You build a life on your talents and strengths – what is good and right about you – not on your weaknesses, however skillfully they might be corrected. – Dr. Edward Hallowell, Delivered From Distraction
Can you name your personal strengths? When asked that question, most people stumble for an answer. A 2001 study in the U.K found that only about 1/3 of the people can identify their own strengths. We can safely assume that the numbers are greatly reduced for people with ADHD.
It’s frustrating to have one’s ADHD weaknesses and challenges come to mind much more easily than one’s strengths and gifts. It’s no wonder, really, as ADHD challenges seem to be ever present, somehow overshadowing the strengths that we bring to the world.
Advantages of Using Strengths
Despite people’s perhaps natural tendency to orient toward weaknesses, we know through research that people who use their strengths are happier, more confident, have higher levels of self-esteem, have more energy and vitality, experience less stress, are more resilient, are more likely to achieve their goals, perform better – and are more engaged – at work, as well as being more effective at developing themselves and growing as individuals. (A. Linley, J. Willars and R. Biswas-Diener, The Strengths Book)
It Starts With Awareness
To a certain extent, focusing on the negative is a survival technique ~ we need to be aware of the lion that is about to pounce. However, after a lifetime of frequent frustration and challenges, focusing on the negative can become a habit. Fortunately, we can change habits that don’t serve us….and it starts with awareness.
Identify Your Strengths
So how do you move forward? The first step is to identify your strengths; you can do so by taking the free 15-minute VIA Survey. There’s an adult survey and one for youth ages 10-17. Taking the survey will move you toward recognizing, appreciating and remembering your strengths so you can build on them for more and more success.
If we can be of assistance as you identify and use your strengths in new and different ways, contact us at info@FocusForEffectiveness.com.