Do you know what your strengths are?

According to the work of Buckingham & Clifton (2001), your strengths represent the way your brain is wired to perform at your best.

So what is a strength?

Strength is the TALENT (your natural way of thinking, feeling and repeated behaviour patterns) plus KNOWLEDGE (time spent practicing, developing your skills and building your knowledge base provides a strength. A STRENGTH is the ability to provide new perfect performance in a given activity consistently.

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Studies have found that the more time we spend using our strengths regularly, we experience elevated levels of confidence, less stress, more happiness and feel more engaged on our work.

But most of the time we aren't really aware of what our core strengths are and the best way to use them. Some offices environments are often the breeding grounds for a fixation on our weaknesses and spending our energies focused on what we can't do instead of using our capacity to drive and advance in the areas we already excel in.

I've asked many of my clients if they have the opportunity to do what they do best everyday? Majority say no and the longer they have spent in a particular company they feel this slipping further downwards.

It's my goal to get individuals to hone in on the strengths, below is a comprehensive list of the four domains of strengths:

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Which ones immediately jump out at you as ones you lean into naturally or love to do?

Are there any situation where you rely heavily on one strength at the expense of others?

Which areas could you do with developing further?

There are two man weakness that I see my clients suffer from:

  - Deficiencies - something they don't have or don't do well and have not found the support or complementary skills partners/collaborators to overcome this

  - Over-Reliance - overlying on one strength alone to carry them through and a reluctance to pick up new challenges 

Our brains are wired with a negativity bias that trains us to spot what's going wrong and feel an evolutionary pull to fix it. To capitalize on how your brain is wired to perform at its best, however, we must try to flip this and spend at least 80% of our time building on our strengths.

This doesn't mean that you ignore your weaknesses. It does mean you should be realistic about the effort and commitment it takes to really rewire your brain and turn a weakness into a strength and thus make you happier.

'P' in our Be Happy programme is for 'Pick Up' and this sections helps you to improve your happiness at work by identifying the strengths you can build upon that might create the changes you're seeking and how to make this a consistent and gradual process. 

Ready to explore this first step of happiness further?

Our new masterclass Be Happy First goes live on 15th January. Be the first to secure yours today at our early bird price of £97, click HERE

Check back soon as we explore our support systems, what's do they look like and what can we do to cultivate better relationships

With love,



Samantha Clarke