It all started with me trying to understand what I should do with my life, what my calling is. I realised I did not really know what I was good at. I sat down, I made a list, followed recommended coaching techniques, but it all felt forced and not objective enough.
So I decided to complete as many strengths surveys as I could. I’ve done Via Strengths (it’s free but I paid for a report), Strengthsfinder 2.0 (you need to buy a book with a code on Amazon) and Strengthscope through work. I discovered that my strengths were:
- Empathy, kindness, compassion
- Creativity, ideation
- Appreciation of beauty & excellence, self improvement
- Strategic mindset
- Developing others, connectedness, relator
Suddenly this blog and my interests made a lot of sense 🙂
Strengths are important because they are essentially the values that guide your life. And they help with big decisions, eg what to do for a living, what’s important, etc. Another fun way of getting to know yourself a bit better is an exercise in the picture above, which is a card from the Know Yourself card set from The School of Life. Grab a piece of paper, a pen, write what comes into your mind for each of the questions and read your answers once done – what do they tell you? Does it make sense? Any surprises?