Many people believe the best way to achieve success is to focus on eliminating weaknesses and limitations. But a better strategy is to put your strengths to work.

Recognizing and exercising your strengths can better equip you to meet life’s challenges. It can even increase your happiness and reduce depression. We all have skills that make us feel powerful and engaged. The key is finding ways to use these skills. Once you start focusing exclusively on your strengths, you’ll begin finding new ways to unleash your potential.

Nurturing your strengths and put them to use is essential. Reflecting on your strengths can help remind you of important positive qualities, build confidence and self-esteem, and increase happiness. And applying them in new and different ways can reveal how useful they are in a range of contexts.

Take a moment to think about one of your personal strengths, such as creativity, perseverance, kindness, modesty or curiosity. Consider how you might use this strength today in a new and different way. For example, if one of your strengths is perseverance, you might make a list of challenging tasks and try to tackle each of them. If you chose curiosity, you might attempt a new activity.

Look for ways to spend more time using your strengths and less time worrying about your weaknesses. Building your strengths, and using them on a regular basis, will allow you to successfully achieve your goals in life.