When we think about our strengths we may recognise some, but others recognise in us but we don’t. Some strengths we think we have but others are not so sure, and so it is with skills.
Here I am providing a list of skills for you to contemplate, again other may recognise more skills than we recognise in ourselves. When you feel you have scored yourself and others have scored you and given you feedback you can set the two lists (Strengths and Skills) alongside each other and be informed without any sense of self-criticism. Straighten your back, relax and allow your breathing to deepen slightly, with each intake of breath bringing those skills and strengths into your body and really becoming a part of you. These are well you build from. These are your solid base. We move towards what we need to draw upon as imagineers, remembering it’s easier to build from strengths than to start on perceived weaknesses.
The 4 D’s in Appreciative Inquiry look at Discovery (what is), Dream (about what might be), Design (what could be) Destiny (the completion of what has to be). When you have adsorbed your stengths and skills you can allow the questions around what the 4 Ds might mean for you. Allow plenty of time and space for this exercise because the conscious mind will try and limit your thinking, instead let it drop into your subconscious because even when the conscious mind thinks nothing is happening the subconscious never stops working, as Einstein knew so well.
- Task organiser
- People organiser
- Painting/drawing/3 dimensional
- Decision making
- Hobby specific
- Job specific
- Problem Solving
- and any more that you can think of
Once again, get feedback from others and ask for actual examples from people so that you know that thier feedback is real.
Reflect on what you are beginning to discover about yourself.
Think about yourself around the age of 14, what was it that fired that younger you?
What still feels repressed?
What are the things about you that have been shut in a dark room for years and now need to blossom.