Use Your Strengths for Increased Career Happiness
Want to feel more joy in your career? One factor those who feel happy at work have in common is that they utilize their key strengths on a regular basis. Gallup research has shown that people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged at work. Martin Seligman’s research showed:
The more signature strengths were applied at the workplace, the higher the positive experiences at work. This study showed that character strengths matter in vocational environments irrespective of their content. Strengths-congruent activities at the workplace are important for positive experiences at work like job satisfaction and experiencing pleasure, engagement, and meaning fostered by one’s job.
Guiding Principles for Utilizing Your Strengths
1. Discover, claim and own your strengths.
There are many ways to identify your strengths. Many of them you probably know innately but may be taking for granted because they come so easy or natural to you. A career counselor can help you assess your strengths objectively. Here are a few ways you can identify them on your own:
– Reflect on times in your past (any time) where you felt you did something well, enjoyed what you were doing and were proud of what you did. This is referred to as a good experience. When we’re engaged in good experiences, we are very often utilizing our best strengths. We’re doing what we naturally do well. Review your experiences and identify what strengths were demonstrated. It can be helpful to share these stories with someone else and get their input on what strengths were exhibited.
– You can get a general idea of some of your key character strengths from a strengths questionnaire. The questionnaire will identify your top strengths from a grouping of 24 character strengths. Visit the authentic happiness website and look for the VIA SIGNATURE STRENGTHS questionnaire.
– The StrengthsFinder 2.0 book also has a link to an assessment you can complete to identify your top strengths.
2. Build on your strengths and manage your weaknesses. This means you build increased skill and experience with your strengths vs. trying to improve your weaknesses. Rather, be aware of what your weaknesses or blind spots are and seek help to manage them. Find opportunities to fine tune, or improve upon your strengths.
3. Position yourself for success by deploying your strengths effectively. Find ways to utilize your strengths where they have impact and are meaningful to you.
4. Optimism and happiness are learned behaviors. You can train yourself positive! Not only that, but our brains function at their best when we are positive. Set positive intentions for yourself. Take time to let go of the negative and bring positivity into your environment. This doesn’t mean not to allow so-called negative emotions. Rather, it means to shift your attitude or thinking about situations. It’s easier to learn optimism and happiness when you lead from your strengths. You’ll feel more accomplished and confident in yourself. The fact that optimism and happiness are learned behaviors means you can learn it!
5. Practice Resilience. Thinking about your strengths and your life and career, ask yourself:
– What do I have in my life that I want more of?
– What is something that I don’t have that I would like added to my life?
– What do I have or do that I would like to eliminate?
– What do I always dream about that I have not yet taken steps towards doing?
– What kind of person am I and what do I truly value in my life?
– What could I do to be different in my life?
Now that you have taken some time to think about your life, see if you can come up with some ideas as to how to transform your life, improve your motivation, and feel more satisfaction utilizing or incorporating your strengths.
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