Wellbeing Life Hacks

Life Hack #42: Train the Strength Response

If you want to improve something, do you focus on the weakness or on the strengths?

Our natural tendency is to focus on the negatives in most situations. And while this has an evolutionary advantage in order to escape threats, this bias often isn’t helpful and can hurt us.

Research shows that for most things in our lives, we operate better from a position of strength. Now, this doesn’t mean putting on rose colored glasses or ignoring issues, it simply means that there’s power in noticing the strengths people bring to the table. In any situation where we want to feel valued, connected, and productive, training the strengths response can pay off in huge ways.

For example, one research of adult workers found that focusing on improving existing strengths resulted in higher productivity, where focusing on fixing weaknesses actually decreased work performance.

What’s the lesson?

Train the strength response!
In your daily encounters and tasks, notice and appreciate the strengths resulted in higher productivity, where focusing on fixing weaknesses actually decreased work performance.
What’s the lesson?

Train the strengths response!
In your daily encounters and tasks, notice and appreciate the strengths you and others are demonstrating.

This can be challenging, but the benefits are worth it!

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