Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 08:56 pm
What are you good at?
That’s a question we all want to know about ourselves, as well as the question that occasionally comes after it: What aren’t you good at?
If you don’t know how to answer those questions about yourself.
I’ll help you come to a better knowledge of yourself.
Knowing where you come in strong and where you need assistance can help you stabilize your personal life and nurture your professional interactions.
It’s a process that will allow you to understand how you can be most effective at what you do, and where you’ll need to improve if you want to be successful.
There are exercises you can do to identify your strengths and weaknesses for a job or for personal reasons.
In this article, I’ll help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.
There are also some tips to help use these tactics in a practical setting where they are most needed.
Here Are 6 Step Formula to Identify-Your-Strengths-and-Weaknesses :
1. Create Two Lists :
I’d recommend that you spend about 30 minutes alone creating two lists before you use any outside sources to help identify your strengths and weaknesses.
One called “Strengths” and the other called “Weaknesses.”
Think about the activities you either participate in the most or get the most pleasure out of in order to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Spend a week or so writing down all of the activities you do throughout the a given day.
Depending upon how much you enjoy doing or participating in them rate from one to five.
Don’t beat yourself up over what you think are major flaws.
And don’t overestimate how great your strengths are.
Just write them down, and move on.
If you’ve included more than 10-15 items in each column.
Then let me tell you’re probably starting to focus too much on strengths and weaknesses that aren’t that significant.
To help you think about what to include in your strengths and weaknesses, try asking yourself questions like:
- What am I good at?
- What have others complimented me about?
- Which projects and tasks seem to drain my energy?
- What have others had to help me with on more than one occasion?
- Which projects have I spent hours on without getting tired?
- What are my hobbies, and why do I like doing them?
2. Find People to Speak :
To help you figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are.
Try thinking of three to five people whose opinions you trust.
Who have had the chance to live or work with you for an extended period of time. You want people who have observed your behavior and character in a number of different situations.
Perhaps a mentor or advisor, your spouse, a best friend, siblings, your parent(s).
Carefully select people who have a good track record of being balanced and helpful.
Even when they’ve needed to tell you something that you didn’t want to hear.
People to ask in all different areas will help you assess your personality on many levels and within many situations.
3. Take Feedback :
Once you’ve chosen your candidate you can go out to coffee with each of them, or simply send an email with some questions and ask for their honest feedback.
Make sure you give some context as to why you’re asking for their opinion.
Ask them to give you particular instances where they saw you use these strengths.
Then, ask them to tell you the weaknesses you have that may cause you to fail.
Start adding more details to your two lists after receiving feedbacks.
After you interpret them all, compare them to one another and find similar traits that many people mention.
4. Personality Test :
Personality tests are another useful resource to help you identify strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some I use :
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI):
The MBTI test is the gold standard for corporate-level personality tests.
The test measures you within a framework of four areas: energy (introvert versus extrovert), decision-making, taking in information, and approaching the outside world.
You’d like to start with a free version of a similar kind of test, try the Jung Personality Test.
DISC Personality Testing :
Another highly favored, corporate-level personality test.
Amidst the full schedule of ice-breakers, ropes course excursions, and games.
you can try their free assessment.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 :
The Strengths Finder test, which determines your top five “talent themes”.
However, out of all these personality tests, the StrengthsFinder test is most geared toward helping you understanding the unique talents you have to offer the world.
Kindly note Personality tests are a bit like horoscopes—they’re just general enough that they can apply to as many people as possible.
Personality tests are useful for giving you some common language and terms to express your strengths and weaknesses.
5. Face New Things :
One problem with identifying your strengths and weaknesses comes when you have a lack of experience.
To be honest if you’re reluctant to try new things then here’s your instant personality test result.
If you’re interested in trying new things to identify your strengths and weaknesses then it will push to be creative.
Few Suggestions for New things like :
- Stand Up Comedy
- Make Video
- Rock climbing
- Financial Knowledge Gain
- Technical Knowledge Gain
- Fitness Habits
Trying something new doesn’t mean you’ll automatically identify your strengths and weaknesses.
You’ll need to be alert when starting something new.
To help you process, here are some brief questions you can ask yourself to help identify possible strengths and weaknesses:
- Did you enjoy the experience?
- What did you like about it?
- What didn’t you like about it?
- Did it come easy to you, or did you find it difficult?
- Is this something you would want to keep doing and get better at?
- When you encountered difficulty learning or performing the task, what motivated you to continue?
6. Evaluate Your List :
Now that you’ve spent some time identifying your strengths and weaknesses, you can evaluate which ones need some additional attention from you.
Some of your strengths represent the absolute best you have to offer right now.
Some strengths likely won’t be integral to your success.
In your “weaknesses” column, some weaknesses will be glaring.
Some weaknesses may be important, but maybe you’re not the one to overcome them.
I have shared to identify your strengths and weaknesses in this article.
I hope you’ve found these suggestions useful as you work to identify your weaknesses and strengths.
Is there something else you’d add to my list?
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when you identified a weakness and worked to overcome it.
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