[This three part series will provide a step by step formula for you to begin to discover, develop, and deliberately implement your personal strengths. This is the second step, to unleashing your strengths.]
The gap between where you are now to where you desire to be in the future is your potential. A key aspect to reaching your maximum potential is to make the investment to develop your personal strengths. Developing your strengths will allow you to achieve higher results, be more productive, increase your leadership competence, and handle the demands of leadership.
Being specific and having measurable goals are two key ingredients to developing your strengths. Let’s discuss those two areas:
Being specific– Specific development produces specific results. To efficiently sharpen your strengths requires that you concentrate your personal development on your strength zones. I don’t recommend spending the majority of your time developing the areas outside your strength zones because these areas will require a large investment of your time and energy but will never produce a high enough return on this investment. To avoid this remember to focus your development on your areas of strengths.
Measurable goals– Seeing results on the development of your strengths requires attaching goals. I suggest setting both short and long term strengths development goals. Short term goals might include: Daily reading a book for a certain amount of time, listening to x amount of audio CDs a week, and being mentored x amount of times a month. Longer term goals might include: Starting or finishing a college education in the next 5 years or attending X amount of conferences every year. Remember that your goals should be specific to the areas of your strengths.
I often discuss the methods of personal growth and development on my blog. Briefly some of those methods include: reading, listening to audio, mentorship, attending conferences, and practice. In the remainder of this post I would like to share some qualities needed in order to develop your strengths.
Quality #1 Teachable
Being teachable is about being willing to learn and retain new information. Being teachable allows you to quickly sharpen your strengths. A person who has a teachable mindset is able to learn from anyone and any situation.
Quality #2 Disciplined
Successful people know the importance of discipline. Michael Jordan said, “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” Discipline is about putting in the work required to develop fully develop your strengths.
Quality #3 Consistent
Being consistent in your development is about being intentional about daily growth. Consistency of development allows a person to move closer to their potential. This does not happen by reading a couple of books or attending a conference but through regular development.
Quality #4 Motivated
An essential quality in developing your strengths is self-motivation. The only person who will motivate yourself to grow and develop is you. I suggest finding your why when it comes to developing your strengths, your why is a powerful key when it comes to being motivated to take action on the development of your strengths.
Questions: Can you add to the list? What other qualities would you include in the list? How do you develop your personal strengths?