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  • Writer's pictureLouise Lombaard

How can I benefit from knowing my strengths?

"For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again."-F. Scott Fitzgerald

In Self (intrapersonal)

  • Setting boundaries

Healthy boundaries are necessary components for self-care.

Without boundaries, we feel depleted, taken advantage of, taken for granted, or intruded upon. Whether it's in work or in our personal relationships.

Setting boundaries start with understand your natural energy and need, from there you know what you can tolerate and where to draw the line. Without healthy boundaries it may lead to resentment, hurt, anger, and burnout.

  • Understanding your needs when giving & receiving

This extends on what you may already know as love languages. Most of you may be familiar with the five love languages. The five love languages are five different ways of expressing and receiving love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.

As valuable as knowing these are, understanding you'r natural patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving can help you dive deeper into how you give and receive and may even outline why you have a specific love language.

  • Awareness of thinking, feeling & behavioural patterns

Having awareness and actively engaging and tapping into your natural patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving is a key step to self love and personal well being.

If you understand how you think and process information, implementing boundaries and expressing those needs become tangible in a way.

Understanding how you navigate and implement feelings can help you know when and how to manage your feelings and even sometimes the feelings of others.

Finally, understanding your behavioural patterns, such as understanding where you naturally start in response to things, be it in the heart, the head or in action, can truly help navigate towards your next step forward.

Socially (interpersonal)

  • Managing conflict

​Through awareness established in the self, the benefits of navigating conflict are improved relationships, creative solutions, lasting agreements for addressing current and future challenges.

  • ​Social awareness (what strengthens & drains others)

Just as establish a strong self awareness, understanding others with regards to how they think, feel and behave is socially beneficial with regards to navigating a social setup as successfully as possible, the key being to move in with a curious mind.

  • Self management

Finally, understanding yourself better you can navigate yourself in social aspects too, understanding how to express your thoughts and needs, its a natural way of establishing boundaries.

Moving forward

  • Time management

​Having time management skills, according to the internet is a copy and paste approach, however, as a unique individual with your own thoughts, feelings and behavioural patterns, you may want to manage your time in a way that suits your unique flow.

  • Shaping your route forward that's best suited to you as a unique individual

​Your next best step might NOT BE to go to university, or getting the promotion, your next best step is the step that feeds your natural energy and need with regards to how you think, feel and behave.

  • Setting goals & accountability

Finally, having a direction to move in may be vital for your growth, except knowing where that is may be difficult to identify. The beauty is you have your whole life and there is not set way to do this. Through coaching you can figure it out with an accountability partner, the best way is always trial and error.

These were all brief dives into the different potential benefits and points of impact, there are so many other areas of benefits that come form knowing your strengths and going on a coaching journey. If you are interested then you can get in touch and we can explore what will work best for you.

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