Step 1: Discover your unique skills, strengths and abilities You can define your uniqueness in many different ways. I like to define them in 3 different areas: cognitive – what you know (awards, prizes, education, experience) affective – why you do what you do (personality, motivation, beliefs, desires) conative – how you take action (who you are, talent, strengths, instincts) Conative strengths are measured by Kolbe assessment. Kolbe is NOT a personality assessment. The strengths is reveals are unique to you and they remain the same throughout your lifetime. This is who you are, how you take action and create results. You can’t improve or change them. But you CAN leverage them! |
Step 2: Recognize & accept your strengths This is a very important step. You can’t grow into being yourself without accepting utilizing your own gifting. It’s crucial that you recognize value of your own strengths and talents. Otherwise you will waste your time fighting against yourself, sabotaging your own achievements. You will be like Tinker Bell in the first part of the fairytale series, trying to shift away from who she was to become like her friends. Simply because she viewed her friends’ talents more valuable than her own. The truth is, you are you for a reason and if you choose to turn yourself into somebody you are not, you will never be able to fulfill your purpose in life.
Step 3: Start using your strengths It’s not enough to just know and accept your strengths, you must choose to use them. Following are top three benefits of using your skills: Grow into better you – stop being like others around you and become more an more true to yourself Lower your stress – remove unnecessary stress from your life by doing things the way that works for you Increase your productivity – by taking action the way that’s natural to you, you will be able to create better results faster
Step 4: Design your positioning around who you are Now that you know who you are, how you get things done and what results you can deliver, it’s much easier to create your positioning. Whether you’re a business owner defining what your business is about, or you are a job applicant defining what sets you apart from other applicants, you no longer have to be in the dark.
You know exactly how to promise the results you can actually deliver. If you still need help, Career MO+ might give you additional ideas to help you in this area.
In my next article I’ll show you how to use your strengths to maximize your performance.
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