Focus on Strengths

I love to read.  I believe that self-discovery is based on our awarenss and openness to life-long learning.  As I prepare for yet another transition, I have been focused on how to develop and build stronger relationships.

I just finished reading Strengths Based Leadership, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath and Barry Conchie.  It is yet another step in the strengths dialogue.  This book reveals three key findings about leadership: (1) Know your strengths and invest in others’ strengths; (2) Get people with the right strengths on the team; and (3) Understand and meet the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

These types of lessons are not only good for professional relationships but also for personal relationships … strengthening families and maximizing friendships.  I try to be a positive person and pass along that positivity to all that I come into c0ntact with.  I believe that everyday I can make someone’s day.  If you know how people work, what they value, and what makes them tick making someone’s day becomes just a little bit easier.

So today’s the day – focus on people’s strengths, assign tasks to allow people to excel, value each unique individual, and watch the change in your world.

Today, I leave this blog post and share a poem that epitomizes my beliefs, The Optimist’s Creed by Christian D. Larson.

The Optimist Creed

I promise myself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness, & prosperity to every person I meet.
  • To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything & make my optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, & to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful expression at all times & give a smile to every living creature I meet.
  • To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, & too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
  • To think well of myself & to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
  • To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

I hope you can promise yourself the same thing.  Cheers! Until next time.

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