Truth and Myths of Strength-Based Performance

Knowing what your strengths are is one thing. Being deliberate about keeping them front and center is quite another.

Humans are highly vulnerable to distraction and fixation. We’re especially prone to those distractions that lock our focus on the silly business of rectifying weaknesses. We end up trapped in a cycle of repair work and disappointment when we could be accessing the potential in our strengths.

When we make our strengths viable, when we leverage them, we can maximize our experiences across our lifetime. By utilizing our strengths, we avoid becoming exhausted and drained, and we safeguard our vulnerabilities. Such is the life of an Everyday Badass—someone who honestly identifies strength and makes impactful contributions to further develop their very best self.

The strength-based movement I’m part of has been called a “performance management revolution,” and it’s alive and kicking. It received a significant boost in 2001 when Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., published Gallup’s research in the form of a book—Now, Discover Your Strengths (find on Amazon here). Today, related research and tools have multiplied. Buckingham recently published strength assessment tools in Standout 2.0, and Gallup offers its newest assessments in Strength-Finder 2.0 (find on Amazon here).


You can access the revolution by reading one of these books, watching The Truth About You video (on youtube here) and/or taking the related tests. These are all good ways to begin uncovering your strengths, but it’s only a start.

Truth and Myths of Strength-Based Performance

To maximize your strengths, you must continually accumulate and curate real-life experiences that hone your strengths.

Maximizing strength also requires a mindset. You’ll likely need to punch a few strength-based myths in the face and take action on a few strength-based truths.

The uncomfortable truth regarding strength-based theory is that no one else is responsible for applying the theory but you. You must be the one who dedicates time and energy to properly channel your strengths.

One place to begin is by doing your best work instead of the stuff that leaves you feeling weak.

Should you want additional support, consider working with the SoulSalt team for three months where we can guide you to identify, utilize and develop your strengths. Request a free discovery session today at