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Signature Strengths

What's your?

What is your super power?

When I talk about super power I am not talking about having the ability to fly, although it would be nice? 

Especially if your one off the people who has to endure the tube every day.

I am talking about your signature strength**.

It could be your kindness, creativity, integrity optimism or humour. (To name just a few there are many more)

When I work with young people I ask them what are your strengths and they draw a blank.  

To be honest if I asked you what would you say?  

Would it come to you straight away?  

Surveys asking people to name their strengths have found that one-third can readily do so.

Here is the thing, the way to a contented life is by focusing on happiness, health, wellbeing and fulfilment.  

How you do this is?

By playing on your unique strengths rather than giving yourself a hard time about your failings.

My invitation to you today turn your negativity on it's head. Let's celebrate being positive!

The importance of getting in touch with our unique strengths has been proven time and time again.  

Once you become aware of your attributes, you can apply them to your life on a daily basis and make better choices, leading to greater levels of life satisfaction and happiness.

Do you know your signature strengths?  

Need a helping hand?

In the following, you’ll find Martin Seligman’s 24 signature strengths. When you consider the various signature strengths, take note of the ones where you immediately think, ‘Yep, that’s me!’.

Which description in the following list fits the real You?

 

1. Love of Learning

 

You love learning new things, whether you are in a class or on your own. You find opportunities to learn wherever you go and what ever you do.

 

2. Bravery(valor)

 

You don’t shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if you encounter opposition and act on convictions even if they are unpopular.

 

3. Vitality (zest, enthusiasm, vigor, energy)

 

You approach life with zest, enthusiasm, and energy – For you, life is an adventure.

 

4. Leadership

 

You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included.

 

5. Appreciation of beauty and excellence (awe, wonder, elevation)

You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and skilled performance in all domains of life.

 

6. Humor (playfulness)

 

You like to laugh and tease. You try to see the light side of all situations.

 

7. Creativity (originality, ingenuity)

 

Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

 

8. Curiosity (interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience)

 

You take an interest in all of ongoing experience for its own sake. You find subjects and topics fascinating, and love exploring and discovering.

 

9. Open-mindedness (judgment, critical thinking)

 

You tend to think things through and examine them from all sides. You don’t jump to conclusions and are able to change your mind in light of evidence.

 

10. Perspective (wisdom)

 

You are able to provide wise counsel to others. You have ways of looking at the world that make sense to yourself and to other people.

 

11. Persistence (perseverance, industriousness)

You work hard to finish what you start. No matter what the project is, you get it done in time.

 

12. Integrity [authenticity, honesty]

 

You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way.

 

13. Love

 

You value close relations with others. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

 

14. Kindness (generosity, nurturance, care, compassion, altruistic love, “niceness”)

 

You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favour.

 

15. Social Intelligence (emotional intelligence, personal intelligence)

 

You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.

 

16. Fairness

 

Treating all people fairly is one of your most important principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people.

 

17. Gratitude

 

You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. You always take the time to express your thanks.

 

18. Hope [optimism, future-mindedness, future orientation]

 

You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

 

19. Spirituality [religiousness, faith, purpose]

 

You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe.

 

20. Forgiveness and mercy

 

You forgive those who have done you wrong. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

 

21. Self-regulation[self-control]

 

You regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person.

 

22. Citizenship [social responsibility, loyalty, teamwork]

 

You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate.

 

23. Humility/Modesty

 

You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special.

 

24. Prudence

 

You are a careful person. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

Try this:

  1. Take a look at the 24 signature strengths.  Create a list from these of the top five that make you think ‘That’s me!’

2. Whatever your top five try to use one or more of them each day. Each time you’ve put you strength into action, write down how happy it makes you feel, on a scale of one to 10, one being not at all, 10 being very.

3. As a long-term project, think about your signature strengths in relation to the aspects of your life that might like to change.

My client Ayesha’s strength is creativity.  She soon discovered that she loved to think outside of the box, what was making her unhappy was being in a job where she just did not have the opportunity to tap into that creativity.

She challenged herself and studied a graphic design course which she loved.

She is now looking for work that will draw on her signature strength.

It’s over to you let me know how you are showing off your strengths.

 

I love hearing from you. Please do let me know how you are getting on. Share your super strength with me. Post it on my face book page let's share the love.

Until next time

Wajeeha

ps. if you want to find out more about the study look up ** Peterson & Seligman VIA Survey 2004

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