What are your strengths?
When you think about ADHD, do you often think first about your challenges? While it is important to have clarity around your challenge, I encourage you to first take your time to identify your strengths. Go ahead, take some time to think. Grab a piece of paper and write down at least 4 strengths that you have. Don’t take time to evaluate, just get them down on paper. Be as specific as you can. If more than 4 come to mind, keep going, keep writing.
After you get those down on paper, brainstorm a little more. What other strengths can you add? How can you add a variation to something you already wrote down? Your new additions might sound close to what you already wrote down, but keep adding as many as you can.
Interview a few people and ask them questions about your strengths. Some examples are included below.
- What strengths do you find in me?
- How can I use these strengths more frequently?
- What would you tell others about me if they asked about my strengths?
One of my favorite sites for identifying strengths is http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu. They have several on-line assessments. The Brief Strengths Test is a quick one that helps people identify their strengths. I think you will find it insightful.
What are your strengths? How do you use them? I look forward to hearing from you!