I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Like many people I hit a period of procrastination and lethargy and I gave in to it following a period of having a chest infection which knocked me out. I started focusing too much on the weaknesses that I have, the things I was doing wrong and that influenced how I felt day to day. Even though I’m a CBT therapist, it doesn’t mean that sometimes I fall prey to my own negative thoughts and beliefs. What it does mean is that eventually I understand what I’ve been doing and I use the tools under my belt to get me back on track. So, world, here I am again. Ready to refocus and look at my strengths! And luckily, an article came up in Psychology Today about why it’s so important to focus on your strengths. I’ll paraphrase below or you can check it out in full by clicking on this link.
1. It makes you happier – well, of course, when you focus on what you are good at, you are less likely to think about negative things
2. You experience less stress – by focusing on strengths, you will become more resilient and able to deal with any negative thoughts which would impact your stress levels
3. Have more energy – you are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle when you are positively focused (as someone who used to eat their emotions, this makes so much sense!)
4. Feel more satisfied with life – by looking at strengths, you will be a better problem solver and so be more okay with the outcomes
5. Faster development – when you focus on your strengths, you will develop new skills more quickly and easily
6. More creative – the feelings of authenticity that come with strengths focused work also increases creativity
7. More confident – you can look forward and push through mistakes more easily
8. Feel engaged and find meaning in work – when you are doing something that feeds your strengths, then you will also be feeding your inner drive
Need help to figure out your strengths? You can check out this free survey to figure out your strengths profile (you do have to register to do so)
I will share that my top five character strengths were: Forgiveness, Love, Kindness, Honesty & Fairness…which I do believe ‘clicks’ with the person that I am.