How to apply our strengths to more areas.

Our strengths are transferable, we have more skills than we think.

Do you hit every deadline, but often arrive late to events? Or maybe you’re a wiz in the kitchen, but don’t realize your creative ability. If we recognize our strengths in one discipline, we can use them to grow in other areas.

Step 1: Identify what skills you’re struggling with, for example; relationship building, communication, dedication to a goal, or perhaps eating well. Step 2: Recognize what your strengths are by analyzing the areas where you are getting desired results. Be specific. Step 3: Approach your challenges with a focus on applying your strengths.

Here are 5 common examples of transferable skills between work and home life:

1. If we tell great stories to our kids at bedtime – we can dissect the key story elements and use those same skills to pitch a client.

2. Many of us are supportive team members at work, chipping in when someone needs help, and contributing our skills with enthusiasm. Surely then, we can find a dedicated way to help our family members. Or if we’re caring at home, we can bring that human connection to work.

3. Do you do quarterly evaluations with your manager to set goals and problem solve? Why not book regular evaluations with our loved ones, asking them to rate us on important relationship needs and get feedback on how we can grow.

4. If we can figure out what works well in our relationship with our best friend – maybe it’s openness and trust – we can bring some of those characteristics to other relationships, including co-workers.

5. Skills developed managing a household translate very well to managing a team. Planning, prioritizing, time management, budgeting, and communication are important both at home and work. Parental leave can be an asset to your work life.

Take action: To apply your strengths, you first need to know your strengths. Ask for opinions from people who know you well in various areas of your life. Pay attention to compliments you get, they are likely unique to you. Grab a list of characteristics online and do a self evaluation. Recall situations that have energized you and figure out what charged you up. Note what annoys you about others and invert it; your strength might be the opposite. With these exercises, you should see some key personal strengths emerging. Now double down on them.

:: Inspired by The Art of Charm’s podcast interview with Olaniyi Sobomehin.

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