Knowing your strengths can help you be more confident with a more positive attitude. Strength-based recovery uses your goals and talents to help you get through rough times.
This tiny kitten does not look like he has many strengths, but he did. He grew up to be a large healthy cat named Duke. He stayed playful and sweet, but he has developed into being strong and wise.
As we grow in age, we also have the chance to develop and improve. Focusing on your strengths instead of weaknesses can help you toward recovery.
What strengths do you have?
See some common ones listed below (and you may add others). Also think about which ones you would like to improve on:
- Curiosity, or love of learning
- Social intelligence
- Able to adapt
- Able to cope well
- Able to express emotions well
- Energetic or active
- Having faith or spirituality
- Future or goal oriented
- Being a good citizen or team player
- Good sense of humor
- Intelligent or wise
- Polite or kind
- Responsible or trustworthy
- Strong support system
- Having zest for life
Strength-based Recovery promote resilience and self-acceptance for recovery and empowerment. It challenges situations that may seem hopeless or helpless.
Build hope from within. Look at past successes and promote change by asking:
- What has worked before?
- What has not worked?
Remember that you are unique – Your strengths and weaknesses are not the same as anyone else’s . By looking at your own set of strengths, a realistic, specific plan can be made to develop them. Your strengths will help you and your situation as you recover.
Blog # 7 written 12-6-15 by Mary Knutson of Health Vista, Inc.