THE SOURCE OF YOUR TALENT
They are where the source of your talent lies.
They encompass skills and tasks that come to you naturally and sometimes effortlessly.
Perhaps you are an excellent public speaker or fantastic storyteller, you may be exceptional in problem-solving or critical thinking. You may be an excellent cook or party planner. We all have something that we are inherently good at as individuals that we can leverage in our personal lives or even use to build a career, a business and enhance our relationships.
Experts encourage us to build on our strengths and parlay them into something bigger. Our strengths empower us to set and achieve goals necessary for us to succeed in life whether professionally or personally.
PREVENTING YOUR PERSONAL BEST
They are the things we are not good at or do not hold our interest. In fact, you may find that you have huge resistance around these things and avoid performing these tasks, taking on these duties or having the hard conversations about these topics.
HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS, GIFTS & TALENTS
My favorite free character strengths identification tool is the VIA Strengths Survey, which can provide a degree of insight into your character strengths.
You can always identify your strengths, gifts and talents the old-fashioned way and create a list of all your strengths. Here are some ways you can uncover your strengths, gifts and talents:
*Notice what it is you enjoy or do well
*Notice what people love about you
*Take note of your accomplishments
*Notice the facets of your character and personality
*Notice what it is you are doing when time seems to stand still
*Notice how you express yourself creatively
*Notice what you do with family and friends
*Notice ways you take care of yourself
*Notice what it is you are doing when you forget about everything else
*Notice what you are creating in your career or business
*Notice your ‘je ne sais quoi’
*Ask a friend
Knowing your strengths sets you up to make plans that allow you to define your vision, set goals, establish a plan of action, and take charge of your personal growth. Knowing your strengths, gifts and talents can guide you in identifying the situations within which you thrive or struggle.