Celebrating Your Strengths
So often we forget to celebrate our strengths. Many people are quick to see where they come up short in life rather than seeing their strengths. Most people do not take the time to celebrate their gifts, talents, and strengths.
Often people think it’s egotistical to look at their gifts and talents, but true humility is knowing both your weaknesses and strengths. If we were to think of it in terms of balance the negative usually carries more weight and therefore, we need to make a shift in our thinking towards celebrating the good things in our lives.
Identifying our strengths can be a challenge when we first start to change the way we think. Sometimes a loved one, a mentor, a pastor, or a friend can help us see and understand the good things that we bring to life.
When asked what are your strengths it’s easy to get stuck because we are not used to thinking this way. So, we must change our way of thinking about our positive attributes.
When someone asks “how are you doing today” do you tell them all the details of why it’s a tough day? Or do you simply say I’m doing good? Wouldn’t it be nice if we came from a place of gratitude and knowing that we are precious in the lives of those who love us?
We are conditioned to recognize our weaknesses and not necessarily our strengths. Other people often can look at a person and see their goodness and their strength where the person themselves may not see it.
It is easy to feel like we don’t have any strengths, but that is just because we are only focused on our weaknesses. It is important to understand yourself well enough to know both your strengths and weaknesses.
One part of the CASEL model that focuses on knowing your strengths and weaknesses is the Self-Awareness section. Part of mastering self-awareness is the capacity to recognize your strengths and limitations so you can obtain a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose.
Some ways you can start figuring out what your strengths include:
- Figuring out your personal and social identities
- Identifying personal, cultural, and linguistic assets
- Identifying your emotions
- Understanding your feelings, values, and thoughts
- Figuring out your interests and sense of purpose
It is hard after years of learning to focus on your weaknesses to try and celebrate your strengths. That’s why RockDigi focuses on teaching kids the social-emotional skills they need to learn to be able to celebrate their strengths.
RockDigi has lessons for kids about gratitude, doing the right thing, and finding your spark- all of these can help students with their sense of self-awareness in a positive way.
Visit rockdigi.org for more information and free trial lessons.
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