What are your strengths?
Chances are, you’ve been asked that question at one point or another in your life. Maybe you didn’t have an answer at the time. Maybe you still don’t. That’s okay. For many, myself included, looking within yourself to discover your personal strengths can be hard. Daunting, even. However, trust me when I tell you that doing so may be one of the most worthwhile things you will ever do. Here’s why.
Knowing your strengths is rewarding. It means performing at your personal best and unlocking your full potential. Not to mention, science has proven that discovering your strengths and using them makes you happier, more confident and more fulfilled. The best part for professionals? All of this holds especially true in a career context.
Workplace Warriors know what they are good at and capitalize on it. Personal strengths are our keys to success. The fastest way to reach your career goals is by identifying, capturing and cultivating personal strengths. Figuring out what you do best and leveraging it is the essence of the business world. In fact, it’s called competitive advantage and you have one. You just might not know what it is yet. But, I have a feeling that you want to so read on…
Ready to begin uncovering your strengths, Warriors? Here are a few ideas to get you started on this journey of self-discovery.
1. Listen to your Emotions
It is amazing how much our emotions can tell us. By simply listening to our feelings, we can learn so much about ourselves. I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions and focus on your positive and negative energy. Don’t be afraid to respond honestly! What the answers reveal might surprise you.
- What am I doing when I am the happiest?
- What interests me?
- What tasks do I accomplish with ease?
- What activities make me feel energized?
- When do I feel most engaged and almost forget the world around me?
- When do I feel like the best, most authentic version of me?
2. Talk to Others
This one is simple. Talk to the people that know you best. It can be difficult to uncover our own strengths. We sometimes wear rose-colored glasses when investigating ourselves and confuse the things we ARE good at with the things we WANT to be good at. Other times, we have blinders on failing to see the strengths we do possess. Your friends, family and coworkers will be able to point out strengths that you didn’t even realize you had. See yourself through the eyes of others and a whole new world opens up!
3. Think about your Childhood Hobbies
What do you remember doing most as a child? The things we were drawn to as children often indicated a hidden strength. A hidden strength that, whatever it was, we are often even better at now. Think about the questions below.
- What were my hobbies as a child?
- What kind of toys did I like?
- What was my favorite subject in school?
Were you a vivacious reader? One of your strengths might be your love for learning. Was your favorite toy a puzzle? Perhaps your strengths lie in overcoming challenges and problem-solving abilities. Did you enjoy English and debate? Maybe your strengths are your communication skills and your firm beliefs. The past can reveal so much about the present.
4. Explore your Dreams
Your passions and dreams can also point to your strengths. We want to do things for a reason. Usually because it speaks to us or we see ourselves excelling at it. So ask yourself, “what is my dream and why?” You’ll be surprised. This one really works.
I firmly believe in the power of identifying personal strengths and I genuinely hope that this learning process helps you to view yourself as all that you are – talented, smart, beautiful and strong.
I’d love to hear from you. Tell me what makes you Warrior strong!
Hugs and love,