Strengths: Discover the Positive You
“A particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that enables optimal performance which is both authentic and energising.”
Do you know what your strengths are? Your strengths are you at your best, your assets. Your greatest potential for growth comes from focusing on your strengths rather than fixing your weaknesses. They are the key to helping you flourish and the inner resources to draw on to help you bounce back from adversity. It’s a win: win with strengths as they fortify you in your professional and personal life.
- At work people who find ways of using their strengths perform better and have higher levels of engagement.
- You can leverage your strengths to help you achieve your goals.
- Using your strengths raises your well-being and builds your resilience.
- Thinking about a career? If you don’t know what to choose, look to your strengths for clues.
- At a crossroads in life? Such as maternity leave, redundancy or retirement. Your strengths will point you in a positive direction.
There are two types of strengths.
1. Personality strengths or character strengths. These are your positive characteristics, your strengths in life, such as courage, perseverance, optimism and kindness.
2. Performance strengths or talents. These are the natural abilities that enhance your performance at work such as being a good strategist, brilliant at number-crunching or an engaging communicator.
Why play to your strengths:
- Insight & perspective
- Energy & vitality
- Protects mental health
- Employee engagementPositive direction
We offer strengths workshops where you can discover your strengths, explore how to use your strengths and then apply them for a positive future. We use one of the well-known strengths tests such as the VIA or Strengths Profile . Positive psychology coaching is based on the strengths approach – leveraging your strengths to achieve goals.
“He didn’t realise his own strength” doesn’t only apply to the comic character Desperate Dan. Most people, when asked, will probably find it difficult to identify clearly their strengths and then comprehensively analyse them and put them to better use, without help. Miriam’s strength as an experienced coach is to listen and understand. She then encourages you to see clearly what she observes, guiding you to a better understanding and confidence in using all your strengths. “I didn’t realise that I am good at…” is a typically useful reaction to working with her. I wish I’d known years ago more about applying positively what I now realise are a unique combination of strengths. But it’s never too soon to learn. I recommend you talk to her and find out for yourself.” Charles, Surrey.
Our strengths workshops are tailored to suit the needs of the organisation. If you want to find out more about using the strengths approach, please join one of the open courses – the Positive Psychology Masterclass or the online Positive Psychology Foundations.