Linley (2008) a strength is “a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that is authentic, energizing to the user, and enables optimal functioning, development and performance” (p. 9).
In plain English; we intrinsically love it when we employ our personal talents. Using our strengths mentally energizes us and we become happier, fulfilled, and more productive. By analyzing and reflecting on all the activities we perform each day, we increase our awareness of weaknesses and strengths -- our personal 'Red' and 'Green' Activities.
Activities that do the following for you we call Green Activities:
• you truly enjoy doing
• make you feel energized
• make you forget time
• you look forward to
• you can do well even under conditions of stress or fatigue
Activities that do the following for your we call Red Activities:
• you do not like doing
• make you feel depleted
• seem to pass very slowly
• you don’t look forward to
• require a lot of effort and self-control to do well
Because memory can be highly deceiving, during the next 7 days, you will record the effect of your daily activities on your mental energy level.
-- required a lot of energy
- required some energy
0 did not require energy but did not give energy either
+ gave me positive energy
++ gave me a lot of positive energy