Personal Strengths

We all have strengths. These impact on our behaviour, thoughts, feelings and actions.

Recognising our strengths and finding ways to use these in our personal and professional lives provides us with opportunities to actively improve our well-being. Not only do we become more aware of what we enjoy and what we’re good at, studies suggest that focusing on actively using our strengths can build confidence, optimism and psychological resilience.

using your strengths

When identified, our personal strengths can be developed and applied in all areas of life to increase our happiness:

  • Relationships.
  • Parenting.
  • Work.
  • Hobbies.

Taking a strengths-based approach to life will impact the way we view ourself, how we interact with others, our behaviour and our attitude in both personal and professional situations.

How to identify your strengths

Identifying our personal strengths can be done in a number of ways:

  • Reflecting on what we’re good at and what we enjoy.
  • Asking other people for their input on what they view our strengths to be.
  • Using one of the ‘strengths tools’ listed below.

You may find that using all three strategies is the most thorough approach. Sometimes people see strengths in us we may not be as aware of. It’s also important to recognise that our personal strengths can change over time and circumstances. While our core strengths may remain the same, others may come to the forefront or become less prominent as we change.

Strengths tools

A number of ways we can build more opportunities to develop and apply our personal strengths further will be explored in a future post.

Thanks for reading!

further reading

Seligman, M. E., Steen, T. A., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist60(5), 410-21.

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