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Strengths Unleashed: Empowering Professionals to Rise Above Frustration


Determined young boy in  blue, red and white superhero dress up costume. Quote reads: It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of  the mind and soul. By Tamara Judge, Keystone Coaching

As professionals navigating the intricate path of careers while dealing with the challenges of arthritis, frustration can often feel like an unwelcome companion. Yet, in the heart of this frustration lies a powerful tool waiting to be harnessed – your strengths.


Discovering Your Strengths

Understanding your strengths is the first step towards empowerment. Not sure what your strengths are? Reflect on activities that energise you and make you feel accomplished. Think about what comes naturally to you, what tasks you excel in, and where you find the most satisfaction. Seek feedback from colleagues, friends, and family about the qualities they admire in you.


Perhaps you possess the gift of empathy, a sharp analytical mind, or a remarkable ability to communicate effectively. Identifying your strengths lays the foundation for navigating challenges with resilience. Online assessments like the VIA Character Strengths survey or Strengths Profile (both of which I use with my coaching clients) can also provide valuable insights into your unique strengths landscape.


Leveraging Your Strengths

Once you've recognised your strengths, the next step is leveraging them to tackle frustration head-on:


1. Problem-Solving Brilliance:

If critical thinking is your strength, approach frustration as a puzzle. Break down the issue into manageable parts, identify root causes, and brainstorm innovative solutions. Your analytical prowess can turn frustration into an opportunity to showcase your problem-solving finesse.


2. Unyielding Determination:

Should determination be one of your strengths, draw inspiration from past achievements. Remind yourself of instances where your unwavering resolve led to success. Apply the same determination to overcome the source of frustration. Your persistence can transform obstacles into stepping stones.


3. Resilience in Action:

For those strong in resilience, view frustration as a test of your inner strength. Reflect on past setbacks you've surmounted. Apply the same resilience to the current situation. Each frustration becomes a chance to reaffirm your ability to thrive amidst challenges.




Transforming Challenges into Triumphs

Leveraging your strengths isn't just about overcoming frustration; it's about personal growth and professional advancement. By embracing your strengths, you not only rise above momentary setbacks but also cultivate a mindset of empowerment.


Arthritis Warriors, your strengths are your secret weapons. The very attributes that make you unique also equip you to conquer frustration and elevate your professional journey. Embrace your strengths, and watch frustration transform into a stepping stone on the path to success.


Empower yourself to rise above frustration, one strength at a time.





 
Portrait photo of Tamara Judge from Keystone Coaching, smiling and holding three coloured notebooks against a turquoise background.

Author: Tamara Judge


Bio: Tamara is a positive psychology consultant, coach and the founder of Keystone Coaching. She combines her expert knowledge in multidimensional positive psychology and coaching with her lived experience of rheumatoid arthritis to help professionals with chronic illness to thrive in their life and career. Tamara is passionate about raising the profile of wellbeing for professionals with autoimmune conditions, and empowering individuals & leaders to support, actively engage in & value opportunities for self-care.


She is an accredited coach at Senior Practitioner Level with the EMCC, holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology from the University of East London and is a qualified Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher.


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