There are super powers that lie inside of you. There are things you do better than most. By learning to operate within your strengths zone, you can maximize your skillset and call out the greatness in others.
In 1985, as Jerry Rice was preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft, the pundits were all talking about his one major weakness, lack of speed.
Rice ran a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash placing him behind multiple quarterbacks, and even a defensive lineman. Not exactly the start he was hoping for.
Rice chose to focus his development on areas he could turn into strengths. He knew he could make up for a lack of speed by running precise routes. He knew that weight training and endurance training would give him an edge on his competition.
Rice would go on to play 20 seasons in the NFL. He was named First-Team All-NFL 10 times. He holds the NFL record for receptions, touchdowns and receiving yards. He is considered the game’s greatest route runner and is well known for his legendary workouts.
Rice became dominant by locking into his areas of strength.
Similarly to Rice, we have all been told at times throughout our lives that we are either not skilled enough, or that we are not smart enough. But, the choice to look past the naysayers still remains with us. As John Wooden said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
As we talked about earlier, we all do something particularly well. By making the choice to develop that area, we give ourselves an opportunity to turn that skill into a real strength.
When we operate within our strengths zone, we give ourselves the opportunity to work within our sweet spot, a spot where our talents and passions intertwine.
By focusing our development on that which we do well, we set ourselves up for positive results. The author of Strengths Finders Tom Rath, says, “If you spend most of your life trying to be good at everything, you will eliminate your chances of being great at anything.
Research from the Gallup Organization shows that people who focus on using their strengths are three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life.
We all have the chance to be great, but our development lies within our own hands. We are the CEO of our own potential. We ourselves are a brand, each one of us exclusive and unique. The rise and fall of our own stock is completely dependent upon our own growth.
We can take steps forward by looking inward to find out more about ourselves and our natural talents. “The more time you spend building on who you already are, the faster you will grow,” says Tom Rath.
By having the discipline to pursue less, we can focus in on developing our strengths, which gives us the best opportunity to go from good to great.
Until next week. Thanks for reading.
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