Step 2 of Practice

 STEP 2: ARTICULATING SUBJECTIVE STRENGTHS

 

You will continue to:

·      focus on and write daily about positive moments (Step 1)

You will practice:

·      taking credit for the part you play in your positive moments

·      finding words for, or articulating, two types of strengths (positive personal qualities)

     1.     strengths that cause positive moments to occur in your day (active strengths)

     2.     strengths that allow positive moments to occur in your day (passive strengths)

·     writing down your strengths in words that are meaningful to you

Timeframe: 3 to 4 weeks or until you have made about 30 to 40 or more entries in your LOG.

Method:

Every day for 3 to 4 weeks, expand one of your positive moments from Step 1 in the Step 2 section of your LOG by noting words or phrases that describe the positive role you played in that positive moment.

Notice and articulate 2 types of strengths: active and passive. An active strength is an ability, wheras a passive strength is a capacity. Having an ability to teach math, for example, is an active strength. Having a capacity to experience awe at the numeric order of the universe is certainly a strength! You allow yourself to be moved, to feel wonder, to appreciate something. These are all passive strengths. 

Try to find your own words to describe your strengths. Every person is unique, so there is not any comprehensive list of strengths that you can draw from. Feel free to make up new ways to describe strengths that are yours alone. If you are good at transforming yourself, you might have butterfly power. If you are good at seeing potential where others overlook it, you might be a recycler. However, if you get stuck, or need to prime the pump, there is a list of strength words at this link. To see an example of someone else’s Step 2, click on: Link to Example.

Tips to help you practice:

     Review the practice tips for Step 1.

     Follow this 40 Days Approach, to help you generate a lot of content.

     Let it be fun. It may be a very new kind of activity, thinking of words to describe your best qualities. For that reason, it may seem challenging at first. Keep in mind that there is no way you can do this wrong. Experiment with different ways of describing yourself.

     Let it evolve. Free yourself from any idea that you will find the ultimate way to correctly describe your strengths. Hopefully you are learning and growing all the time. Let your descriptions of your strengths reflect changes from day to day, year to year, and decade to decade. The strengths that are the most relevant for you at the age of 28 will not serve you at the age of 82.

Many, if not most, of these entries will repeat a few similar strengths. When a few such patterns start to emerge, after at least 3 weeks, you are ready to move on to Step 3.

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(AFTER YOU HAVE DONE STEP 1 FOR A WEEK, AND STEP 2 FOR THREE WEEKS, YOU WILL BE READY TO MOVE ON TO STEP 3. TO DO SO, CLICK ON THE “Back to Contents” SHOWN BELOW AND MOVE ON TO:“Step 3” IN THE Contents Listing:)