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Especially now, you may want to build strengths that you previously have not focused much energy or attention on. This desire often emerges after life events that change your motivation to use a strength that was dormant in the past.
Perhaps during this pandemic you have new demands or find a need for a greater expression of a particular strength. Or you may be at a point where you are interested in growth, and this includes growing your repertoire of go-to strengths.
The strengths you choose to build are most likely those strengths that you feel would help you most in some aspect of your life. It can be encouraging to target the strengths that you want to build.
Let me share a note with you from an inspiring woman named Ally who was able to build a strength with great success during a time of personal growth:
“Of my top strengths, two of them are curiosity and love of learning, while one of my lowest ranked strengths is perseverance. All of a sudden, I realized why I am constantly beginning new projects and never completing them. I abandon the old idea because I get excited about learning about a new one, and with little perseverance, it’s a perfect storm for never finishing anything. In fact, I had become so discouraged that I was to the point of not even starting anything — assuming I wouldn’t finish!
“I always assumed these were character flaws that were an unchangeable part of my personality. Then I realized that my strengths ranking wasn’t set in stone. I have all 24 strengths, and I can build upon my lesser strengths! I may have been neglecting some of them, but they’re all at my disposal!
“This idea was really motivating, and perseverance has taken on tremendous importance for me. I now truly care about finishing what I start. I even keep a list of everything I finish. Projects big and small that never made it past the good idea stage are now making the list of accomplishments — everything from planting a rose in honor of my mother to web publishing past speeches — and each thing I complete returns the energy of accomplishment rather than the dejection of unfinished failure.”