Strengths are also called virtues and values because of their fundamental importance. They are your ways of “being” who you really are. These superhighways of neuropathways are unique to you and they are the only ones that you can travel and be who you really are. Your values, as your strengths, are who you are. Get off the highway and some voice within you-the voice of all your feelings-will start to give you messages that you need to change your direction, make a turn, take the next exit and go back, just as surely as the GPS system for a car won’t give up until you’re on the right track.
The greater your alignment, your consistency and your focus are on your strengths, the more in alignment with your Real Self you are going to feel. You will feel more in sync, more in control, more in harmony, more like you are “in your own skin.” It is when we play to our weaknesses that we begin to feel “out of sync,” disconnected, out of alignment, anxious, frustrated, and in a state of discord.
The more you use your strengths, that are also your basic values and virtues, the happier you will be.
Read the “StrengthSmart” chapter in Growing the Positive Mind.