Who Am I: What Are Your Strengths, What Are Your Weaknesses

 

It is human nature for people to compare themselves to the people they are around the most. It is natural that you might either feel inferior or superior to them because of their weaknesses or strengths.

Every person is different, and everyone functions differently due to their personalities.

The important thing is to know your capacities and yourself. Your strengths are the things that you can depend on that help you push yourself beyond your limits.

Basically, your weaknesses aren’t your downfall. These are just some areas that you need to improve. They aren’t anything that you are lacking. They are things that you have to develop. In order to use your strengths and improve your weaknesses, you have to know what they are first.

Most people don’t have any idea what their weaknesses or strengths are. We have to take the time to assess ourselves if we want to improve our own development.

 

Know Your Strengths

 

Your biggest strength is going to be whatever comes easiest to you. Take your time and think about what you can do naturally. It might be anything. You might not have any problems talking to people when you meet them for the first time. Maybe you can think up solutions when you find yourself in a tense environment.

Try this exercise. From the list of words below, pick five that sound most like you and put them in order. The last one—or the number five—will be the one that sounds least like you whereas the number one is most like you.

Don’t choose any attributes that you would like to have. Only choose the ones that truly sound like you. You can pick more than five if you like to.

Once you have your list, you know what your strengths are. You can use them to help you get everything you want.

Action-oriented

Athletic

Compassionate

Courageous

Disciplined

Focused

Intelligent

Optimistic

Patient

Team-oriented

Adventurous

Authentic

Creative

Strong

Detail-oriented

Leader

Open-minded

Empathetic

Will Powered

Analytical

Communicative

Helpful

Organized

Responsible

Trustworthy

Confident

Determined

Emotionally Intelligent

Flexible

Inspiring

Motivated

Self-controlled

Visionary

 

Know Your Weaknesses

 

It is just as important to know your weaknesses as your strengths. Your weaknesses are going to hold you back from getting a lot of wonderful things. Weaknesses are things that you need to power through. It might be anything - from social skills to talking to strangers.

This next exercise is similar to the one you did earlier. You are going to pick five things from the list that you think represent you. The number five is the one that is least like you and the number one is most like you.

Once you have the list of weaknesses, you can start taking care of them.

Aggressive

Close-minded

Cynical

Ignorant

Insensitive

Lazy

Naïve

Prejudiced

Shallow

Stubborn

Vague

Arrogant

Complaining

Fearful

Impatient

Loose-tongued

Reckless

Wasteful

Contemptuous

Greedy

Impulsive

Irresponsible

Obstructive

Shy

Strict

Chaotic

Controlling

Hesitant

Indifferent

Passive

Selfish

Sloppy

Undisciplined

 

Why Do You Need to Know Your Weaknesses and Strengths?

When you know your weaknesses and strengths, you know yourself better and the ways you function.

Knowing your strengths will give you many opportunities. If you are trying to find the right career path, you will be able to narrow it down to a certain job based on the things you are good at. They can also help you to grow. When you know what you are good at, you can achieve more and aim higher.

When you know your weaknesses, you have a better understanding of the things that are holding you back. You will be able to find ways to not allow these weaknesses to pull you down.

Do You Need to Focus on Your Weaknesses or Strengths?

Most people want to know if it is more important to just focus on their strengths or to improve their weaknesses. Normally, it’s better to focus on your strengths. These are what you are good at already, so you shouldn’t have to invest too much effort and time into these.

When you focus on your strengths, it is about looking for opportunities rather than problems. Don’t focus on the negatives; focus your energy on what you are good at.

When you focus on your weaknesses, you are decreasing your self-confidence, performance, and enthusiasm. You normally won’t achieve a lot when you try to fix your weaknesses. But when you work on your weaknesses, it can help improve your personal growth.

If you improve something that you aren’t good at, improving it just a bit can make a huge difference in your performance. Never try to get rid of or fix your weaknesses. It isn’t going to work. Just try to work around them. Find some way where they won’t hinder or hold you back.

Let’s say you are responsible for planning a huge event for a client, you know you are going to need posters to advertise it. You aren’t artistic, but you are great at coordinating things, use your strengths here. Find a team to design the posters and work with them to make sure you get everything you want.

This is where it is important to know your weaknesses and strengths. It is necessary for your personal growth and self-development. There are so many wonderful things that you can achieve if you only know what you can do. It can show you your true potential.

 

Change Your Habits in 30 Days By Tony Sanders 

 

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