It's Time To Take Inventory... What Will You Be Counting?
Each day many of us look at ourselves and make a mental note of how we are doing. Sometimes we acknowledge our strengths. More often than not, we make note of our weaknesses. Then when something goes wrong, we shine a light on it, beat ourselves up, magnify the error and really call it out!!! Then it gets worse. We confirm our weakness by stuffing it in our hall of shame to forever be remembered.
Ugh! Imagine what this does to our self- confidence. Was the imperfection really that bad? Did that one wrong doing overshadow all that went well? Did we even look at our strengths, celebrations and what we brought to the table?
Think of those around us. Is it fair to be more accepting of their shortcomings than of our own? Why do we celebrate their strengths and ignore their weaknesses but not ours? Why are we so tough on ourselves?
How about we take inventory and this time, make a list of what we – and others - do well and where our strengths lie? We don’t have to be living in the hall of shame. We can be shining the light on what is done well and celebrate as we grow our hall of fame. Imagine… staying in the bliss of your hall of fame!
Learn Your Strengths -free survey! Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant, positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:
· Buffer against, manage and overcome problems
· Improve your relationships
· Enhance health and overall well-being
Team Exercise Ask your team to take the VIA Character Strengths survey above and bring their results to the next meeting for discussion.
· Have the group try to guess what each other's top 3 strengths were before revealing their results. Were there surprises? Which profiles were spot-on?
· When a member's strengths differ from your perceptions do you now view them in a different light? Can you think of ways to use their strengths in the workplace that you might not have thought of before?
Moving forward, how can you use this information to further build your team? Have you assembled a team with varied or similar strengths? What characteristics could you be looking for in your next member?
Amplifying what is great within you will accelerate your life faster than fixing what you think ‘limits’ you. – Brendon Burchard