Research reveals that people who use their strengths a lot are 18x more likely to be flourishing than those who do not use their strengths; yet only 1 out of 3 people have an active awareness of their strengths. If you would like to – build resilience – enhance overall wellbeing – improve your relationships – and strengthen your ability to overcome problems, then it helps to understand your character strengths. Now may be the ideal time to take the free VIA survey to learn all about yours. The VIA survey is a scientifically-validated survey that has been taken by over 11 million people in 190 countries.
Here are some of my tips for when you get your free results:
- Your top strengths are your key, signature strengths
- They’re at the top because you value them and probably use them everyday
- The ones at the bottom of the list are still strengths – not weaknesses! This test does not measure weaknesses.
- They’re at the bottom of your list because you use them less or they’re less important to you in everyday life.
- Getting your team to do this free survey is a great way to learn about their strengths and what is important to them.
- Practice identifying strengths in others and grow your strengths focus!
- Develop your positive leadership skills (or positive parenting skills) by becoming familiar with the strengths and acknowledging them in yourself and others.
- Try to identify 5 positives (strengths) for every negative you find yourself noticing. This helps create and maintain harmony in a relationship, and means that any negative feedback you have to give will be easier to accept because that person will be secure that you notice their good regularly.
- When you are facing a challenge, look at your strengths and decide which one or two you could apply to help you. You will feel more resilient and grow your strength!
- Workers who use four or more of their signature strengths at work have more positive work experiences and report their work is a calling in their life.