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Occupy Your Strength Zone

A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.

~Mahatma Gandhi~

It’s never too late for you to become the person you were designed to be. One of my favorite quotes is by Dr. Martin Luther King, he said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” When you engage life with openness and a willingness to adapt to what is happening now in your life, this attitude of mind can help to create the energy that attracts more of what you desire to experience in life. On the other hand, when your heart is hardened by mental and emotional suffering from your life experiences, it is often difficult to attract new possibilities for happiness and success.

Your thoughts are creating energy of emotions and behaviors that are like magnets, attracting to you what your thoughts are transmitting in your life. Dr. Caroline Leaf writes in her book, Who Switched Off My Brain? “A thought may seem harmless, but if it becomes toxic, even just a thought can become physically, emotionally or spiritually dangerous.” She points out, “Thoughts are measurable and occupy mental “real estate”. Thoughts are active, they grow and change. Thoughts influence every decision, word, action and physical reaction we make”. Never underestimate the influence of a thought. Therein lay the power to change your life by helping you to occupy your strength zone.

 Clue-In to Your Strength Zone

You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.

~Tom Rath~

What is your mental and emotional energy attracting in your life? Are you able to leverage your time and resources toward that which strengthens and empowers you? Do you have opportunities on a daily basis to express your best self? What fires up your emotional energy? What gives you a sense of purpose and meaning in life? Lao Tzu wrote, “He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

The following “clue-in” statements will help you to develop and sustain an awareness of what fuels your passion and confidence in life. Your answers provide you with clues as to what amps up your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual energies.  Paying close attention to activities and people who inspire you to feel strong, capable and assure of your ability, even when there is a learning curve involved with a task, indicates areas of your “strength zone”. The more time that you spend in your strength zone, the more happiness and success you will experience in every aspect of your life.

Get out a blank sheet of paper or two, and answer the following statements.

1.      I am passionate about my life when I think…

2.      I am passionate about my life when I feel…

3.      I am passionate about my life when I do…

4.      I am confident about my life when I think…

5.      I am confident about my life when I feel…

6.      I am confident about my life when I do…

7.      What patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors do you recognize when you feel passionate and confident about life?

8.      Which of your daily activities inspire you to be passionate and confident about the direction of your life?

9.      How can you expand the amount of time that you spend engaged in purpose driven activities that inspire you to be passionate and confident about the direction of your life?

10. Based on what you’ve been told by others, what areas of your life do people acknowledge as an aspect of your life in which you express your best self?
Reimagining new possibilities and occupying your strength zone requires that you become attuned to your innate strengths. More often than not, tasks that come naturally to you represent a few of your strengths. It is well documented by countless research, that individuals who spend more time engaged with people and tasks that supports the expression of their innate strengths are more likely to be happier, satisfied and successful in life. I recommend reading Tom Rath's book, Strengths Finder 2.0. Success leaves clues. Your answers to the previous ten statements should jump start your efforts in occupying your strength zone. As you do, you will express the best in you and live your best life.

It’s Your Move ~ Aspire Higher

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