Positive Psychology – Leveraging Your Strengths

Leveraging your strengths is a key aspect of well-being and optimal functioning. Unfortunately, far too many people spend many years – if not a lifetime – headed in the wrong direction.

People have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy and time in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.

Unfortunately, people often spend much of their efforts in trying to overcome deficits, thereby taking the path of most resistance. The key to optimal human functioning, performance and success is to build on who you already are. This is why leveraging your strengths is your most satisfying and gratifying strategy.

Gallup scientists have studied strengths for 50 years. They show that “people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general”.

In coaching we work to help you identify your unique strengths and figure out the best ways to leverage them. The most successful people start with their main talents, then add skills, knowledge and practice to the mix, thus creating a powerful leverage. We also learn how to manage your weaknesses so they do not become blind spots or derailers. This process helps you become more aware of your potential while keeping your limitations under control.

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