We spend so much time focused on our shortcomings and what we want to improve, that we don’t give ourselves credit for or celebrate our strengths. So, I invite you set aside some quiet, reflection time (15-30 minutes) to list your inventory of skills (not just the work-related ones).
List at least 10. If you have 30 or 50, that’s even better. There is nothing too small. Use these questions to help you get started. Write in bullet form and don’t sensor yourself. No one else has to know about the list…so brag a little, take credit, and be proud.
- What are you good at?
- What do others come to you for?
- What abilities do you get compliments about?
Some examples might be: learning quickly, making everyone feel at ease, throwing parties, public speaking, reading people, explaining complex ideas, etc.
Once you have your list, take two more steps. First, take time to enjoy the positive feelings. We are often so busy beating ourselves up for what we can’t and don’t do, that we forget to praise ourselves for all that we do and can do. It’s a good self-esteem boost to remind ourselves of our strengths and accomplishments on a regular basis.
Second, think about how you can leverage those strengths in the various areas of your life. How can you use those skills to improve your relationships, profits, financial security, career, peace of mind, etc.? This way of thinking is counter to our usual approach which is: “how do I overcome my weaknesses?” When you play to your strengths, you’ll find that you:
- don’t have to work as hard
- are more efficient and effective
- you accomplish amazing things effortlessly
- you have more energy
- you’ll be having fun
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