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Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Discover Your Personal Strengths

Learning to identify your personal strengths can greatly benefit your recovery. Once you become aware of what you’re good at and what makes you unique, you can utilize these qualities to stay confident and motivated as you create a new sober life. 

Recognizing your personal strengths isn’t easy, especially when you’re rediscovering yourself in recovery. Below, we list a few simple ways to find your personal strengths. Give them a try or cherry-pick the tips that resonate most with you. 
  • Create a personal strength wish-list. Jot down what qualities and traits mean most to you and your recovery – and then take a look and think about whether you display any of these strengths yourself. 
  • Note the things you enjoy. What do you really love to do? Often, the kinds of activities you enjoy require the skills and traits you naturally enjoy and excel at.  
  • Ask a friend or family member to weigh in. It’s not always easy to see ourselves clearly, so you may need an outside perspective. Ask those whom you trust most to tell you some of your strengths – and see if any surprise you. 
  • Take compliments to heart. If you don’t feel comfortable asking a loved one to weigh in on your personal strengths, then think back to any compliments you’ve received. Have you been told that you’re a good listener, for example, or that you’re funny?
  • Think about what makes you proud. Write down three times in your life that you truly felt proud to be you. How did you act or what did you do? What values did you display? Your answers will likely reveal your personal strengths.
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