What is Realise2?

A couple of years ago I was introduced to something called Realise2.  I quickly learned this to be an advanced developmental tool to assess people’s individual strengths.  Realise2 consists of various sections that are really useful to distinguish the difference between a strength and a skill.

This may confuse some people, but I will explain.  Have you ever been good at something but it actually felt a bit like a chore to do?  You may be very skilled at multi-tasking and taking on various duties at the same time but it actually leaves you feeling tired and maybe even overwhelmed.  In fact it can be downright draining at times.  So, this is what Realise2 would refer to as a skill opposed to a strength.  If you have these or other qualities but they drain you then they cannot be considered a strength. To be considered a strength you must be skilled at it and it must energise you and make you feel good as well.

Knowing how not to deplete your energy

In the Realise2 model this type of skill would be distinguished as a learned behaviour that should be controlled and regulated so that it does not deplete your energy levels too much.  A learned behaviour is something that we generally picked up in childhood from our parents or guardians.  It is a behavioural trait we learned at a young age to do that has become so ingrained in us we do it automatically and without thinking.  Learned behaviours could include listening, being empathetic, being compassionate and showing courage.  If being compassionate and a good listener is draining you, this could be an indication that you are not focusing on yourself enough and giving yourself enough time to breath and relax without worrying about everybody else.

Realise2 is a fantastic tool that can help you distinguish between your actual strengths and those things that you do well, but are not really a strength because they leave you feeling low and drained.  It is helpful to differentiate between the two so that you can decide which traits you naturally excel at and you should do more opposed to the traits you naturally excel at but should minimise.

About the author: Jamie views Positive Psychology as her lifes’ calling – to help change the world. She is the 47th person in the world to finish the only government accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing in existence. She has designed a free 21-day Happiness Program to introduce people to retraining their brain for greater happiness. www.thehappinessninja.com.au


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