Creating your strengths journey
Using the outline of the User’s Journey you will be able to create a brilliant quest of your own making to discover what your strengths and weaknesses are. I highly recommend you look through the post and create a journey that is completely unique to you.
But if you are struggling (or are simply lazy and want a cheat-code), I’ve outlined a basic one below of what each step could entail. It is however basic, some of the more important areas such as trials, ordeals, and rewards are missing, because they are and will be completely unique to you. You need to determine them, otherwise, this quest will be boring, grinding and eventually useless. Like the man said “(..) I can only show you the door. You’re the one who must walk through it.” — Morpheus “The Matrix”
Steps in the Journey
1. The Call
a. Awareness of the problem: Make sure you know what you want to achieve.
b. Find a solution: Make sure that you’re willing to commit to it.
c. Fear: research effectively to stem the fear of the undertaking (don’t get trapped with paralysis-through-analysis though, spend 2 hours researching, no more).
d. Overcoming fear: Ask a friend, family member or colleague to be a sounding board, and for advice when needed.
e. Committing: Put daily scheduled time for you to do this. Do not get lazy and skip a day or so. Pick a time every day you know you can make without excuses and do the work, even if it’s only 30 mins or 1 hour per day.
2. The Initiation
a. Trials & Experiments:
i. Take online tests
ii. Ask yourself what you enjoy doing?
iii. What are your best qualities?
iv. Put yourself in unfamiliar situations
v. Plan to do new activities that you’ve always wanted to do but never have
vi. Find adversaries to test your skills: either friends or online adversaries in games
vii. Ask friends and family to help you if you’re struggling (Don’t be shy)
viii. Write down a list of your top 5 strengths, or top 5 enjoyable things — can either be rough or refined up to you.
b. Preparing for the change: Once you have a vague idea of what your strengths are, research and select an appropriate challenge for yourself.
i. Ask your allies to verify that it is indeed challenging for you and not something you can fly through
ii. Think of an appropriate reward and consequence for the challenge, and have your allies check this as well. The reward should motivate you and the consequence should offer learning and motivation.
c. The Ordeal: Take the challenge and see what happens
d. The Reward: Hopefully you managed to win if you did then reward yourself, and actually enjoy it, don’t just take it and move on as quickly as you can. Truly savor the reward.
i. If you failed, then analyze, reassess, and try again, or create a new challenge.
3. The Return
a. The Road back: Reflect on the challenge you created and took, really think about it, was it too hard, too easy or, just right? If the latter 2, then make the next one harder.
i. Retake the steps from The Initiation, check for new aspects of yourself, reiterate and innovate the process you went through.
b. The Resurrection: Take your new challenges and ask your allies to verify their difficulty and also talk to them about what you’ve experienced so far, have they seen changes in you.
c. The Return with the elixir: The choice here is to continue on or to use your newly discovered and confirmed strengths in something specifically? Does the adventure continue with you finding a new job, starting a side business, taking up a new life-long hobby, volunteering for something or traveling? The choice is entirely up to you.
Hopefully, this framework, outline, quest will help you to better discover what makes you happy and what you enjoy. Whether it’s something you can get paid to do or even if it’s something you want to get paid for, you may just want to do it for free. By the end of your journey, I sincerely hope you know, or are on the way to finding out in the next quest you set yourself.
I do want to leave you with one last thought. Activities such as these as discovering your strengths, tend to focus quite heavily on that, and they focus very little on discovering your weaknesses and what to do about them. Weaknesses are usually viewed as negatives, you should definitely be aware of them, but don’t focus on them, or rather, don’t become obsessed with them. Sometimes weaknesses can aid your strengths, your strength may be that you are good at teamwork you’re your weakness is that you are terrible at problem-solving. So, make a team that helps your problem solve. Another way of looking at weaknesses, once you are aware of them, you can use them to reverse eliminate what your strengths are by finding the polar opposites on your weaknesses.