We all have different purposes in this lifetime. We are unique in our own special way. What’s great about you? What makes you unique? What makes you happy?
In life, you will be much happier and will feel more grounded when you become aware of your needs, your strengths and what it means to fully embrace the true you. Not the you that you have become through conditioning, life circumstances and self doubt, but the shining light that you are intended to be.
Do you believe in your greatness?
Many of us dim our light to make others happy, to gain approval of people around us, and a wealth of other reasons. This works for a while and we feel satisfied for a period of time. But, eventually we feel sad, depressed and maybe even angry because deep in our soul we know we are not being true to our self.
Sometimes we are so far down the path that we don’t even remember who we are. We are not able to notice what our true strengths really are. Are we driven and visionary? Talkative and enthusiastic? Patient, kind and quiet? Detail oriented and organized? Understanding our strengths can help us to thrive in life and in our career.
But how do you find and understand your strengths? Here are a few tips which will give you clues into your true nature/preferences:
- Pay attention to situations when you feel good, in “flow” and happy. Time flies.
- Recognize how you feel when you are interacting with people in your life (before, during and after) – who puts you at ease? who feels good to be around? how are you acting around them? does it feel good?
- Notice which tasks/activities (at work or life in general) that you look forward to. Yes! It is possible to look forward to work tasks if they are aligned with your strengths.
Can we always do things that align with our strengths? Not necessarily, but most likely you can bring more of your strengths into your life and experience a better sense of balance.
Don’t like details and have to work on a spreadsheet at work for an entire day? Plan in breaks, lunch with a positive and uplifting co-worker, go for a short walk and experience nature. Break up the day with things that energize you when you are doing something that drains you.
Prefer to be home reading a book, but need to go to a three day conference out of town with a LOT of interaction and networking? Give yourself permission to skip some of the activities and relax alone in your hotel room.
This is what balance looks like.
When you better understand your strengths and your true nature, life becomes much more enjoyable, you gain more clarity and you most certainly will thrive! Life coaches (like me :)) can help you to uncover your strengths and to guide you along a path that is more energizing and purposeful.
Sending hugs and blessings,