Understanding your character strengths.

In the last post we talked about character strengths and gave you a link to use to find your strengths. If you missed that and want to take the character strengths test, click here. Okay, so now that you know your strengths, what are you supposed to do with them? Good question.

Our top five strengths our known as our signature strengths. When we are able to use these strengths this is when we feel our happiest. As you look through your list of strengths, pick one of the top five first, and remember a story about when you used that strength.

Try to remember as many specific details as you can about the story. What you did, who was involved, how did you feel? Pull out as many details that feel important as possible. Then write about the story as you remember it and reflect on what you think the story says about you. You can use bullet points with the major events if you don’t want to write it all out. The important step is the reflection and getting the major points written down.

After you have finished, pick another strength and repeat the process. Try to do at least three of these but you can do as many as you like.

The writing doesn’t have to be punctuated or neat, just recall the events and reflect on it, really feeling the emotions involved.

Do you have a particular goal or situation that you are working on? If so, how could you use these strengths in a new way to help accomplish your goal?

What could you do today to use your strengths to bring more pleasure into your life right now? Write down whatever comes to mind.

If you have strengths that are lower down your list, but would like to strengthen them, think of ways you could use your current strengths to do that.

We all have strengths that make us the beautiful humans that we are, but we don’t always know what they are or how to use them. I would love to help you discover your strengths and work to incorporate them more into your day to day activities.

If you would like a free one hour Positive Psychology Life Coaching session, just send me an email at jenny@jenniferhester.com and we can get it scheduled.

Aware is Freedom and I believe this is one of the most beautiful gifts that we can give ourselves. I’m sending you all my best and look forward to our journey together.

Character strengths? What the heck are they?

If I asked you what your character strengths were would you be able to tell me? If you answered YES, that’s awesome. If you answered no, then I have good news for you. We can change that today.

Character strengths are the core of who we are as humans. These are our positive, core characteristics.

Character strengths are the creation of Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson, they along with 55 social scientists studied world religions, philosophy and psychology for 3 years before agreeing to the 24 character strengths and 6 virtues that we have now.

Character strengths are the backbone of Positive Psychology, which is the study of happiness and flourishing. They discovered that when we work, live, play in our character strengths that is when we are happiest. It’s hard to know how to construct this happiness without understanding our character strengths.

I believe with all my heart and being that Awareness is Freedom. This is one more way to that freedom. Finding, exploring, and utilizing this new awareness can be life changing if applied in your life. Living in our top 5 signature strengths is where we are our happiest. Why would we not want to live in those?

I’m telling you all of this to share with you that today you can take the VIA Institute Characters Strengths test and find out your character strengths and it’s absolutely FREE. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, so set aside some time and enjoy the process.

You can use my link below to take the test. If you would like to discuss your character strengths to gain a better understanding on how to use them more in your life, send me an email at jenny@jenniferhester.com and I would love to work with you. Also, please share any  feedback on how you liked what you discover. Also, also, please feel free to share my link with anyone you like to help others find their strengths. Sending you guys all my best!!

Click here to watch the video on character strengths  (This is really a GREAT video). Click here to start the test.

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I have OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s not the OCD that causes you to repeatedly wash your hands or count items. My OCD is in the mind. I can get an idea in my mind and stay obsessively focused on it for days’, even months. Understanding that I have this condition helps me to control it. Knowing that I have this helps me to stop and think about what I’m thinking about. Some of the thoughts that I have are often out in left field. I think, “Where the heck did that thought come from?” I then gather myself and start deciphering the thoughts. Ok, is this thought reality? Is this thought true?

Once I have gathered myself I start to let my subconscious fill my conscious mind with the knowledge that I have been filling it with. Things that are positive, productive, true, and biblical. Had I not been on a self-development journey, I would not have the tools necessary to overcome these issues.

We have the freedom to choose the focal points of our mind. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your idol. That is a scary thought. In the book, “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young. She relays a message that Jesus laid on her heart and that is, “Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought choices will keep you close to me”.

This week my call to action for you is this, see if you have a focal point. Do you allow your thoughts to run wild? Can you call them back to your focal point when you get off coarse? If so great, you are well on your way. If not, start to fill your mind with what you want to be your idol. We are told to only have one idol in our lives, what is yours? This will begin to Invite Excellence into your Life, then all else will fall into place. Exercise your right to freedom. Have a great week and go show off your AWESOME!!!