Depression and anxiety are very good at convincing us that we are not good enough. That we are weak. That we donât have what it takes to overcome challenges in life. But theyâre wrong. Learn how to reveal your strengths with this new LifeTOOL.
I love learning about and trying out new tools. Better yet, I love sharing new tools, and I have a great one to share with you today!
Focusing on Strengths
I am a firm believer that focusing on strengths rather than deficits can have a tremendous positive impact on our lives.
Depression, anxiety, or any illness, for that matter, can steal away our ability to see our strengths, leaving us even more vulnerable.
A New LifeTOOL
The LifeTOOL Iâm about to share with you originally came from Joe Polish. It was shared with me by my mentor in an online training program I am completing. I tried it myself just morning, and now I am passing it along!
Hereâs what you will need:
- A sheet of paper (full-size, 8Â½ Ã 11)
- Something to write with
Hereâs what to DO:
- Take the piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise.
- On the left half of the folded paper, write the names of three people you respect and admire. You could include people in your life (living or not) and/or those youâve never met (i.e., famous people, spiritual people, even fictional characters). Note: Itâs helpful if you leave a few inches of space beneath each name.
- On the right half of the folded paper, across from each name, write down three qualities or characteristics that you admire or respect about that person.
- Now, that you have completed the list of qualities, read through them.
- (Iâll leave you some time to do so nowâ¦.)
- As you read, realize how these qualities and characteristics are already PRESENT IN YOU! In technical terms, what youâve done is called âprojection.â We assign to others what we see in or think about ourselves!
For a Bonus Impact . . .
Take only the qualities and characteristics youâve identified and transfer them to a 3 Ã 5 index card or a small piece of paper.
Read this list once after you wake up and once before you go to sleep!
Leave a comment below and share one or two of your answers!
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
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