We've all got strengths although we might not always recognise them. One of the first things I do with my clients is ask them to list their strengths.
So often people find this task difficult. Why is it that we can so easily list the things we like about other people, but we find it difficult to do that for ourselves?
So I then frame the question in another way. What would your parents say your top three strengths are? What would your kids say your strengths are? What would your colleagues say? What would your friends say?
Before long there is a long list of amazing things because we've been able to view ourselves through somebody else's eyes.
Today's post is prompted by Denyse Whelan as she challenges fellow bloggers to list 10 things we like about ourselves.
As you read my list, I challenge you to make a list of your own. At the very least it helps us to recognise our skills, strengths and value. It helps us to feel good about ourselves.
No matter what our age, our background, our education or our economic situation, we've all got something special to offer the world. We've just got to believe in ourselves enough to work out what that is.
- Committed: I commit myself to people and projects. When I say I'm going to do something I do it. Which leads me to the next point ...
- Doer: There is no "gunna do" in my vocabulary. I'm a doer through and through. Like a laxative I get shit done. There is no might or maybe. It's either a yes or no.
- Supportive: As someone who is results driven I guess I like to see other people achieve results too. So I do what I can to help them get there.
- Cheerleader: I've enjoyed my life as a cheer coach and an active member of the Australian cheerleading community. But really I just love cheering people on. See point 3 above.
- Positive: Believe it or not I am naturally a worry wart. My first thoughts are usually to the worst case scenario and then I climb to the top of the positivity pile from there. The climb used to be long, but these days I get to the top very quickly. Mindset training changed the way I look at the world.
- Time management: Because I'm a committed, supportive doer, I pack a lot into each and every day, so time management is of the essence. It's one of my greatest strengths.
- Coordination and organisational skills: In all my roles I'm usually the one to project manage stuff. I guess my 15 years as an Executive Assistant equipped me in this regard.
- Dreamer: When I start a project I dream big. Huge! I believe that anything is possible so I aim high and then figure that by raising the bar I'll achieve good results regardless if the end dream comes true or not. "Aim for the moon, land in the stars."
- Family: Every point above is applied to my primary role as mum. The mum stuff always comes first. I love that my children are so easy to have around and that we're also good friends. Family also extends to my husband, parents, step-daughter, grand daughter, in-laws, cousins, aunts, friends, pets. I'll drop everything to be there for family.
- Reliable and Loyal: Points 1-9 make me a fairly reliable bet. I guess that's why I often get asked to help out. I need to learn to say "no" otherwise all my strengths listed above may also become my biggest weakness.
What are you strengths?
What do you like about yourself?
Do you find it hard to list the good stuff about yourself?
If so, I challenge you to write a list of strengths based on the way others see you.
We've all got something special to offer the world - especially you!
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