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Strengths or Weaknesses

2011-01-28 21:58 (comments: 0)

In coaching, same as in professional life, there is much talk about strengths and weaknesses. Actually, this talk begins already at school! I’m sure you remember some teachers who just couldn’t stop harping on about those areas where you had to get better. How did they make you feel? Motivated to do more and try harder? Probably not.

And then there were teachers who focused on those things you could do well and on how you could use your strengths to improve in the areas where you weren’t exactly a star performer. How did you feel after those conversations?
Did they motivate you? Did they make you believe that you had skills and abilities that could help you cope better with the more difficult and less attractive tasks?

I always say: “If we focus on our weaknesses, we will become weaker. If we focus on our strengths, we will become stronger!”

Where is currently your focus? It will be easy to become a star performer in the areas where you already have strong skills and abilities. However, even if you invest a lot of energy in the areas where your abilities and skills are weak, you will probably still have rather poor results. Which of these two options do you choose?

As food for thought I’d like to invite you to become fully aware of your strengths and to work out how you can fully employ them to achieve true success in your life.
Go for it! Share your talents with the world!



Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.


Hasidic Saying



Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.


Robbie Gass


A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.


William Arthur Ward


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