Quick! Name three things you’re really good at.
If it took you more than a few seconds to figure out, don’t worry. For many of us, our strengths are probably not top-of-mind. A few years ago if someone asked me my strengths, I would laugh and say something like “consuming large numbers of chocolate chip cookies. Wait, no that’s actually my weakness!”. A feeble attempt at humility and humor.
There is mounting research that shows that understanding and leveraging our strengths is the key to helping us excel. Proactively leveraging strengths can even make work more fun and fulfilling. Yet, since our strengths come so easily to many of us, we often don’t pay attention to them.
This week’s mindful practice is to notice your strengths in action. To practice this, pay attention throughout the day. Notice when you do something with ease. Notice when someone compliments you for something you’ve done well. If you’re having trouble identifying your strengths, take the StrengthsFinder assessment. As you read your Top 5 Strengths, notice what resonates. Then notice them in action all week. Pay attention to what it feels like to bring your strengths to a situation. For extra credit you may even want to start to notice other people’s strengths. It makes work much more fun when we get curious about what makes each of us uniquely spectacular.
Wishing you a mindful week!
P.S. One-Minute Mindfulness are short reads that give you a practice a week so you can experience being mindful in the activities you’re already doing. If you’d like to learn and create mindfulness habits with teammates and friends, please share this link to sign up.
P.P.S. I would love for you to share your experience or questions from this practice in the comments below.