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There is a famous quote: “Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” But, how can we use this advice to help us with our day-to-day work tasks? I'll tell you. Take one small act and turn it into a habit that allows us to use our character strengths. This new habit can change the way we feel at work, and we have the number to prove it.
Many times after a business or work meeting, especially those involving one-on-one interaction, I would leave the meeting and a voice in my head would say: You should have said _____. Why didn’t you bring up _____? Why did you hold back? You could have been smoother when you were discussing ____. The other person wasn’t receptive to my idea about ___. I should have explained it better. And on and on my thinking would go.
I enjoy bringing my strengths to my work. I express my curiosity as I open up each new e-mail message, I express hope as I help clients work through struggles, and I express love (warmth and genuineness) with my colleagues as we discuss new ideas and process daily work happenings. This fills me with a greater passion and commitment to my work. How about you? Do you express your highest character strengths each day at your job? The research has been clear:
As a member of a team, consider these two possible scenarios: 1.) You focus on your personal strengths and abilities. 2.) You focus on the strengths and abilities of your team. Which approach is more likely to perform better?