Today is day one of the one week Strengths Challenge, which is an experiment in renewed focus on personal strengths. Can eleven minutes each day renew and extend my use of a key strength and result in greater positive feelings throughout the day?
I followed the challenge guidelines over the weekend and set up my three part strength-challenge habit: A Cue; My Routine; My Reward.
Cue: Turning on my computer, a daily habit which will remind me to engage the following routine.
Routine: Draft a blog post about one life insight. Shoot to publish after ten minutes rather than my current habit of writing/rewriting/rewriting to make each post perfect.
Reward: Cross it off my list and have a second cup of coffee.
The VIA Strengths Assessment
I have taken the VIA strengths assessment twice before and initially intended to simply use the results from 2006. Though ten years old, I reasoned my strengths hadn’t changed that much. Yesterday I decided to take the brief assessment again just to see what changed, if anything.
Observations on my Strengths
My top five strengths changed only slightly during the ten years between assessments. In 2006 the top five were:
Now the VIA results are:
Essentially the same, with Love and Honesty trading places.
The focus of my 80Insights blog uses the strength of Judgment, which in VIA terms means: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly. I use this strength in reaching insights about life.
I’ve long known that insight is a strength of mine, one I enjoy using and use with generally good success.
Simply reviewing my strengths from 2006 and now reinforces the positive feelings I have from knowing this about myself. It renews my focus to use my strengths, especially the strength of Judgment/Insight in reflecting and writing about my life and life in general.
The Strengths Challenge
I encourage you to take your own strengths assessment as it’s a wonderful tool that can bring you greater life satisfaction. Our strengths are the foundations of our successes. Use them knowingly.
More information on the strength challenge.
Now for my reward…