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It’s so much easier to focus on your weaknesses and things that aren’t working but it is your strengths that will get you through the tough times. It takes a lot of courage to step beyond your weaknesses and focus on your strengths when you are feeling down. Here is a little exercise that can help you.

  1. Write the words I AM followed with your top 3 strengths on a 3×5 card or ½ sheet of paper. If you don’t know what your top 3 strengths are ask some of your best friends or family members. You may be surprised what they come up with.
  2. On the other side, write the initials for the days of the week. S, M, T …
  3. Every time, you feel discouraged, say “STOP”, repeat the statement, I AM and whatever strengths you came up with. Say your strengths out loud. Then put a check under whatever day of the week it is. If you say this and really mean it, each time discouragement comes knocking, you will find yourself focused on your strengths versus getting caught up thinking about your weaknesses. This powerful little tool will allow you to go from discouragement to more courage within minutes or even seconds.

Let me know how this exercise worked for you by posting below.

Remember, your story matters.