I hope that all of my readers had a very happy holiday. In keeping with tradition, a dear friend and I went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s holiday performance of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”. The phenomenal music, vocals and amazing special effects told a story about the meaning of the holidays. A couple of lines from the show reinforced how important it is to identify your strengths and use them to the best of your ability.
“If you try real hard, you’ll get somewhere.” is so true whether you are studying night and day to earn a degree, interviewing for a job or working toward a promotion. Sure, some tasks or assignments are a real chore to complete. You may be a bit nervous before that interview or presentation. But, keep in mind that your efforts are well worth it if you are striving to accomplish something that is important to you. If you are passionate about what you are doing, your natural strengths will come through for you. If you’re not quite sure what your true strengths are, taking an interest inventory or a personality assessment like the MBTI will help. Your unique personality type has a definite impact on your interests and abilities.
Another line from the show that struck me was: “It’s never too late to begin”. I thought of my family doctor. The man who was once a paramedic during the 1970s and 80s, was by my side during a few trips to the hospital in the rescue. Now, he is my physician. As a married father, he enrolled in medical school and is now an osteopathic physician. This is an example of how the core strengths that come from your personality type continue to develop. Make 2016 the year to discover your strengths and find a career or an area or study that’s ideal for you!