Three Strengths Strategies To Start Your Day
February 6, 2014 by VIA Institute on Character ·
How often do you walk into a situation— whether it be a party, a work meeting, or just an evening at home with your family— and actively look for the best qualities in your friends/colleagues/family members?
Research shows that strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. But if you answered, “not often” or “never” to the question above— don’t worry, we are here to help! In this newsletter we will review strategies and tips to help you integrate “strengths-spotting” into your day-to-day lives.
Tip #1: Strengths Fluency
The first step is knowing what to look for. Review the VIA Classification of Character Strengths to help you develop a strengths language and become aware of the qualities that you will be trying to spot in others. Learn a little bit about each strength and maybe even print a copy of the Classification for your desk or refrigerator so you are reminded of your new strengths language throughout the day.
Tip #2: Practice Makes Perfect
Watching movie clips can be an effective way to train your brain to look for strengths. Next time you watch a movie, practice spotting the 24 VIA character strengths in different scenes. Pause after a scene and write down all of the strengths that you noticed. This may change the way you watch movies!
Ready to practice? Try this activity with a short scene from the film, “You’ve Got Mail”.
What strengths did you observe in this clip? We would love to hear your thoughts as well. Let us know in a comment to this post.
Tip #3: Strengths Goggles
At your next social gathering or work meeting, deliberately enter the environment with “strength goggles”. Walk in with a mindset to look for strengths as they are being portrayed and verbally acknowledge the strengths use to the individual. For example, spot your co-worker asking a lot of questions (curiosity) or collaborating on a project (teamwork) and, if appropriate, tell them how much you appreciate them bringing forth this strength.
What Will The VIA Reports Tell You?
Every individual can benefit from knowing their character strengths and we make it simple with our research-based, online, free survey. By completing this short assessment, you are providing the data we need to create your individualized in-depth strength reports.
The VIA Me Pathways Report categorizes your character strengths in three categories— signature strengths: your strongest and most natural; middle strengths: called upon in certain situations; and lesser strengths: not as naturally occurring, but still available for you. Learn more about the benefits of your top strengths, as well as ways to boost lesser strengths in this personalized report.
After you learn more about ALL of your strengths, zone in on the strengths most likely to have a profound impact on your life with the VIA Pro Report. This report will explore your top signature strengths from a variety of lenses and viewpoints. Learn more about what it would look like when you overuse or underuse one of these core strengths with this advanced report.
Click here to log in and purchase your own VIA Me Pathways Report and VIA Pro Report, or just choose the one in-depth report that is right for you!
written by Kelly Aluise, VIA communications specialist