So many of us live our lives not believing in ourselves, doubting our capabilities.
Maybe we were told at school that we’d never amount to anything.
Maybe someone constantly called us “stupid”.
Maybe after a while we believed them and we’re still believing them decades later.
But for some of us someone came along and changed all that.
Someone came into our life who believed in us more than we believed in ourselves.
Someone saw our strengths, our talent and our potential.
He or she brought them to our notice.
That person then challenged us to develop them and supported, motivated and inspired us to use them to change the direction of our lives.
This next week you can do that too for your team members, or your colleagues or your friends, your kids.
Make it a priority to focus on strengths with all the people you interact with.
Acknowledge their strengths. Draw their attention to them.
Challenge them to use their strengths to achieve their goals, to be successful.
Follow them up next week, and next month. Continue to encourage and support them.
It’s their strengths that help them to manage, overcome or counterbalance their weaknesses, what challenges them.
If the focus is always on their inadequacies, what is wrong with them, what they need to change and improve, many give up. They do not know how to do it. They do not recognise they have the resources within – strengths – to do it. So focus on strengths, not weaknesses.