Use Your Strengths for Optimal Flow

Strengths go beyond your learning style or preferences. It is a mixture of your talents, knowledge and skills. Many of these come through your experiences. Everyone has strengths. You are born with them. When you identify your strengths, you experience flow in your life.

Flow is described as:

  • Having flow of energy.
  • Being engaged with an activity or experience.
  • Losing time because you’re lost in an activity.
  • Ability to easily grasp new information.
  • Demonstrating high levels of performance.
  • Ability to continue working despite being tired or stressed.

How do you get to know your strengths?

There is formal assessment which can be accessed through StrengthsFinder.com as well as a book. The book is a phenomenal resource. The additional benefit of the formal assessment is the ability to attach the results to your LinkedIn profile, which I would highly recommend.

An informal method of discovering one’s strengths is through a process of self-evaluation. Ponder the following questions:

1. What do your family, peers, supervisors, teachers and parents always compliment you on?

2. Were you ever surprised when you were good at a new game, task or specific assignment? What skills were involved?

3. What would you say is your greatest skill or ability?

4. What subject in school do you like best?

As you read through the following information, keep the prior questions in mind.

There are strengths which make daily tasks associated with it to feel effortless. Other talents and strengths can be developed. These strengths are not solidified and permanent. They will change with age, time and experience. Some strengths may even require additional instruction and practice. The point is to remember that you may continue to always build your skills during the course of your life.

Remember that everyone has strengths. They are part of your natural talents, skills and abilities. Think of your personal accomplishments. What accomplishments do you have in your past which have made you feel energized. Maybe you participated in the high school marching band and participated for four years. That is a magnificent accomplishment.

Some examples of strengths may include:

  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Honesty
  • Humor
  • Kindness
  • Leadership
  • Listening
  • Open mindedness
  • Organization
  • Originality
  • Perseverance
  • Problem solving
  • Social studies
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Writing