Just imagine you call the fire department because your house is burning. They arrive with flaring sirens, jump out, put on their gear, go find all the water hydrants and then start reading “The Dummy’s Guide to Fire Fighting”.
Ridiculous timing right? Yet we do it all the time in our own life: we go to marriage counselors when we can’t communicate with our partners anymore and we see the doctor when we are too depressed to face work each day. If you are in a situation where you feel you can’t go on like you have and you are considering strengths as a way out I can tell you right now, that it’s not a great moment to start on your strengths journey. I am serious: working with strengths is too valuable to be squandered. Strengths have the potential to change your life for the better. However not if you try to learn about it for one and two hours and then try to apply it to the very issue that you didn’t manage to solve for weeks, months or even years. Focus on getting better first, on getting to a place, where you can invest a bit of mental energy.
The trick is to engage with strengths before something serious happens. If your life is going well and you feel you don’t have to change anything, that is precisely the best moment to work on exploring your strengths. Think about the fire fighters: they keep their skills sharp whenever there is no fire to put out. When something is burning they are not learning new stuff: they are implementing all they have learned already.