You may struggle to see them sometimes, but we all have strengths and inner resources that we can use to navigate life and work with more confidence.
Positive Psychology research findings demonstrate that you are happiest in your career when utilizing your signature strengths. You can understand them as the positive parts of your personality that make you feel authentic and engaged.
Keep reading to discover how exploring and knowing yourself from a more compassionate and mindful perspective might serve you and lead to connecting with your inner resources.
Sometimes in our lives, we feel discouraged, unable to succeed, or overwhelmed by the daily challenges. Research shows that, during such times, discovering and applying your strengths mindfully could be a good starting point to;
It is not enough to be aware of your talents. You also need to understand your capabilities’ potential and learn to use them in different contexts of your life. When you manage to mix these processes, you can evoke feelings of competence and win against that famous impostor syndrome.
Among the benefits of highlighting and using your strengths are the following:
Perhaps you didn’t have people supporting your successes as a child. Maybe you felt overwhelmed around people who seem to succeed in life more quickly than you. The goal here is to understand that not everyone can do what you do, even though your mind sometimes gets so fixated on it.
Organizing a work after-party, for example. It may be effortless for some, but for others, it could feel like hiking Mount Everest. There are so many unnoticed skills behind this apparently simple task. Are you aware of them? Would you feel confident you could do it? Whatever your answer is, you may want to ask yourself why to help you bring out your own visible and not-visible capabilities.
The second reason you may have issues bringing your capabilities to the surface is confusing humbleness with underestimation.
You were probably taught since childhood that being humble is imperative. But what these people in your life referred to, most likely, was that being arrogant is a negative personality trait, and somewhere on the road, you adopted underestimation instead humbleness.
If you are a perfectionist facing a lot of self-critical thoughts, switching to a self-compassionate mindset may support you in building confidence objectively. Self-compassion is the capacity to approach one’s failures and sufferings with the kindness and love you approach others.
Dr. Kristin Neff from Texas University has defined three main elements of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Would you like to incorporate them into your life?
Let’s do a short exercise. When was the last time you solved a problem or helped someone do so? What did they appreciate from you?
Don’t take your strengths and talents for granted. For example, fixing a bike reflexes your problem-solving skills (at work and in life). Having the empathy to listen and offer loving advice can be perceived as easy for you, and even if it comes out naturally, why do you insist on diminishing this trait?
According to Hill, 2000, top achievers fully develop their talents into strengths and invent ways to apply their strengths to their everyday tasks. What are you doing today to turn a skill into a strength?
Make a list of things you do right, or something that comes naturally from you. Positive things people have said about you in the past can give you hints of these traits. Like being a good listener, approaching problems with an optimistic mindset, or being creative when problems arise.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within you. Feel inspired to identify your talents and strengths yet?
No matter what kind of challenges, difficulties, or painful situations you go through in your life. We all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them. The strength-based approach allows people to see themselves at their best to see their value. It then allows a person to move that value forward and capitalize on their strengths while fulfilling their authenticity. Two things that will help them thrive in this volatile and competitive world.