THE BEST ME

module 3:

understanding my strengths

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
Focus on your character, not your reputation.
Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.

― Roy T. Bennett

your strengths report

OK, so you now should have a report which lists your 24 character strengths in order.
But before we go on to explore what this means, it's really important to understand the following 3 facts about CHARACTER STRENGTHS.
  • 1
    Each and every one of us has ALL 24 strengths and we use them ALL to greater or lesser degrees, often depending on the situation we find ourselves in.
  • 2
    The strengths lower down your list are NOT weaknesses, they are STILL strengths, you just might not use them as much as those strengths higher up.
  • 3
    Your strengths can be developed, if you work on them and practice using them that is- which is precisely what this program will help you to do.

3 different types of strengths

Your 24 strengths fall into 3 categories:
Signature
Strengths
Middle
Strengths
Lower
Strengths

your signature strengths

These are your top 5-7 strengths.
They are the strengths that are most important to you, without them you wouldn't be YOU.
You probably use these strengths more than any others, and when you do, you feel energised and whatever you are doing feels natural and easy. 

your middle strengths

Your next 10 or so strengths.
Your middle strengths help to support your signature strengths.
You tend to use these strengths when the situation requires.
A good example might be using the strength of TEAMWORK when you are doing a project at school.
These strengths help you to get the job done, but you might not use them as much.

your lower strengths

The last 4-7 strengths.
These are NOT weaknesses, they are still strengths, they might be underdeveloped or you might not use them as much.  
For example, you may or not be particularly spiritual. 
Also strengths such as leadership and judgement tend to develop as you get older.

here is a strengths joke for you

Ha Ha Ha

Ha Ha Ha!

I went for a job interview yesterday and the first question they asked me was: 
"What's your greatest strength?"
I said: "I can do maths really fast."
The interviewer asked me: "OK then,what's 12×17?"
Quick as a flash I replied: "54."
Interviewer: "That's not even close."
I said: "Yes, but it was really fast."

explore your strengths

Understanding your STRENGTHS is important as it helps you to understand and know yourself better.
To help you explore your strengths a bit more we have some questions for you in your workbook.
There is an ACTIVITY for you to complete in your workbook.

module complete

Well done.
Now you understand strengths and how they work.
Time to move on to the next module.
Or you can head back to the Part 1 menu here.