Play to Your Strengths
People who regularly use one of their personality strengths in a new way every day for a week have higher happiness and lower depression levels in the long term. To identify your own strengths, answer the following questions:
1. What are some everyday things that you enjoy doing -- what would you say you enjoy the most? And why?
2. Thinking back to when you were younger, what were the best times you can remember? What were you doing?
3. When you feel the most energy, or feel "alive" what is it that you're doing? Can you connect certain activities or similarities between things you enjoy and find a common denominator?
Know your strengths, and know your weaknesses. Being aware of them can help you exponentially in life, particularly as a business owner. "Micro-management" happens when a manager or boss is unable to disengage from certain tasks that they are not "great" at doing, and end up spending too much time and energy on trying to compensate for that. So, conversely, KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES, and as a business owner, don't allow them to become your downfall.
Try some of these questions.
1. When you have had a job situation go badly, (and besides blaming a person or people) make a list of the things that you could have done to improve the issue. If it does revolve solely around people, perhaps examine why these work relationships went badly, and what could have improved it.
2. Look for patterns that might not be obvious, but for example, an employer continually having problems with employees not pulling their weight, as well as failure to collect debt owed are two things that seem unrelated, but this employer has a hard time with confrontation or asking for money. This owner has a hard time creating boundaries in their business life, and needs to hire an employee-manager, and an accountant, even if it's part-time.
3. At lastly, but perhaps most importantly, realize that we all have weaknesses. People who say "nothing gets done right when I don't do it myself," that is a weakness within itself... especially as a business owner. Delegating, management, confrontation, focus, technology, networking, customer service, aesthetics.... everyone has a weakness or 2! Even YOU!
-Anne Morgan Pates, March 20, 2017
Anne Morgan Pates was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She attended Chatham Hall Preparatory School, Sewanee: University of the South, and University of Mary Washington. She graduated with a B.A. from U.M.W. in English Literature. She has worked in local real estate and marketing for seven years.