I can remember when a salesperson firmly told my children to stop! I don’t recall what they were doing. I just remember feeling terrible. Several days passed before I could shake the feeling that I was an awful mom who couldn’t control her children. Neither of which were true!
People pleasers have a particularly hard time moving past moments of voiced disapproval.
Yesterday we talked about the importance of learning from our mistakes without allowing them to define us. The best way I’ve learned to do that is to know my strengths. It’s harder to mentally berate myself when I have a ready list of my strengths available.
When is the last time you took an inventory of your strengths?
Today is the day!
List Your Strengths and Improve Your Attitude
Are you reliable? Honest? Punctual?
Are you a good listener? Kind? Cooperative?
Are you hard-working? Energetic? Creative?
Are you dependable? Discreet? Loyal?
Are you sympathetic? Generous?
How are you doing? Maybe you’re not sure how you’d answer. You know how you would like to answer, but not sure if it’s true.
1. Checklist of Strengths – Go to the Mott Community College Questionnaire. They state:
You will improve your chances for success in your job search by looking at your strengths and weaknesses.
I believe knowing your strength and weaknesses will help in many areas of life beyond those related to career. So print off the questionnaire and answer each question honestly.
2. List Your Top 5 Strengths – Based on your answers from the checklist, write your top 5 strengths. For example:
- I look for the good in people.
- I’m enthusiastic.
- I love to encourage people.
- I’m honest.
- I’m kind and compassionate.
3. List Your Greatest Weakness – Working on one at a time identify the weakness you want to improve. For example:
I’ve never been very organized. I’m working on changing that. So, I’m going through closets, drawers, and files. Will I ever declare organization a strength? Probably not. But I am definitely able to improve myself, and not allow this weakness to remain a problem for me.
4. Praise and Thank God – You were uniquely made by and for Him.
Praise Him, skies above! Praise Him, vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for He issued his command, and they came into being. Psalm 148:4-5
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14
Let your strengths define you , and work on your weaknesses. I promise it will improve your attitude.