Examining our own life to identify our strengths doesn’t come naturally for most people. We’re too critical of ourselves.
The exercise here is valuable to your long term success because it’s a chance to see yourself compassionately and really recognize your strengths. And yet, few people take the time to do it.
Answer all the strengths finding questions in detail in the following exercises. I’ve found that it’s hard to remember to refer back to them. And yet, it’s vitally important that you do.
If you have trouble identifying your strengths, answering these questions in your journal will give you insight into what they might be. They also help draw your attention to when you’re able to get into a flow state, and thus truly utilize your strengths at work.
1. What do you like to do?
2. What activities make you feel fulfilled?
3. What brings positive energy into your life?
4. When are the times when you feel fully engaged, instead of just pretending to be or you are only partially engaged?
5. What are three things that you are passionate about?
6. What makes you feel passionate about the three items you listed above?
7. What do you feel is your true calling in life?
8. When in life do you play?
9. At what instances do you enjoy the ride instead of looking to reach your end goal?
10. When are you self-disciplined?
11. When are you creative?
12. Where do you feel at peace?
13. Where do you feel calm and productive?
14. When do you feel like you’re doing what you’re supposed to in life?
15. What activities make you feel completely absorbed?
16. When do you lose track of time?
17. What activities can you not wait to do again?
18. When do you deliver results seamlessly?
19. Which activities give you the feeling of clarity, calmness, creativity, and success?
20. What activities give you a sense of flow when you engage in them?
21. When does something happen fast and slow at the same time?
22. When do you experience the feeling of being in the “zone”?
23. What did you do as a child that you still do today, only probably better?
24. What activities excite you?
25. When do you feel like the “real you”?
26. What does your attention naturally focus on?
27. What have you learned quickly, catching on with minimal effort?
28. When do you feel motivated?
29. Which items do you want to put on your to-do list, but never seem to get there?
30. What are you looking forward to in the future?
After you finish, keep these answers in a folder or in a dedicated section of your journal that you’ll be able to find easily and refer back to in those self-critical times when you need to review your strengths (and focus less on your weaknesses). Use the answers to recognize your strengths, reassess how you work presently, and make a solid plan to use your strengths at work more effectively in future.
Are you eager to make big changes in your life & determined to become the best version of yourself?
And yet, maybe you feel stuck, and don’t know how to get there?
Click here to see The Hero’s Journey Guide I created to help people successfully navigate change and transform the transitions, trials & tribulations of life into an adventure.