A strength is a particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that enables optimal performance. Your signature strengths are the character strengths that are most essential to who you are. Signature strengths are important to identify and utilise regularly because they will energise you, help build your confidence and help you to achieve success. Here at itsMYtime we use the VIA classification of strengths and virtues to help you identify your character strengths. This model states that 24 character strengths exist that each fall within 1 of 6 broad virtue categories.
Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge.
Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of internal and/or external opposition.
Interpersonal strengths that involve tending and befriending others.
Civic strengths that underlie healthy community life.
Control over one’s emotions and decision making.
Strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning.
To identify your signature strengths you can either select the 5 character strengths from the list that most apply to you and then rank them in order. Or you can take the VIA Strengths Survey which accurately ranks your character strengths in order. To completete the survey you will need to quickly register on the VIA site, answer all questions on the survey, and then finally select to complete survey. This process takes around 15/20 minutes to complete. When you have your results, just transfer your top 5 strengths over to your profile page. These are your signature strengths.
Thinking of new ways to utilise your signature strengths can be challenging as you probably use them regularly without even realising it. The best opportunities to use your signature strengths often occur; when you're at work, in your relationships with others, when engaging with your hobbies and interests, and when you have time alone. If you want some additional help on ways you can begin using your signature strengths more regugularly then check out the VIA's Tips for using character strengths. They propose two ways you can use every single character strength.
Here at itsMYtime we encourage you to use your signature strengths as often as possible and have included them in a number of our wellbeing workouts. This is because effective use of your signature strengths opens you up to a number of benefits that will improve your wellbeing.
Using signature strengths can;