In our work as coaches, consultants, and writers of the Monday Morning Business Coach, you’ve likely heard us discuss the importance of using your top skills and strengths in your personal and professional life.

Studies continue to show that the more you use your core skills and strengths, the more motivated, engaged, and satisfied you are with your life. In a recent post titled Your Authentic Self, we talked about some of our top suggestions to uncover your top skills and strengths.

Today, we wanted to share with you another great way to think about yourself with information about the Via Institute and the work they’ve been doing on character. defines character as your ethical, moral, and social attitudes and beliefs.

Through their research, Via Institute has seen that, “when you discover your greatest [character] strengths, you can use them to face life’s challenges, work toward goals, and feel more fulfilled both personally and professionally.” We’ve witnessed this time and again in our own lives, in the lives of our loved ones and our clients.

Have you noticed that when you’re using the best of yourself, you feel more satisfied, accomplished, or successful?

If you’re interested in identifying your top character strengths, Via Institute offers a free version here, along with some additional information you may find helpful.

Consider adding these Via character strengths to your core criteria of life priorities, top skills, and preferred working environment. It’s another layer to support you in assessing what you want in this one great life of yours.

If everything is on track and you’re feeling satisfied and successful—we applaud you! If things aren’t on track and this helps you to identify any area that isn’t in alignment with your needs, then you can start to look for the possibilities to make a change.

We know that change can be a difficult process and want to remind you of the power of taking small steps.

When it comes to changing the work you do or the relationships you have, it can seem daunting and yet, if you just take one small step today, you’re well on your way.


“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction
ends up being the biggest step of your life.
Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.”

– Naeem Callaway

What will your small step be?

If you’d like support uncovering your core criteria, identifying possibilities, or making changes, contact us today.