Character strengths* are universal characteristics, qualities, and capacities that describe what’s good in us. Our character strengths serve as pathways to help us increase our happiness, improve our relationships, and achieve our life goals. The VIA Survey* measures our unique combination of the 24 character strengths.
When I am fully leveraging my character strengths, I feel like the real me is emerging; I am coming out of hiding. I feel connected and free. For example, my top character strength is zest; I am full of energy and enthusiasm. When going to certain types of events, I used to “tone down” my zest because I worried about what other people would think if I showed too much passion or energy. Some of my best networking has happened when I’ve embraced my zest rather than hide from it.
And, I’m learning to notice when putting my character strengths on full display is truly not the best option for the situation I’m in or the people I’m with. This is part of the journey with our character strengths. Our opportunity is to find the right balance of our strengths for the situation we are in.
Our character strengths can help us be more effective in ALL life domains, including professional/work, home/family (even parenting!), and social. We may leverage them more in certain situations, or apply them differently at different times. But we can always choose to use and build upon our strengths, no matter where we are or what we are doing.
Curious about what your character strengths might be? At the bottom of this post, I provide a link where you can read more about the strengths and take the VIA Survey for free.
Creating a Strong Business
Character strengths and other positive psychology approaches are becoming core and fundamental to my coaching and facilitation business. I’ve always been passionate about helping other people focus on and integrate their own unique combination of strengths, and now I have a specific research-based methodology and practical tools to do that more effectively.
My mission is to help people bring more passion, presence and purpose to their life and relationships. I’ll layer my unique combination of character strengths on top of a foundation of positive psychology and mindfulness approaches. Here are some examples of how my character strengths make me a stronger coach:
Zest. I am passionate about helping others increase their self-awareness and reach their personal or professional learning goals. I will encourage you to explore, take inspired action and embrace new experiences so you can pursue your dreams and accomplish your goals.
Curiosity. I ask questions to facilitate your discovery and increase your self-awareness. Through these questions, you’ll start to consider new alternatives and see new pathways.
Appreciation of beauty & excellence. I’ve been cultivating awareness, acceptance, and presence in my own life and I will help you do the same. I will help you see the goodness in yourself and build upon your best qualities.
Creativity. With coaching, there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach or methodology. I’ll be your guide, helping you discover what works best for you. I’ll encourage you to explore and connect what you learn about yourself in new ways.
Read how I integrate other strengths into my business here.
Your Purposeful Growth
I hope you’ll become familiar with your strengths, if you aren’t already, and to use them to bring more enrichment to your life. My future posts will continue to share inspiration, ideas, and tips for creating a purposeful, strengths-based life. I encourage you to continue to follow along and invite you to participate in the conversation.
If you want to learn more about the Character Strengths, or take the VIA Survey, you can do so for free here.
If you would like support in identifying and navigating your character strengths, integrating them into your life, and leveraging them to accomplish your goals, then contact me for a complimentary discovery session to see if coaching may be a fit for you. My coaching clients will receive a special link that will give them access to take the VIA Survey and receive a supplemental, more detailed report as part of their coaching package.
*Resources, Character Strengths and VIA Survey
Peterson, C., & Park, N. (2009). Classifying and measuring strengths of character. In S. J. Lopez & C. R. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford handbook of positive psychology, 2nd edition (pp. 25-33). New York: Oxford University Press. www.viacharacter.org
Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York: Oxford University Press and Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. www.viacharacter.org