I recently attended an interesting presentation on coaching and developing resilience. The key focus of this presentation was self-reflection and recognising our strengths.
Sound straightforward? That’s what I thought…
I quickly discovered that it’s much easier said than done. Reflecting on our own strengths and achievements can be difficult, particularly if we keep shifting the goalposts. Continuously looking at the gap between our current and ideal selves can leave us feeling dissatisfied. By recognising our strengths more often, it’s easier to remind ourselves of these when things don’t go according to plan.
One way for organisations to create and sustain resilience in their employees is to encourage this strengths-based self-reflection by sharing and celebrating successes. These achievements don’t need to be big, bold success stories. The simple act of acknowledging our progress can help us to recognise our strengths, appreciate and support one another, as well as ease the process of developing and achieving our goals for the future. How do you celebrate success in the workplace?
Have you ever sat down with your colleagues to reflect on what you have achieved at the end of the week? Or perhaps considered which of your personal strengths helped you to get there?
How do you think you would benefit from taking the time to reflect in this way?
Focusing on our strengths certainly doesn’t imply that we should walk around in a state of blind optimism, but there is a lot to be gained from learning to balance our focus between what we want to achieve in the future, and what we have achieved so far.
I would encourage you all to try it. Trust me… it’s not as easy as it sounds, but the benefits are worth it.