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Sharing your strengths

We all have strengths and we all have things we just don’t care to do. You can call them weaknesses, but I prefer to identify them as things that don’t give me energy. Some of us are great organizers, some of us like to be the doers, some love to cook and some love to clean, some are great at entertaining and some of us bring the love and wine! My point is, we all have strengths and together we are stronger when we focus on what we do best and share it.

The idea of HMC was born out of a conversation with 12 amazing ladies sharing memories, ideas and dreams at a reunion 15 years ago. We talked about the incredible knowledge and strengths of the women in the room and how when we get together everyone shares a little something (their strength) that makes the reunion so special. Recognizing your own strengths are key to being able to share them.

How do we Identify our own strengths?

  1. Hold up a mirror and treat yourself like your best friend and write down the things you believe you are good at and what fuels your energy or spice for life.
  2. Pick 5-10 good friends and ask them to write three things they feel your are good at.
  3. Sit down and compare the lists and target your strengths.
  4. Make an action plan on how you will incorporate your strengths in your day to day life. (Work, family, friends)

Personally, I try to recognize where my strengths lie and where I need to call on friends to provide support. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help as I once was. I am grateful for the people that I am surrounded by. I focus on doing things that make me feel good and fuel my energy so I can be a better friend, partner, parent and daughter.

The other angle on this is to identify your friends strengths and compliment them. When you do this you fuel their positive energy to share with others and we all know this world needs more of that.

What are your strengths? What fuels your energy? What are you proud of? Now go share your gifts with your community.

2 Comments

  1. Bonnie Minnick on October 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    So many of us lead what would be called “a charmed life”. Then when the going gets tough, it is very difficult to be the “tough that gets going”! When your stress on several fronts begins to overwhelm and it becomes cliche “to let it go”, that is when we need to find the balance once again in our lives.
    I love the attitude adjustment of looking in a mirror, walking out and closing the door on negativity. We are what we tell our brains.
    So when the sun does finally shine and it is easier to welcome the positive, get the gratitude written down for those times you need to pick up your journal and be reminded nothing lasts forever and we are what we make of ourselves. The difficult times make the good times even better!

    • Carol Ploen-Hosegood on October 15, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing Bonnie, you are 100% correct, we are what we tell our brains and sometimes we need to rewrite the story. We are all good enough and awesome and bring joy to others. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend.
      Focus on that.

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