Answer the following:
- Your personality changes over the years, you have changed for the better, yes or no?
- You will grow the most at your weakest area, yes or no?
- A good team member gives in his or her all to help the other members, yes or no?
If you agree to all three questions above, you are succumbing yourself to the three foremost myths about yourself!
Jim Rohn once said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job”. When you are unable to achieve something, what’s stopping you is none other than yourself. What you believe affects your behaviour and eventually your action.
Myth No. 1 – As You Grow, Your Personality Changes
66 percent of us believe this to be true. The truth is AS YOU GROW, YOU BECOME MORE OF WHO YOU ALREADY ARE. Our behaviour changes according to situation, skills develop overtime, but our core personality remains the same throughout our whole life. Most people find it comforting knowing that we can change. The main focus is to put your strengths to work, knowing your personality, your goal should be agree up and focus on the forces that are already there.
Myth No. 2 – You Will Grow the Most in Your Areas of Greatest Weakness
61 percent believe this to be true. It’s not about ignoring weaknesses. You will learn and grow the LEAST in your areas of weakness. Truth is YOU WILL GROW THE MOST IN YOUR AREAS OF GREATEST STRENGTH.
You will be at the peak of your creative powers in your areas of strength, you will bounce back faster at what you are good at.
Question: Why won’t you grow in the area of weakness?
It is in our biological system – The Brain finds it easier to create new synaptic connections in those areas of your brain where you have abundant synaptic connections, thus you grow the most where you are already strong. Your 2nd system will push you to seek out situations where you can play your strengths because these repeated behaviours develop your strength further, all in the name of survival. The more competitive you are, the higher chance of survival!
Myth No. 3 – A Good Team Member Does Whatever It Takes to Help the Team
91 percent agreed to this statement. There’s a common saying, there’s no “I” in team. Truth is A GOOD TEAM MEMBER DELIBERATELY VOLUNTEERS HIS OR HER STRENGTHS TO THE TEAM MOST OF THE TIME. Each individual has their own strengths. An effective, well rounded team has individuals that play their strengths to the maximum.
Just like a football team, each member plays their role according to their strengths.
Now that the Myths are busted, most of you would strongly feel discomfort with the naked truth. But the truth is never easy to swallow. Once accepted, you will realize how easy it was to excel from there on.
With reference to the book “Go Put Your Strengths to Work” by Marcus Buckingham.