Best Practice: Identify Your Signature Strengths & Use Them Whenever You Can.

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[This book excerpt is from “Taking Care of Yourself:  Managing Your Priorities, Time, & Energy” in The Project Management Minimalist]

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“… the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths.”
Dr. Martin Seligman in Authentic Happiness

Seligman, former head of the American Psychological Association and founder of the positive psychology movement and science of happiness, has conducted substantial research on the topic of signature strengths and how they relate to happiness and success. His findings: When you identify and use your signature strengths as often as you can, particularly in your work, you will be more likely to be happy and successful.

Here are four things you can do to leverage your signature strengths:

  • Go to Seligman’s Authentic Happiness website
    ( http://www.authentichappiness.org ), sign up for free membership, and complete the VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire.
  • Think about your Signature Strengths and think about the kinds of things people do in your organization.
  • Volunteer to do small chores that use your Signature Strengths.
  • Volunteer for entire projects that use your Signature Strengths.

And remember: If you can’t always use your Signature Strengths at your workplace, you might want to volunteer at a local non-profit or charity that could use your talents. Not only will you be making the world a better place, but there’s clinical evidence to show that you’ll probably be happier!

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[This book excerpt was from “Taking Care of Yourself:  Managing Your Priorities, Time, & Energy” in The Project Management Minimalist]

Posted: May 30th, 2012 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management.
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