Last week at my virtual workshop, my coach asked us what our strengths were and when we struggled to come up with one, she asked what others would say our strengths were. I have thought about this a lot since last Thursday. And I have thought quite a bit about how these strengths can aid me on my journey.
If I can turn these strengths into Superpowers, well then I will be unstoppable!!
We all have strengths. They are part of who we are. Sometimes it is hard to see our own strong attributes, but others see them.
What are your strengths? Are you compassionate? Funny? A survivor? Quiet? Kind?…….
My coach asked us to just pick one to focus on. What one strength do you have? I chose kindness.
How can I use kindness on this journey? It doesn’t really relate to food or exercise…. Or does it?
I am kind to others. But am I kind to myself? How would being kind to me, change this journey? Would it have any impact?
What do you think?
Yes, being kind would have an impact. A HUGE impact!
Our thoughts are so powerful on this journey. My mindset is a HUGE part of becoming the healthiest and best version of me that I can be. So, how can I become the best version of me if I am negative, critical, and mean to myself? Wouldn’t I get farther and become a better version of me by being positive, by being kind to myself?
Think about it. What happens to our mindset when we are negative and focus on our faults or our failings? What impact would the negative have? How would you feel? I know that I would give up. I would feel defeated. I would stop believing that I could achieve any goal I set for myself. Being negative, unkind and only focusing on my faults sets me up to fail. Every. Single. Time.
But if I turn that around and focus on my strengths, on the lesson I can learn and on the positive steps I have made, then I would feel far different. I would feel empowered! I would believe I could do anything! Being kind to myself and focusing on the positives sets me up to succeed, even when I have a slip or take a detour!
Amazing what focusing on the positives, focusing on our strengths can do for each of us!
Kindness is one of my strengths and the one I chose during my workshop. And I realized I need to make being kind to myself a priority. Being kind to me helps my mindset stay positive. Kindness helps me continue when I have a slip. Kindness helps me to forgive (another of my strengths) and move on, learning as I go.
As I thought about my strengths this week, I came up with a list (not complete yet, as I keep adding to it)—
These are some of my strengths! My Superpowers. And the power of each of these strengths can be harnessed and used as a tool on my journey. These strengths have gotten me this far and will keep me going! Especially if I apply them to myself! (okay, realistically, I won’t use them ALL of the time, BUT I know they are there and I KNOW the power can be used to help me on my journey!)
Examples of how some of these strengths can help me on this journey–
Forgiveness, Kindness, Compassion, Love, Gratefulness, Empathy—When the power of these is harnessed I take the power away from my guilt and give it back to me. Slips no longer mean failure. I am more positive, and happier. I am more understanding of what I am doing and where my choices are originating from. I make better choices for me. I feel better, emotionally and physically, when I harness the power of these strengths.
Thoughtful, Creative, Curious, Passionate—When the power of these is harnessed, I can keep the boredom and staleness at bay. I try new foods, new recipes. I find fun ways to move. These strengths are powerful tools to keep things fresh and new.
Bravery, being a Survivor, Perseverance, Hope—When the power of these is harnessed, I am empowered to push through, to continue, to believe that I am capable of far more than I give myself credit for. Slips no longer mean failure, instead those slips become stepping stones on my road to success. When I harness the power of these, I am unstoppable! Nothing is out of reach or impossible! Everything is possible! I CAN and I WILL!
Zest—When this power is harnessed, I am being present in the moment. I have a zest for life. I enjoy the little things along with the bigger things. I find joy in the moment– in a new recipe, in the quiet of nature, in the beauty of a hike, in the joy of a new food find. This zest for life keeps me mindful, present and joyful. All things that help me travel this crazy journey.
Organized— How better to be in control of me, than to be organized? Harnessing this power stops the chaos in my life and in my mind. THIS is how I plan, how I prepare, how I keep calm.
What are your strengths? How can you harness the power of each of your strengths to turn them into tools that will help you move closer to your goals, closer to the version of you that YOU are striving for? How can you turn your strengths into your SUPERPOWERS?
Ask yourself “what are my strengths?” “what would my family and friends say are my strengths?” “How can these strengths aid my journey to becoming the healthiest and best version of me that I can be?”
Our strengths, our Superpowers, once we recognize them, become powerful aids on our journey….. this perfectly imperfect journey we are all on.