Think about this statement by my Strengths Teacher, Curt Liesveld, for a moment: People get better by “working with what they’ve got rather than what they’re not.” Too often we spend our time focusing on what we are “not” at work, at home, and in our relationships. Sometimes, we get so caught up in areas of weakness, or “opportunities for improvement” as they’re more politely and deceptively referred to, that we may even completely disregard our natural gifts, talents, and abilities leading us down the path to mediocracy. At Follow Your Strengths, we want to change your focus.  Why? When you lead with your strengths, you’re more likely to be engaged, productive, and have an excellent quality of life.

In fact, research by the Gallup Organization shows that when people focus on their strengths, they are six times as likely to be engaged at work, have 7.8% greater productivity, and three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life. C’mon…who wouldn’t want that? Sign me up!

I’m excited to announce that Follow Your Strengths has a cool new blog page (Welcome!) on our website! We’ll be sharing information on each of the 34 strengths that Gallup has mapped in over 40 years of research, inspiring Strengths Stories from our clients, and you’ll be able to stay informed about upcoming StrengthsFinder® Meetups and other strengths-related events we’re hosting.

So let’s get back to the idea of working with what we’ve got. What if you could improve your performance in all the roles you play from employee or manager to mother or father to community member or spouse? What if there was a tool available to improve your engagement in whatever it is you do? What if learning more about yourself and how you are innately wired could give you additional power and edge? Of course, I’m sure you would say, “Yes, let’s go!” Good, because there is such a tool and over 13 million people have embraced it to date. In less time and money than it will take you to develop six pack abs, perfect your golf game, or just lounge and watch an episode of The Voice, you can complete the 30 minute Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment online and discover your Top 5 Strengths.

With a small investment, $15 and 30 minutes of your time, you can begin the exciting walk toward playing to your strengths. Once you complete the assessment, you’ll receive the bestselling StrengthsFinder 2.0 e-book, resources, tools, and over 20 pages of personalized reports complete with action items of how to maximize your unique talents. There are 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder talents areas including great examples like Achiever®, Connectedness®, Discipline™, and Responsibility®. The research says that the odds that someone has the same 5 themes in the same order as you are 1 in 33 million!

Do you have a clear understanding of your unique strengths and how to leverage them for improved performance? What actions are you taking to bring your gifts to the world and the people closest to you who need it most? Learning the language of strengths is the first step in helping you do just that.

The next step: Click here to contact me to take your Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment or call me at 319-883-6092. I’ll send you the assessment and share ways I can help you put those talents in motion! For those of you who have already completed the StrengthsFinder® assessment, awesome! Please stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page, because Follow Your Strengths will be right here to help you learn more about your talents and kick start your strengths in the months ahead!