How to identify your strengths and weaknesses is a question most of us ask. To succeed at what we do and to bring our dream to life, we must keep on challenging ourselves. The key to developing a strong identity is to find answers to the questions that people around us raise and we are often afraid to ask ourselves as well. Knowing yourself is essential in carving your path to achieve a desired goal.
Every one of us has been in a situation where we have to pick a major, decide on a career path or make a life changing decision.
It is rightfully said that “we are the choices we make.” So, to make the right choice, you must develop an understanding of who you are.
To ensure both personal and professional development, it is crucial for you to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some tips to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses
Ask yourself questions
To discover your calling, things that make you happy and work that excites you, you need to start asking yourself questions and dig deeper. For instance, what do you enjoy doing? What is that you will make time for? Is there something that you are effortlessly good at? Or is there something that you want to be effortlessly good at?
Such questions can help you think about your aspirations and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Make a checklist
Once you’ve got into the process of thinking, you can continually reevaluate your aspirations, narrow down your goals and start to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Take a piece of paper and write about 10-20 adjectives for your own self. To make it interesting, you can try a visual exercise where you can dress your best self, stand in front of the mirror, and think of the words that pop in your mind. Write them down right away.
There you have a list of your strengths. Now repeat the same exercise when you feel rather disheveled and add your weaknesses to the list.
Keep in mind that to identify your strengths and weaknesses, you have to be true to yourself.
After making a list of your strengths and weaknesses, take others opinion in account. Choose people from your friends and family and ask them what three things come into their minds while thinking about you.
People who are directly associated with you may give genuine answers that serve your purpose.
Try time-bound word association exercises with them. Give them brief instances about yourself and ask them to say or write the first linking word.
If you really want your results to be precise, also ask the same questions from people who haven’t known you for long. This will not only give you clear insights about your strengths and weaknesses, but also the lasting impressions you make in different contexts.
Compare your self-evaluation with other’s evaluations about you
Compare the list of strengths and weaknesses you made to the ones provided to you by others. What differences do you see? Whatever those might be are areas you can work on, skills you can polish and attitudes you can develop. At this stage, make mistakes, learn from them, scribble on the list and improve it.
The only person with whom you have to compare yourself, are you in the past ~ Sigmund Freud
Build your Self-concept
Develop a positive self-concept after finalizing the list of strengths and weaknesses that make you who you are. Make sure that your ideal self (how you want to be seen) and public self (how others see you) become compatible with your real self (who you really are).
So nurture your unique talents and transform them into your strengths. Improve your weaknesses but do not beat yourself up in doing so. Focus on your strengths, work on them every day to pave your way to success.
Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness ~ Susan Gale
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