Overview: Strengths Identification
So often we focus on our weaknesses, but people who focus on their strengths are happier and experience less stress. So it’s important to identify and acknowledge our mental, physical and social strengths and see them as key resources to draw on throughout every day. If you think of a rugby team, it’s a lot more useful for a player if they focus on the skills they need in their position – strength for a prop, speed for a winger and so on. It is also very easy to compare ourselves to others rather than focusing on our individual strengths and this often discourages us from using them as much as we should. So always play to YOUR strengths. Strengths are also things you can use to push yourself on because you know you are good at them. Sweating your strengths improves your performance and mental fitness.
Knowing our strengths means you will have a better understanding of how and when you are functioning at your best. Playing to your strengths means that you focus on what you are good at and, because you are more likely to succeed, you will feel more confident and have higher self-esteem.
Ask yourself whether you know what your strengths are and if you are playing to them daily.
Are your areas of focus really based around your strengths. To help you identify your strengths and positive attributes
- Look at the list of strengths provided. Try and identify your top three strengths.
- Ask yourself how much you are using these strengths on a day to day basis at home and/or at work
- Ask yourself if there are certain strengths you are not utilising?
Look to change how you use your strengths and start to utilise them more in your day to day life
List of Strengths:
Ability to see the bigger picture
Good Social Skills
Good communicator and listener
Responsible (ability to take ownership)
Ability to reflect