Rather than spending your time trying to strengthen your weaknesses, or make them disappear altogether, consider an alternative: Find your strengths. We all have weaknesses, even if during a job interview you describe them as, ‘caring too much,’ or ‘becoming overly invested in your job.’ So now we’re all ‘leaning in’ and working really hard to achieve more, but hear us when we say that actually ignoring your weaknesses might be the way to go.
Professional Coach, Astrid Baumgardner says, “Once you know your strengths, consider how well you are living your strengths. Often, people who experience a lack of fulfillment in their lives may not be using their strengths enough.” Your job performance could drastically change (for the better) if, instead of focusing on improving your weaknesses, you focus on finding your strengths. Here are some ways to do better, and feel better at work, by playing up your strengths.
1. Identify your strengths.
You might think you know them but take a moment to look back at your last job review to see what’s highlighted or make a list of what you think you’re great at. Think about the parts of your job that you enjoy as well, most of us do well at what we love. Also keep in mind, what your workplace needs: creative problem solving, leadership, diplomacy, etc.
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