Check out these activities and self-reflection questions to better understand your unique strengths.
Strengths can include knowledge, traits, skills, and talents. When we know our strengths, we can more easily see how we are different from others and how others see us. To start finding your strengths, consider asking yourself some of the following questions.
Why It's Good to Know Your Strengths
1. It can increase self-awareness
By spending some time thinking about your strengths and weaknesses, you might get to know new things about yourself.
2. It can help you like yourself more
Thinking about our strengths can help us focus more on the positive aspects of ourselves (Proyer, Gander, Wellenzohn, & Ruch, 2015).
3. It can help you boost happiness
One study showed that when people used a personal strength each day for one week, they showed an increase in happiness. That increase in happiness persisted six months later (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005).
Strength Finding Exercises
1. Imagine your best possible self
Take a moment now to imagine the best possible version of yourself in the future (Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2006). Try to be as specific as possible. Ask yourself, who would you be? What would be your strengths and how would you be using them? Where would you be? What would you be doing?
2. Reflect on your strengths
Once you know some of your strengths, reflect on how these strengths affect your life. What are the positive impacts of these strengths on your life? And how do your strengths benefit others? Think through what it means to have these strengths.
3. Build your strengths
It’s not a bad idea to work on our weaknesses, but we can also work on our strengths to turn them into “super strengths”. So, think about how you could get even better at one of your strengths. Might you practice using your strength more often? Might you seek out feedback from others on how to improve this strength? Or might you use this strength in new situations?
4. Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey
Pamela (Pami) Parker currently serves as a holistic practitioner, coach and teacher. Her intention is to be a compassionate guide to those who choose to experience a healthier, happier and more peaceful way of life.