You have strengths and you need to be using them. Every day. In all that you do. This week I’m challenging you to do so.
Here we go….
- Still haven’t taken the time to figure out exactly what your strengths are? Use one or all of these methods to find out a little more about yourself. Keep in mind, this is NOT something you can ask of someone else – only you know what makes you feel strong so only you can do this work. Also, each of these looks at strengths from differing angles, so it’s not overkill to do them all.
- Navigate to www.authentichappiness.org and register for a free account. Once registered, check out the questionnaires and complete the VIA Survey of Character Strengths
- Take 30 minutes to yourself and fill in, as many times as you can, “I feel strong when I ____________.”
- Go out and buy one of the books that comes with a survey to help you discover your strengths – here are a few:
- Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham
- Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, PhD
- StandOut by Marcus Buckingham
- Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
- Find ways that you can use your strengths each day. I described how I do it in yesterday’s post. Of course, you can’t very effectively do this if you haven’t done the work in the first bullet. So go, get to it!
- As Danielle LaPorte suggests, find ways to do more of what you love each day. I will expand that and add: find ways to do more things that strengthen you each day. In time you’ll be doing more of what you love and what strengthens you and less of what you loathe and depletes you.
People who use their strengths are happier and more successful, more balanced and less stressed. All fantastic reasons to focus on that which makes you feel strong.