It seems like it’s human nature to look for what is wrong and try to fix it. I’m certainly guilty of doing this, but that’s not my fault. (And it’s not your fault either if you find yourself doing this too!) Think about it, businesses and organizations are constantly looking to the problem in order to try to find a solution as to how they can be better. They get a complaint or bad review and try to improve by offering a discount or other incentives to the complaining customers. They have a high turnover rate and look at the employees’ reasons for leaving in order to find an answer for improving retention. Actually, most businesses are created because they are hoping to provide a solution to a problem. I’m not complaining or saying that’s wrong in any way! I enjoy many of the products and services that were built on this concept.
What I am saying is that we shouldn’t treat ourselves as problems to be solved. Too often we are quick to judge ourselves and nitpick the things we wish were different or better. STOP IT! You can do so much more if you focus on what you’re doing right. Take a look at the things you excel at and build on those! It’s much more enjoyable (and fun!) to focus on your strengths and improve upon them than it is to look at what is wrong and try to fix it. I challenge you to choose one of your strengths and figure out a way to build on it.
I’d love to hear about your experience with this, so drop a comment or send me a message telling me all about it!
If you’d like more information about finding your strengths and building on them, I highly recommend reading “Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.