From the time we are very small, we begin realizing that we are really good at some things, and not so good at others. That’s normal and perfectly okay!
As we get a bit older we start learning that the skills that come naturally and easily to us are usually the things that we are good at and they are called our strengths. We may struggle with other tasks or skills and generally classify them as our weaknesses. It seems that from that time on we are told that we need to work on these weaknesses; however, it seems that very little emphasis is put on building our strengths in comparison.
Fast forward to adulthood and the lives we lead. Often the emphasis is still on our weaknesses, seldom on our strengths. I would encourage you to not spend quite so much time working on the things that you struggle with unless of course, they are some of the basic skills necessary for a comfortable life.
From the life coaching point of view, it makes sense to me to spend more energy on natural strengths, skills, and talents. For instance, perhaps you love writing but hate working with numbers. Since you love to write a fascinating story it makes sense to build on this, research education and career options, from journalism to child book author, check it all out and see what appeals to you. Then run with it! It’s no coincidence that your greatest strengths and talents are often the activities that bring you the greatest happiness and joy.
Now, I’m not saying that you should ignore all your trouble-spots or weaknesses. You may not enjoy math and it may be a struggle, but you still need to be proficient enough in basic math to double check your receipts, balance your checkbook, etc. The basics need to be in place to keep your life manageable. But after those basics are covered, I say work on your strengths.
When we embrace our natural talents, work becomes in many ways, like play. We come to love what we do and when we truly enjoy our work we usually get to be very good at it, when we excel at our work we are most likely to make excellent money. Making good money gives us more options for the rest of our life. And it goes on and on and on.
So, I suggest that we all work on our strengths, enjoy them, bask in the feeling of doing what we love and enjoy the sweet rewards that come along.
Wishing you a day spent discovering that your fabulous strengths and talents can also bring you great pleasure, great abundance, and prosperity.