Behavior patterns that involve doing hard things to deal with the challenges of life.
How many personal strengths are there? In my previous post I said, "many - dozens."
Well, what are they? I've focused my research, thinking and writing on dozens of specific, discrete personal strengths. The "Top 40" have to do with being outstanding in the workplace and in your personal life. These are the strengths of all success-oriented people, peak performers, high contributors, personal leaders, and team leaders:
Self-confidence, Accountability, Composure, Responsibility, Effort, Loyalty, Self-development, Excellence, Thoroughness, Flexibility, Integrity, Commitment, Honesty, Rationality, Cooperation, Initiative, Focus, Optimism, Perseverance, and Self-Discipline, Courage, Awareness, Self-esteem, Decisiveness, Fairness, Service, Patience, Vision, Gratitude, Creativity, Intuition, Acceptance, Leadership, Tolerance, Open-mindedness, Passion, Compassion, Proactivity, Self-awareness, and Trust.
If you want to be successful, whether at work or in your personal life, sooner or later you'll be challenged to exercise all 40 strengths. And of course there are more than 40. I've been researching and gathering material for 8 more:
Humility, Humor, Faith, Spirituality, Autonomy, Forgiveness, Generosity and Friendship.
Last week a good friend of mine, one of the wisest people I know, asked me, "What about resilience?" Yes! Resilience. I've always thought of resilience as the combination of optimism, perseverance and composure. But hey, why not? It's OK with me if resilience is the 49th unique strength. And there are probably more.
The important thing is that we consciously make the most of our top strengths. And we can try to improve in areas we know we need to work on. We can become a better version of the good and effective people we already are - stronger to do the hard things to deal with the everyday challenges of life and work.
I have more to say about how you do this kind of personal strength-building...