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Do you know your strengths?

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Do you know what your strengths are? How can you discover them? You can find a lot of different websites about how to find out what your strengths are – and some are helpful. But: you also know it yourself what you are good at and how specific activities make you feel: do they energize you or drain you?

What is a strength?

I found a good explanation in this book: „Go put your strengths to work, 6 powerful steps to achieve outstanding performance“ Marcus Buckingham.“

Here I am going to summarize from Page 90:

What does a strength look like?

  • It looks like consistent, near-perfect performance

Which three ingredients combine to create a strength?

  • 1. Talents: Because you are so close to your own talents, they are most effectively measured by personality profiles such as the Clifton StrengthsFinder, Myers-Briggs, and the Kolbe Conative Index. Talents are innate.
  • 2. Skills: Skills are learned.
  • 3. Knowledge: Knowledge is learned.

What does one of your strengths actually feel like to you?

  • When you do it, you feel effective – the S of SIGN (if you read further I explain SIGN)
  • Before you do it, you actively look forward to it – the I of SIGN
  • While you are doing it, you feel inquisite and focused – the G of SIGN
  • After you’ve done it, you feel fulfilled and authentic – the N of SIGN.

If you want to identify your own strengths, „pay close attention to how specific activities make you feel. Your feelings reveal your strengths.“ (P.90)

You can look for signs. The book explains four signs of a strength.

I will summarize the four sings of a strengths (Page 76-116).

SIGNs (S= Success, I= Instinct, G= Growth, N= Needs)

You can pick a strength that you think you have, e.g. you are good at presenting a topic to a group of people, you empathize with people, you are good at communicating, etc.

Now rate on a scale from 1-5 if you agree or disagree to following statements (1= strongly disagree, 5= strongly agree)

S (= Sucess)

  1. I have been tremendously successful at this type of activity
  2. Other people often tell me I have a gift for this type of activity
  3. I have been given prizes or recognition for doing this type of activity

I (= Instict)

  1. I do this type of activity every day
  2. I often find myself volunteering for this type of activity
  3. This type of activity is a „gut reaction“ to me

G (= Growth)

  1. I pick up this type of activity quickly
  2. I find myself thinking about this type of acivity every day
  3. I can’t wait to learn new techniques for doing this activity

N (= Needs)

  1. I always look forward to doing this type of activity
  2. It’s fun for me to think back to when I was doing this type of activity
  3. Doing this type of activity is one of my greatest personal satisfactions

Scores:

53 and above: a true strength

46-52: it depends which questions brought down the score. If you rated the first 3 questions low, while the I, G, and N questions got high marks, it is a sign that this is indeed a strength but one that you have yet to apply affectively. Stay focused on this activity, discipline yourself to seek out the necessary skills and knowledge, keep practicing, and quite soon you should see your performance start to get attention.

If your answers to question 4 through twelve pulled down the score, then the chances are that it is not a strength. It lacks the urgency and the extreme positive reactions so characteristic of a strength.

46 and below: it is highly unlikely to be a strength.

??? What is one of your strengths??? What energizes you??? How did you discover that it is your strength? What do your closest friends say what your strengths are???

Book: „Go put your strengths to work, 6 powerful steps to achieve outstanding performance“ Marcus Buckingham.

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How to discover your dream

Did you think already of some childhood memories, of some childhood dreams?

Did your dream or some of your dreams come true already? If yes, why? If no, why not?

What could block your dreams?

For example fear, living someone elses dream, chasing money or prestige, laziness, habitualness, excuses (no time, too old, no money, etc.). I am sure you come up with many more dream “blockers”. What did block YOUR dreams so far?

????Ask yourself this question????

If money and time wouldn’t be an issue: what would your life look like, what would your dream job look like?

What action steps could you take right now?

Think about the following:

 What are your dreams?
Decide, that you want to uncover your dreams, that you want to live a life full of purpose and doing something you love.
Start noticing the things that excite you.

 What lights you up?
What interests you? What do you read? What are the things that you are naturally drawn to? About what topics can you talk for hours and hours? What activities make you feel energized?

 What makes your life too busy?
Many people don’t know much about their passions because they are too busy. If your life is too busy with work, family, chores, obligations or endless to do lists you will have difficulties finding the time to explore your passions.

Some people struggle to work it out for themselves. They find it helpful to work on these questions with a life coach. If you need help in this I would be happy to be your coach! Just ask!

No matter how you do it – by youself or with a life coach: Do it!

My experience:

During the last years I always talked about this topic with my sister! We are both interested in finding out our passion, personality, our dreams. She is a great help for me and we both ask each other questions about our life. It helps me a lot not to work it out by myself but having a person who asks me the right questions.

The last year I also had a life caoch who helped me to think about different aspects of reaching my dreams.

I would be happy to hear from you. What action steps did you take already to reach your dreams?

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