Put all of the above information together to target your strengths.
- There are three aspects of your strengths, gifts, loves, and skills. Your gifts are the natural abilities that you were born with. Your loves are the things that are most excited about in your work, and your skills are the knowledge and education that you've acquired over time. Now it's time for us to put all these together and discover your true strengths. We'll be building on the work that you've done in the previous three chapters. So if you haven't don't that yet, I recommend you go back and complete those videos before moving forward.
I've provided a simple Strengths Worksheet that you can download. In the worksheet you'll notice three columns, gifts mentions, loves mentions, and skills mentions. When you completed the earlier worksheets, you found gifts, loves, and skills that you mentioned multiple times. These represent patterns of strength in your life. Take a moment and copy over the gifts, loves, and skills that you mentioned multiple times in this new worksheet.
Your worksheet should look something like this. Next look for common threads between the three columns. If I list sales as a gift, and I love closing sales, and I've had extensive sales training, then I'm going to circle each of these and draw a line connecting them. This is a likely indicator that I have a strength in sales. So I would list sales under I believe my strengths are. You may see phrases that are related to each other that use slightly different words.
Use your best judgment to connect those. For example, you may mention that one of your gifts is public speaking, and in the loves and skills you mentioned teaching people. Those are closely related. So you could circle those three, draw a line connecting them, and list teaching people as one of your strengths. There's only room for five strengths on this worksheet, but you can list more if you wish. As we move forward I'll show you how to determine which of your strengths is most valuable.
It's also fine if you've identified only one strength because it allows you to be even more focused on that one strength. People who are most successful in their careers are the ones who have naturally spent most of their time, training, and effort in one great strength. The more focused you are, the greater your likelihood of success.
- Identify the key differences between gifts, loves, and skills.
- Explore methods for discovering what you love to do.
- Identify your core skills through self-reflection and via feedback from others.
- Choose your strongest and most valuable work activities through ranking and rating.
- Identify the steps needed to invest in yourself and grow your strengths.
- Recall how to match your strengths to your responsibilities, and discover when to grow your current career versus switch to a new one.