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Making Strengths-Based Resolutions
I wear dog tags of my Top 5. They are with me each day and stay top of mind.
Put your Top 5 as your phone screensaver. Each time you turn on your phone, you will be reminded of those Strengths.
Create (or buy) a calendar with your Strengths represented.
Keep decals of your Top 5 on your computer, iPad case, office door, etc.
I also wear tags with my husband and two girls’ Strengths. I want to be reminded of how they think, how they process the world around them, so that when we come to a cross roads I can look at that reminder and understand them better. This past year I kept track each month of all the times I saw them work within their talents and gifted them with a journal of my thoughts on their talents.
Having my Top 5 on my phone case allows me to take a BRIEF moment to reflect on how I am using those themes.
Keep a calendar of your Strengths! If you have opened up all 34, then keep your Top 12 in front of you at all times. Focus on a Strength a month to help you start to recognize when it gets fired up!
Decals are also conversation starters. When someone asks about the words, it will give you an opportunity to share your purpose for having them!
On a personal note:
I have been starting a diet each year for the past 10 years. This year I am coming at it in a different way.
My Top 5 are Achiever, Learner, Focus, Positivity, Woo.
Positivity covers all of these activities because each one makes me happy in a special way! It also allows me to share my joy with others!
My “achievement” is not going to be a number on the scale…I’ve done that one too many times with no results. I have done two things. 1- I “measured” myself with a ribbon (no numbers). I will only measure myself once a week. My goal is to either stay the same, or shrink the ribbon. And I will not be upset if it stays the same.
Learner: Each week one of us researches a new activity that we can do. We look for new exercises and fun activities that promote health. Last week we discovered some amazing hiking trails just 10 minutes from our house! Who knew?!
Focus: My Focus is on my family and creating activities that bring us joy and promote health. It can be a workout, walk, hike, visit a local trampoline business, shopping, etc.
Woo: I have gone in with a group of friends to hire a personal trainer once a week. We don’t go to the gym, because we know we will not be committed to it. So, we meet at the local park. My friends bring their kids and dogs and they play while we work. It’s a lot of fun and a time in the week when we can get together, laugh at ourselves, and enjoy having the whole family being away from technology for a little bit! We have also posted our activities on Facebook to share our adventures with our friends and inspire them to take a minute to get out and focus on relationships and fun!
My New Year's Resolution: To have as much fun as possible with my friends and family doing things that are healthy for our bodies, mind, and spirit!
Now, it’s your turn to Rock Your Strengths!