Strength Activity 1: Choose Your Strengths

Strength Activity 1:

Choose Your Strengths

This is a personal adventure. We encourage you to review all the categories, but you’ll still benefit if you just do a few. You may want to use a journal or take notes on a device. Enjoy!

Helpful Tips:

There are a few ways to approach choosing your best qualities. 

  • One is to reflect on your own observations. This exercise isn’t about comparing yourself to others, but we do gather information by how we are different than other people. Perhaps you have noticed some qualities come more naturally to you than they do to others.
  • Another is to recall what friends, family, mentors, and community members have said. They may have noticed qualities in you.

Having evidence from our own story is powerful, even if it’s subjective. Have fun seeing how wonderful you are! 🙂


There are two steps to this process. Step 1 has two options to help you choose your qualities. In Step 2 you get to declare which qualities are your strengths.

Step 1: Option 1 – The Story Method

Our mind holds onto stories. Remembering our stories sometimes an easier way for us to see our qualities rather than starting with a word list.


  1. Think of a time, even recently, when you felt good about something you were a part of. It could be an achievement, the way you interacted with people, or something you experienced that you love to do.
  2. Then use the Word List to choose the words that name what you saw in yourself.

Step 1: Option 2 – The Word Method

Sometimes finding the right words ground us and remind us of who we are. From there we can remember the times we’ve used our strengths.


  • Choose qualities that you believe you have from the list of strengths below. If you’d rather not use all the sections, pick a few that resonate with you. _________________________________________________________________________

List of Strengths:

  • These strengths have been categorized to make the exercise easier. However, many could fit in one or more categories.

Strengths – What you might be like as a person:

  1. Humble – seeing oneself realistically
  2. Confident
  3. Self-reflective
  4. Creative
  5. Independent 
  6. Enthusiastic
  7. Decisive
  8. Artistic in nature – inspired by color, beauty, and design
  9. Artistic in practice – musically gifted, putting items together well, gifted in visual art
  10. Enthusiastic
  11. Open Minded
  12. Even keel
  13. Flexible
  14. Not overwhelmed easily
  15. Supportive of others
  16. Not typically fearful
  17. Approachable
  18. Transparent
  19. Calming presence
  20. Expressive
  21. Relaxed
  22. Structured
  23. Dependable
  24. Intuitive
  25. Invigorated by competition
  26. Adaptable
  27. Verbal
  28. Visual 
  29. Resilient
  30. Careful

Strengths – What your approach to work or school might look like:

The descriptors in “What you might like” may apply here as well. Feel free to use those for this category also. 

  1. Aims for excellence
  2. Logical thinker – there’s an order and process that’s easily accessible to your thought process
  3. Global thinker – one idea or fact takes you to another idea and you see the big picture
  4. Accurate
  5. Task oriented
  6. Relationally oriented
  7. Detail oriented
  8. Organized 
  9. Methodical
  10. Consistent
  11. Efficient 
  12. Thrive with variety
  13. Thrive with repeated rhythms

Strengths – Roles you might take in a team:

  1. Leader
  2. Support for the leader
  3. Team player
  4. Planner/Strategist – clearly sees ways to accomplish goals or tasks
  5. Encourager
  6. Observer
  7. Visionary – ideas of what things could be like if changes occur
  8. Motivator
  9. Peacemaker
  10. Behind the scenes person
  11. Care giver
  12. Energizer
  13. Learner
  14. Researcher

Strengths – What you might have to offer:

  1. Kindness
  2. Generosity
  3. Gentleness
  4. Faithfulness
  5. Self-Control
  6. Thoughtfulness
  7. Humility
  8. Service Oriented
  9. Integrity
  10. Empathy
  11. Sense of humor
  12. Strong Opinions
  13. Strong healthy boundaries
  14. High tolerance for chaos 
  15. Wisdom
  16. Strong belief system
  17. Life experience in relevant areas
  18. Foresight – easily sees how something could lead to in the future 
  19. Wide range of emotions
  20. Small range of emotions

Strengths – What you might do well:

  1. Ask for help when needed
  2. Strive to view oneself and others accurately
  3. Follow well
  4. Generate ideas
  5. Communicate clearly
  6. Write clearly
  7. Listen well
  8. Persuade
  9. Connect people
  10. Remember people easily
  11. Remember data and facts easily
  12. Use an existing system
  13. See how physical parts fit together – a mechanical mindset
  14. Have spatial awareness
  15. Create and develop systems
  16. See the big picture 
  17. Cast a vision – motivate and encourage others toward a goal
  18. Complete tasks consistently
  19. Estimates time to complete a project well
  20. Teach / tutor others
  21. See the potential in others
  22. Inspire others toward success
  23. Operate well under pressure
  24. Evaluate to find a better solution
  25. Hospitality in welcoming others and/or providing for their needs
  26. Speak well in front of a crowd
  27. Follow directions easily 
  28. Assimilate information easily
  29. Confront well – someone you’d want to hear constructive criticism from
  30. Gather people
  31. Overcome
  32. Repair relationships
  33. Adapt to circumstances

YOU DID IT!!!! 🙂


Step 2 – Choose which qualities you believe are your strengths.

Directions: From the words you chose, decide which of the qualities are actually your strengths.

  • Helpful Tip: If you believe you have 50% of the quality, it might be a strength. If you think you are 70% or higher, it’s safe to say it’s a strength. If you rate yourself at 80%, it is probably a high level strength.

To take this step is an accomplishment in and of itself!!! 🙂