Have you ever taken the time to sit down and identify your strengths and weaknesses? Knowing what you excel in and where opportunities for improvement exist can put you on the path towards personal growth and can also lead to the discovery of your life purpose.
What are Strengths?
Your strengths are the things you do well and perhaps even better than most. They are where the root of your talent lies. They encompass the skills and tasks that come to you naturally. For example, you may be exceptional in problem-solving or critical thinking.
Perhaps you are an excellent public speaker or a fantastic storyteller. You may be a brilliant cook or party planner. We all have something that we are inherently good at that we can leverage in our personal lives or even use to build a career, a business or enhance our relationships.
Experts encourage us to build on our strengths and develop them into something bigger. Our strengths empower us to set and achieve goals necessary for us to succeed in life whether personally or professionally.
What are Weaknesses?
Our weaknesses are the things that we are not good at or do not hold our interest. In fact, you may find that you tend to avoid performing these tasks, taking on these duties or even having conversations about these topics.
You might find it easier to list your weaknesses than your strengths, as its always easier to focus on the negative over the positive.
Why Is It Important to Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses?
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can guide you in identifying those situations within which you thrive or struggle. In simple terms, knowing your strengths and weaknesses help you to understand what makes you tick. Knowing these things about yourself sets you up to define your purpose and vision, set goals, establish a plan of action, and take charge of your personal growth.
Many people wonder where should they focus most of their attention. Should they improve their weaknesses or build upon their strengths? There are several schools of thought around these two questions.
Some experts recommend that you should always focus on your strengths because it will require far less time to achieve mastery and create success in these areas. This approach allows you to apply positive energy to the things that matter most to you.
On the other hand, focusing on your weaknesses can prove exhausting and be a confidence buster as you may find yourself investing a fair amount of time trying to improve upon something you are not so good at doing or being. Nonetheless, working on your weaknesses can promote personal growth.
While you may never truly master something you are not good at doing or being, with time you can improve the skill, raising the bar just enough to be acceptable. Also, you can learn ways to navigate those weaknesses by deploying tools and resources that get you through a tight spot or even calling in reinforcements or experts who can see you through to the other side. Remember, it’s okay to seek help from others who possess the strengths you do not.
How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
If you have not yet invested in identifying your strengths and weaknesses, now is the time.
I created a workbook – the Life Purpose Formula – which is focused on discovering your talents, skills, experience, and knowledge as well as acknowledging your weaknesses so you can discover your life purpose.
All you have to do is think back over your life, starting from your first memory, including pre-school, school, work, hobbies, interests and relationships and record ALL your talents, skills, experience, and the knowledge that you’ve gained from each of your life experiences.
Once you’ve done that, pick 3-5 things in each column that are the most important, most enjoyable and rewarding. Then pick out any recurring roles you’ve played.
There are some questions to answer as well, which will lead you to recognize what you are here to focus on and do to fulfill your purpose.
If you would like to explore more about yourself and how your strengths and weaknesses reveal your unique purpose, you can download a copy of the Life Purpose Formula HERE.