“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Tao Te Ching
What do a real-estate agent, advertising exec, medical student, B&B owner, teacher, development consultant and non-profit professional have in common? They’re all roles that at some point in my adult life I’ve assumed. Each has taught me something valuable and helped me make the most of my life at a particular moment. As my sister, a Navy wife, says, “Grow where you’re planted!” Aphorisms aside, how does one do this? Or, as a newly-divorced, single-mom friend asked me, “How do I reinvent myself?”
Most of us will come to a transition point: a change in location, family situation, or career opportunity. Perhaps we want to to take an interest/hobby to a new level. I’ve found this process goes more smoothly and produces better results if you know your strengths and use them in this new endeavor. But how do you go about this?
Several years ago, I became intrigued with Dr. Martin Seligman‘s positive psychology theory. I took his VIA Survey of Character Strengths which helped me identify key positive character traits. (This is not to be confused with the Myers-Briggs test, also helpful, which identifies personality styles.)
The VIA Classification System’s goal is to identify what’s best about us and how we use those optimal characteristics to build our best lives. Why is this important? Well, research shows people enjoy their work and life more when they are using their strengths.
So, are you ready to find out what your unique strengths are and put them in action? If so, click here. Please let me hear back from you once you’ve taken the survey to share what you found! If you’re already using your unique strengths, please share how it’s going!
- Positive Psychology and Life (berfulogia.wordpress.com)
- Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment (2002) Martin Seligman (themoodybookshelf.wordpress.com)
- Flourish: Radical Insight from the Father of Positive Psychology (brainpickings.org)