The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body. – Dr. Bruce Lipton
When you think of your life story, what comes to mind first? Is it the rocky paths, the uphill battles, the moments of doubt and despair? Or do you find yourself reveling in your successes, your strengths, and the times you overcame adversity?
Each one of us, in the grand tapestry of life, has faced problems – some minuscule and some mountainous. However, the true test of character isn’t in the problems we face but in how we perceive and respond to them.
The Trap of Problem-Centric Living
Too often, we get caught in a cycle where our problems become the centerpiece of our life story. We become so engrossed in our challenges that we allow them to shape our identity. When asked, “Who are you?” the immediate responses might be related to our setbacks or our perceived inadequacies.
But there’s a brighter, more empowering perspective waiting to be embraced. As a Personal Development Coach, I’ve seen the transformative power of shifting focus from problems to assets. It’s like witnessing a metamorphosis – from a cocooned mindset to a vibrant, liberated perspective.
Your Assets Are Your Superpowers
Think about your unique strengths for a moment. I’ve had the privilege of helping many delve into their CliftonStrengths, revealing attributes like Strategic, Futuristic, Learner, and Activator. These aren’t just words; they are lenses through which you view the world. They’re tools in your toolkit, waiting to be harnessed.
When you lead with your assets, you’re no longer reacting to life but rather proactively shaping it. You see, problems are often opportunities in disguise. (I call them “growing pains”.) Your strengths, those innate talents, enable you to decipher and harness those opportunities.
For instance, if you’re Strategic, you have the uncanny ability to find patterns and make sense out of chaos. Rather than getting overwhelmed by problems, use this strength to navigate through them, charting a clear path forward.
Rewriting Your Story
Your life is not a linear sequence of events. It’s a dynamic, ever-evolving narrative. Every day, you have the choice to decide which chapters you emphasize.
Remember, problems are but temporary roadblocks. (Reminding yourself that “this too shall pass” helps.) They do not define you. Your strengths, your passion, your purpose – these are your true defining features.
In the words of my own purpose, it’s about “helping humans grow” and understanding the emotional empowerment to help make the world a better place. When we focus on assets, when we harness our strengths for the greater good, we not only uplift ourselves but also those around us.
Embrace the visionary in you. Understand the real role of your strengths as means to support not only yourself but entire communities. Let your assets shine brightly, illuminating the path not only for yourself but for others as well.
In the end, don’t just face problems, transcend them. Rise above, powered by the unwavering belief in your assets, and craft a life story that is truly extraordinary.
Together, we can create a world where we are defined not by our challenges, but by our strengths.