How did you get on looking at your own strengths? Did you use the on-line questionnaire or did you work out your own labels? Did you rely on your own analysis or did you ask for feedback from others?
All of these questions give you further clues about how you understand and recognise your own strengths.
I decided to do the on-line questionnaire again. Most of my strengths came out in a very similar order and did make sense to me. My top five are:
- Capacity to love and be loved.
- Love of learning
- Hope, optimism and future mindedness
- Perspective (wisdom)
- Appreciation of beauty and excellence
For me the development of the capacity to love and be loved has been very much a learning curve. This is something I found challenging before I began my personal development journey over twenty years ago. I was distrustful of others and often found myself drawn to people who were unhealthy for me.
It is a great comfort to me to know that now I have the ability to recognise the people who truly do love me and I am able to express my love in a healthy, positive way. I find that leading workshops gives me a sense of that expression to a wider audience than I ever expected. For me it is important when my students make personal breakthroughs.
Strengths two and five are no surprise at all and if you have been following my blog you probably know this about me already. Strengths three and four also support my own sense of self and my life purpose. I get great joy from helping others connect to hope and optimism. Helping people recognise that there is power in enjoying and appreciating now and being future minded aligns with my life mission.
Our past does not equal our future, if we learn the lessons, let go of the pain and acknowledge our strengths we have the power to unlock our potential.
What are your top five strengths? How do they help you in aligning to your life purpose?
Do let me know.