Episode #135 Know Your Strengths

One of the most important things about us is what comes to mind when we think about ourselves. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and strength assessment fanatic Casey Greenawalt outline the many benefits of getting to know the person in the mirror.

Show Notes

Students who were studying subjects that they were bad at became more discouraged, and their grades started to go down.
Casey Greenawalt

Three Problems

  • Knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses is often inappropriately used to justify unhealthy choices and harmful behaviors.
  • We don’t see ourselves as clearly as we would like to believe.
  • We often fail to grow from strength and personality assessments because we allow one inconsistent result to invalidate the entire experience.

Seven Principles

  • In order to become the best version of ourselves, we must first understand ourselves.
  • We are more than merely the accumulation of our strengths and weaknesses.
  • Investing in our weaknesses can be exhausting and unhelpful, but investing in our strengths is consistently empowering.
  • When we are mindful of our weaknesses, we can be more strategic as we perform those difficult tasks and fulfill those draining responsibilities.
  • There is nobody else in the entire world with our exact set of strengths.
  • Awareness of our strengths can help to clarify our purpose, profession, and passions.
  • We are never too old to learn more about the way we are wired.

Four Assessments

Three Practices

  • Take one or more of the above assessments, and carefully review the results to identify the themes that most resonate with you.
  • Ask a close friend or colleague to share what they consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses both personally and professionally.
  • Schedule an appointment with a life coach to explore how your strengths can be leveraged to help you become the best version of yourself.