In the past two days, I've met with 70+ 15 and 16 year old students individually to talk about graduation requirements, course selections, and future plans. With each one of them, I've asked them to tell me their strengths. It is so interesting to hear their responses. Some actually stared at me blankly or blushed and said they didn't have any. How sad! If this was their response, we talked until they were able to tell me at least 3-4 strengths. It was so good to see the relief on their faces when they realize they did indeed have strengths to talk about! This is a conversation I believe parents should be having regularly with their children. Kids need to know what they are good at and what positive attributes they have to contribute to the world!
I went on to tell them everyone has strengths and it was important for them to really dig deep, focus in on those things they are good at and the good within them. Then, as they get to know themselves over the next few years, they should explore career paths and jobs that will allow them to use a majority of their strengths on a regular basis. I firmly believe those happiest and most fulfilled in their jobs and life in general are those who get to use their strengths/gifts/talents regularly!
I truly hope that with these conversations I've planted the seed to help each one of them begin to grow into the person they were meant to be!
Instead of a yogathought for the day, here are 3 questions of the day for you:
1. What are your strengths? (Don't be shy--list them all!)
2. Do you get to use the majority of your strengths on a regular basis?
3. If not, how can you incorporate more opportunities in your life to use your strengths and talents--both personally and professionally?