There is sacred task each of us have in this lifetime. It is to discover our soul potentials and develop them fully, invest time in understanding our signature strengths and realize our disruptive skills to thoroughly disrupt people’s limiting beliefs of us.
Soul potentials are talents and abilities waiting to be fully discovered, developed and honed to perfection. Some of these may be apparent but many are latent, waiting to be discovered. Exploring soul potentials in depth can help us access an inner strength and power that is unlimited. Soul potentials can help us find strong roots. I will circle back to more about soul potentials and how to discover them towards the end because soul potential is the most refined concept of all of the three concepts mentioned in this post.
Signature strengths are character strengths that are most essential to who we are. We all possess them in varying degrees making us absolutely unique. These strengths are easily identifiable and are morally and universally valued. They encompass our capacities for helping ourselves and others and produce positive effects when we express them.
Now let me ask you a question, when you wake up in the morning are you excited to start your day – or do you feel dread, avoidance, apathy? Thinking these reactions as fixed personality styles is a mistake. The emotions we experience as you get out of bed are often a function of whether we spend our days using our signature strengths — or trying frantically to correct our weaknesses.
Knowing our signature strengths frees us in a fundamental way and opens us up to collaboration knowing we can never do it all alone but together we can achieve something phenomenal.
When we all play from our strengths we place ourselves we poise ourselves for success by focusing on the tasks we can do well and investing time effort energy and intention to deliver it. Doing anything else is forcing ourselves in an ill-fitting template.
According to Harvard Business Review, the Reflected Best Self (RBS) exercise has helped managers and business professionals to develop a sense of their “personal best” in order to increase their future potential. The RBS exercise is but one example there are many new approaches coming forth from an area of research called positive organizational scholarship (POS).
Identify Respondents and Ask for Feedback
The first step in the exercise is to collect feedback from a variety of people in your life. Many research studies show that people pay keen attention to negative information. This means that we often focus on aspect of ourselves and others that need improvement rather than the positives about ourselves. In order to develop a full range or broader and richer understanding of ourselves, we need to ask for feedback from those who know us well, by gathering input from a variety of sources—family members, past and present colleagues, friends, teachers, and so on—we can develop a much broader and richer understanding of ourselves. This first step is to awaken us to strengths we may have overlooked, and allow us to tap into our highest potential.
The second stage of this exercise is to loo for common themes among the feedback and adding to the examples with through introspection and observations of our own. Then all of the information needs to be organised into a table.
Compose Your Self-Portrait
The last step is to create a description of yourself that clearly recapitulates and extracts the most essential part of the accumulated information. All of the themes from the feedback and the self-observations should be woven into a composite of who you are at your best. The self-portrait is not designed to be a complete psychological and cognitive profile. It is more an insightful image to use as a reminder of achievements and as a guide for future action. Writing the portrait in prose composition is the best, rather than a set of bullet points.
An article in Harvard Business Review suggests always start a self portrait with “When I am at my best, I…” by following the suggestion of writing out a two- to four-paragraph narrative we are firmly establishing the image of our best self in our consciousness. The narrative is meant to serve to draw connections between the themes in our lives that may previously have seemed disjointed or unrelated. This exercise takes time, careful consideration and sincerity to achieve the optimum outcome.
Investing time and effort in this process deepens our understanding of the many qualities and abilities we may not have noticed or even considered. These insights and internal work change how we do everything. You may also life to try a survey of character strengths, by answering a comprehensive test offered on the website of the University of Pennsylvania.
Here are my top five signature strengths.
• Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith: You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
• Creativity, ingenuity, and originality: Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.
• Zest, enthusiasm, and energy: Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or half-heartedly. For you, life is an adventure.
• Capacity to love and be loved: You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
• Industry, diligence, and perseverance: You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.
These show me I am happiest when I am involved in projects that have a sense of higher purpose and spirituality where I can be of service. I like looking for creative ways of approaching projects so I see new possibilities and perspectives as well as show people how to approach or do things differently. Because I do things wholeheartedly I would never leave someone or something without finding a happy solution. All of these along with my high-energy and capacity to love make me ideal to be a spiritual entrepreneur who mentors people and facilitates their transformation.
Disruptive Skills are capabilities and capacities that are so innate you may not even consciously recognize them, or skills you have honed over years of practice. These are the skills that can help you carve out a disruptive niche. How do you identify the skills that disrupt others’ previously-established judgment of your worth to them? According to Harvard Business Review, here are 3 questions to ask your self:
What do you do reflexively well?
Marcus Buckingham, the author of Now — Discover Your Strengths, frames it well: “Our strengths…clamor for attention in the most basic way: Using them makes you feel strong. Take note of the times when you feel invigorated, inquisitive, successful…These moments are clues to what your strengths are.”
What do others identify as being your best skills?
Often the feedback of trusted friends and colleagues will surprise us on what they value as our core strengths. Keeping a systematic 360-degree feedback and analysis will help us realise if we are discounting a strength that others value and helps us gain a new perspective about ourselves.
Do you have a confluence of skills?
Not everyone can be extraordinary at everything, however we can all be good at several things. We have developed varied competencies and skill-sets through the rich experience in our lives. I will use my own example here:
I have over 12 years of experience in branding and marketing, specifically 8 years in digital and social media marketing and more than 15 years of studying spirituality, holistic healing modalities and meditation. Combined with my 8-year stint working to build a start-up from ground up and making it into a seriously profitable business gives me unique insight and advantage in helping market start – ups and businesses of spiritual entrepreneurs or those who want to build their business around conscious living.
And now I circle back to soul potentials. How do we discover our soul potentials? The soul carries infinite wisdom since its creation. Each soul potential is linked to our purpose (read my blog on the importance of purpose) we carry these potentials in order to be able to accomplish the ultimate purpose our rai·son d’ê·tre (the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence).
Discovering our soul potential requires that we build an intimate relationship with our soul. There are many ways to do this. I have found the opening spiritual channels programs of Master Sha very effective in establishing basic understanding of the soul, its characteristics and opening our soul language to connect with soul. Through soul language and soul language translation the soul can communicate its potentials, alternatively meditations on soul potentials are effective in determining these.
Working with a spiritual mentor or facilitator who has experience in soul language translation and meditations is a good place to begin the journey.