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Want to Hit Home Runs? Play from Your Strengths

By Sandy Schroeder

We all know when we are playing from our strengths. Everything is easier, and the results are so much better. We are on solid ground.

Sometimes it is tempting to fake it, or imitate someone else. But the results are never as good.

Think about what your strengths are. Make a list, and think about how you use your traits. These are the components that are uniquely you. Every time you swing into action you can draw upon them to back you up.

Think About Who You Are

Ask yourself if you are good with words or strong with numbers? Are you at ease in large groups, or would you rather deal with a few people at a time?  Are you a quick study, or do you do amazing things when you do the research? These are all traits that can make you seem like an average player, or a winner, depending on what you do.

Strengths are innate abilities influencing the way we think, act and feel. The unique weave of abilities makes us who we are. If you are in tune with your abilities, you can use them to your advantage at work, home, or out in the world. 

You may be able to speak easily and naturally to a group, commanding their attention and enlisting their cooperation. Someone else would be struggling if they had to speak, but be able to whip together all of the numbers to create the perfect presentation. A good boss spots these unique strengths and makes assignments accordingly.

Learn to Spot Strengths

As you become more familiar with your strengths, you will spot the ones that other people have. You may also begin to see dominant strengths in your children, encouraging them to use them in positive ways.

In another setting, you might be able to help individuals who are struggling. They may be fighting aging, or feeling depressed. Helping them to see that they have strengths that have nothing to do with age or current life situations could give them a huge boost.

A neighbor of mine was becoming preoccupied with his age -- until we talked. I reminded him of how much he had done for his family and how they all counted on him to be there. He digested that idea, and now he is back out walking through the neighborhood, working in his garden, and spending time with his family. Seeing his strengths made a difference.

As you learn more about your strengths, keep looking for more ways to put them to work for you, and your family.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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