Strengths are natural capabilities and skills that each person has. When you use your strengths, you tend to feel energized. To identify your own strengths, you can take a character online test such as the VIA Character Strengths Survey. Or you can ask yourself these questions:
Be sure to focus on your strengths, rather than specific skills. For example, “running” isn’t a strength, but “discipline” is. You can do this by asking questions such as “What makes me good at running?” or “What about myself allowed me to be successful in this area?”
Take a moment to think about one of your personal strengths—for instance, creativity, perseverance, kindness, modesty, or curiosity. Consider how you could use this strength today in a new and different way. For example, if you choose the personal strength of perseverance, you might make a list of tasks that you have found challenging recently, then try to tackle each one of them.
Describe in writing the personal strength you plan to use today and how you are going to use it. Then, go ahead and do it—act on your strength as frequently as possible throughout the day.
Repeat the steps above every day for a week. You may use the same personal strength across multiple days or try using a new personal strength each day.
At the end of the week, write about the personal strengths that you focused on during the week and how you used them. Write in detail about what you did, how you felt, and what you learned from the experience.
Adapted from Greater Good in Action
It’s important to find new situations where you can continue to develop your strengths. Ask yourself these questions:
When you learn to spot strengths, you’ll begin seeing them everywhere. By learning to spot strengths in others, you’ll eventually start to notice your own strengths. Keep a strength-spotting journal. For one week, you can make a daily entry where you describe strengths you noticed in other people. Examples might include:
During the next week, use your strength spotting journal to document how you used your own strengths on a daily basis.
W(RAP) It Up: Create a plan to move forward.
You’ve learned how to use your strengths, which is important for resilience. Click on the link below, print it out and think about: what should you stop doing, continue doing, and start doing.
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