June: Build on your strengths

Heeey & happy 1st of June :),

we spend so much time in our lives working on our presumed weaknesses and trying to minimise them, however, this really takes a great deal of our energy. Working against something is always way more depleting than working for something. That’s why I want to encourage you to be aware of your strengths and make use of them.

VIA Character Strengths (Peterson & Seligman, 2004)

Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman developed the VIA (Values in Action) Character Strengths survey, which enables us to find our 24 signature strengths. They range from Leadership to Social Intelligence to Gratitude, etc. I want to encourage you to take the survey, because having done it by myself, it gave me such worthy insights. You can find it here: Free VIA survey

After having the results, go out and implement them. How can you connect your first three (or the other) strengths to your daily life? Are you maybe even already applying them? Is their perhaps something in your workplace that you could change to transform unrealised strengths into realised strengths? Using your strengths regularly has been found to significantly correlate with higher wellbeing and meaning in life.  For example, my first two strengths are Hope and Perspective. By sharing on my blog the positive expectations I have about the future that promote bravery as well as all the experiences I have been able to gain that have widen my horizon, I feel like I can make use of my strengths by sharing them with others, and eventually serve a greater good and that really contributes to my happiness.

Focus on your strengths rather than weaknesses and make use of your unique potential.
I believe that everyone of us is endlessly important in his individuality.

Lots of love ♥,

Kira

 

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