know and value our unique gifts, we have an easier time asking for help and calling upon the gifts of others.

This is important, because, until we are aware of the true value of our own ideas and actions, it can feel threatening to say, “I am not the best person for the job…”.

Embodying a strengths perspective in all that we do removes us from the burden of trying to be good at everything, which allows us to hone in and develop areas where we have the most potential to be great.

Am I trying to be all things to everyone?  Is there an area in my life that I could ask for help?  Can I delegate some of my life’s responsibilities to someone better suited for the job?

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.


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 Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

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