Jason's View

Focusing on My Strengths

12 Feb 2014 by Jason's Connection

It’s easy to fall in the traps of a negative outlook on life. Even easier if one has a disability. I’m constantly reminded of what I can’t do and what I need to work on. This affects how I see myself everyday and how much I feel I am worth. It’s important to regularly improve yourself, regardless of whether or not you have a disability. However, these constant reminders do not always instill a great self-confidence as I am continually focusing on what needs to be improved.

Easily, I forget what strengths I already have.

This focus on always improving can bring a lot of self-doubt like it has in my own life. Emphasizing strengths can over time make you feel better about yourself.   Like the above image says, it takes a Positive Attitude to inflict a positive day, year, and life. The “I can do it” mentality is much more affective then the “I can’t.” If you think you can’t, then you probably won’t.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

In that way, VIA Character Strength is incredibly important to not just people with disabilities, but everyone. We all need to know what strengths we have and how we can use such strengths. VIA Character Strengths as well as with therapy can be very helpful in letting people realize what they can bring to the world.

Focusing on our strengths allows us to excel – and leaves some room for others, with different strengths, to make up the differences.

Comment from VIA Character Strengths:

You have many different types of strengths. These can be hobbies, talents, interests or resources; however these strengths do not reflect the “real” you— who you are at your core – your character. Only by understanding your character strengths can you know how special and capable you really are. Character strengths are the personality characteristics that make you authentic, unique and feel engaged.

The VIA Survey is a simple survey that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information to help you understand these core characteristics. This self-assessment survey is regarded as a central tool of positive psychology and has been used in hundreds of research studies and taken by over 2.6 million people in over 190 countries.  It is the only free, scientifically validated online strengths tool available.   

Register at www.viame.org to take the free VIA Survey.