25 Powerful Questions to Discover Your Strengths
Sutton Full Potential Founder
What are your unique gifts? What makes you special?
Discover your strengths with the questions below!
- Grab a pen and turn over the page (or use your journal) to answer these questions, writing down whatever comes to mind – however small or unimportant it might seem. Try to keep all your answers on one page.
- Aim for 3 responses to each question.
- Repeating answers is good – this highlights your strengths and passions!
- If your answer is not a strength, ask, “What strength could lie underneath this?” or “What qualities helped me achieve this?”
- Wrap-up by looking for common themes and patterns; review your answers and circle re-occurring strengths and themes.
- Then write out what you consider to be the Top 10 Strengths on a separate piece of paper. Refer to this list often!
Getting Started – Make a list for each question:
- What are 3 strengths you can think of right away?
- What are you proud of in your life? What do you like about yourself?
- What do you do better than others?
- What do you enjoy or love doing? (we usually enjoy what we’re good at)
- What small things do you do that you find extremely satisfying? What strengths could this point to? (eg. organising the dishwasher, helping people feel welcome, remembering to buy cards/gifts)
What Others Think – Consider how you are seen by others:
- What do you get complimented on? What could be the strengths that lie underneath?
- What would your partner or favourite person in the world say are your Top 3 strengths?
- What would your family say your strengths are? To go deeper, consider each family member in turn.
- What do your friends admire in you? What do you get asked to help with?
- What would your co-workers say are your strong points?
Times You Have Been at Your Best – What lies underneath your success?
- What were your favourite subjects or classes at school? Why? What did you bring to the class?
- When have you felt most energised? What were you doing?
- What have you created and brought into the world? (from childhood to now, anything you’re proud of)
- Consider your various achievements (big & small): What personal traits would you give the credit to?
- What would not be like it is, had you not been part of it? What value did you add? (eg. volunteer or work projects)
Finding the Best in the Worst – What gifts are underneath those tough times?
- Think about when you have stood out and felt uncomfortable: What strengths have you learned to hide?
- Thinking about the worst experiences you have had: What strengths or abilities shine through?
- What challenges have you overcome? What strengths helped you along the way?
- What have you been told “not to be big-headed about”? (this could point to strengths and talents)
- When do you do the opposite of everyone else? What strengths could lie underneath this?
The Unusual and Unexplored – Yearnings, Admiration & More!
- What do you yearn to do? (this suggests possible strengths or talents)
- When have you been criticised for something that is really a strength? (think a parent criticising you for “too much energy/enthusiasm”, teachers criticising you for your “curiosity”)
- What are your unusual or unexpected talents? What does not ‘fit’ or get used in your life?
- What is the strength you have been avoiding?
- What do you admire most in others? Now, where do you already do this in your life?