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Discovering your strengths

We all have strengths and limitations. We need to celebrate our strengths and either work on or accept our limitations. Many of us spend a lot of time lamenting our limitations but not enough time to discover and use our strengths. Let me help you discover your strengths and then you can use them to reach your goals.

Instructions:
a. Look through the list and check off the strengths that apply to you. (Be kind to yourself!)
b. Ask your trusted friends / family members to look through the same list and circle the ones that may apply to you

¨ Adventurous
¨ Analytical
¨ Articulate
¨ Artistic
¨ Athletic
¨ Attentive to details
¨ Carefree
¨ Caring
¨ Cautious
¨ Change agent
¨ Charismatic
¨ Committed
¨ Compassionate
¨ Confident
¨ Cooperative
¨ Counselling
¨ Courageous
¨ Creative
¨ Critical Thinking
¨ Curiosity
¨ Deal maker
¨ Decisive
¨ Dedicated
¨ Delegate
¨ Diligence
¨ Diplomatic
¨ Easy going
¨ Efficient
¨ Empathetic
¨ Energetic
¨ Enthusiastic
¨ Establish good rapport
¨ Faithful
¨ Flexible
¨ Focused
¨ Forgiving
¨ Friendly
¨ Generous
¨ Global perspectives
¨ Goal oriented
¨ Good cook
¨ Good in computer
¨ Good in geography
¨ Good in history
¨ Good in Languages
¨ Good in math
¨ Good in science
¨ Good in sports _____________
¨ Good interpersonal skills
¨ Good listener
¨ Good physical features _____________
¨ Good teacher
¨ Good with animals
¨ Good with children
¨ Good with plants
¨ Good with special need people
¨ Gratitude
¨ Handy
¨ Hard worker
¨ Healthy
¨ Humility
¨ Humour
¨ Identify alternatives
¨ Imaginative
¨ Innovative
¨ Inspire cooperation
¨ Integrity
¨ Intelligence
¨ Interested in Learning
¨ Intuitive
¨ Kind
¨ Knowledgeable
¨ Leadership
¨ Leads by example
¨ Level headed
¨ Live simply
¨ Logical
¨ Love justice
¨ Loyal
¨ Manage finances
¨ Manage one’s emotions
¨ Mechanically skilled
¨ Merciful
¨ Meticulous
¨ Military training
¨ Modesty
¨ Motivate
¨ Motivator
¨ Musical
¨ Negotiate
¨ Observant
¨ Open minded
¨ Optimism
¨ Original
¨ Outgoing
¨ Passionate
¨ Patient
¨ Peaceful
¨ People oriented
¨ Perseverance
¨ Persuasive
¨ Physically Fit
¨ Planner
¨ Playful
¨ Practical
¨ Prioritize
¨ Problem solver
¨ Prudence
¨ Public speaking
¨ Punctual
¨ Purposeful
¨ Quick in sizing up a situation
¨ Relaxed
¨ Research skills
¨ Resourceful
¨ Responsible
¨ Righteous
¨ See various perspectives
¨ Self-aware
¨ Self-Control
¨ Sense of humor
¨ Sense of priorities
¨ Sensitive
¨ Show discretion
¨ Simplify difficult things
¨ Social Intelligence
¨ Sound Judgement
¨ Speaking abilities
¨ Spirited
¨ Spiritual
¨ Spontaneous
¨ Strategist
¨ Street smart
¨ Strong
¨ Take initiative
¨ Task oriented
¨ Teaching
¨ Team player
¨ Technical competence
¨ Trouble-shooter
¨ Well read
¨ Wise
¨ Work well alone
¨ Work well in teams
¨ Work well under pressure
¨ Writing ability
¨ Others _____________

Discussion questions:

a. How do you feel about your list of strengths? Any surprises? Any confirmation?

b. How do you feel about what other people have said about your strengths?

c. Think of 2 ways how you can use your strengths to reach your goals/calling?

d. What would be 2 strengths you like to further develop?

e. What would be 1 growth area you would like to work on?

f. What would be 1 not-yet-discovered area you would like to try?

© Herman Chow
D.Min, RP, RMFT