“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” — Unknown
How do you give your best where you have your best to give? You’re special. You’re an individual with a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, and experiences. Maybe only your closest friends know your true strengths. Maybe you don’t show your strengths at work. Why not? No matter what the task is, you can leave your mark. You have your signature strengths. Use them.
In Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance, Marcus Buckingham writes about giving your best where you have your best to give.
Key Take Aways
Here are my key take aways:
- Give your best where you have your best to give. Focus on the vital few activities where you can really give your best. Focus on strengths over weaknesses. You’ll get more results by improving your strengths than improving your weaknesses.
- If you get knocked down, get up again. Stay the path. Focus on finding your strengths and finding ways to leverage them. Expect a learning curve, but know that this is the high ROI path.
- Spend more time in your strengths. Design your time to spend most of your time on your strengths.
- Spend less time in your weaknesses. Limit the time you spend in your weaknesses. Find ways to off load more of your weaknesses so you can spend more time in your strengths.
The Greeks Called it Endaimonia
There’s a feeling you get when you give your best and it pays off. It’s like euphoria. The Greeks called it endaimonia.
“The Greeks coined a term to describe this feeling. They called it endaimonia, which translates as the feeling “of giving your best where you have your best to give, and of reaping the rewards of this excellence” – or more simply, and in all sense of the world, the feeling of flourishing. So, yes, at these times work can be wonderful because at work we can flourish.”
Sometimes we get knocked off our horse. We may not have realized how beautiful the ride was or how well we were riding. We were caught up in the ride and it was great. But something changes. The ride no longer feels right and we no longer feel strong.
“Then something changes. Sometimes the change is obviously negative, such as an annoying new boss or a companywide downsizing. Sometimes it is superficially positive – we are offered an exciting new promotion or the chance to participate on a high-profile project team. Sometimes the change is sudden – we’re fired. Sometimes it’s imperceptible – a client slowly grows, and its requests of us shift and morph.”
Don’t Veer from Your Strengths Path
Find the activities that strengthen you. Don’t let the changes around you, cause you to lose sight of the activities that make you strong. Don’t let yourself get caught up in activities that weaken you. Get back on your strengths path. Buckingham writes:
“However it occurs, this change fills our weeks with different activities. Some continue to call upon our strengths, but many do not. If we are not especially vigilant, we find that we are carried along by these new activities; they take up more of our time, demand more of our attention, and, after a while, we wake up and discover that we have veered far off our strengths path.”
Push for Activities that Strengthen You and Watch for Those That Drag You Down
Build habits that keep you strong. You’re the architect of your life. Build a firm foundation. Design how you spend your time effectively. Spend your time on your strengths. Limit your time on your weaknesses.
“To keep on it for our entire career, we need to stay clear-headed. We need to build the right habits, so that week in, week out, and year upon year, we stay in control, always pushing toward activities that strengthen us, ever watchful for those that drag us down.”
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