Strengths are defined as character traits or skills that are considered positive. Strengths include Knowledge, attributes, skills, and talents. Weaknesses are just the opposite. Weakness is defined as character traits or skills that are considered negative or not well developed. Having weakness doesn’t mean that you have a complete lack of particular strength. It just means you tend to have less of that strength, or it means that one aspect of yourself isn’t as strong as your other strengths.
We probably already know that our strengths help us achieve our goals, be successful, and accomplish what we set out to accomplish. But strengths can also contribute to life satisfaction and well-being. For example, research has shown that strengths such as gratitude, hope, and love are most likely to contribute to life satisfaction. That’s why it’s important to know your strengths and weakness and devise a plan to turn your weakness into strengths.
In this article, we will be discussing Strenght and Weaknesses. This article is for both undergraduates, graduates, and it can also be used for all sorts of interviews; HR interview, sales interview, analysis, teacher, and many more.
Why is it important to know your Strenght and Weaknesses?
1. It increases self-awareness- When you spend time reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses, you better get to know your true self. This helps you make decisions that better reflect your true self and make you happy.
2. It helps you understand others- It’s interesting how self-awareness can also help you become more aware of others and boost empathy. This can improve relationships and create mutual understanding.
3. It shows you what to focus on- When we know our strengths, we can make an effort to put them to better use and increase our chances for success.
4. It shows you what you need to improve- When we know our weaknesses (especially weaknesses that are hurting our well-being), we can better address them, improve and increase our chances for success.
5. It can help you appreciate yourself more- When you have a list of all things you are good at, you can more easily see and appreciate all your talents and skills and increase your self-confidence.
What are Areas of Strenghts?
To better understand your area of strength, start by making a list of your:
• Skills: These could be acquired from education and experience [e.g., computer skills, languages, degrees, certificates, and technical abilities]
• “Soft” skills: These are the skills that may not have been taught but you developed nonetheless (e.g., communication and social skills, problem-solving abilities, and strategic skills).
• Personal strengths: These are your unique qualities (e.g., reliable, flexible, kind, hardworking, creative, punctual, and positive).
What are Areas of Weaknesses?
Each area of strength has a corresponding weakness if it is not developed. Therefore one will have to make a list of weaknesses (or underdeveloped strengths) that would be helpful to achieve your goals. For example, maybe you’re a bad cook. If that has nothing to do with your goals, you don’t need to list it as a weakness here.
To better understand your weaknesses, start by making a list of:
• Weak skill that is needed: Again, these could be acquired from education and experience.
• “Soft” skills you need: These skills were not developed naturally buy you see how developing them could help you reach your goals or improve your well-being.
• Personal weaknesses: These are your unique challenges or the things you know you struggle with. For example, I know that I am not very assertive, and I have difficulty standing up for myself. These personal weaknesses are something I have to work on continually.
By working on our weaknesses, even a little bit, we can turn them into strengths.
How to Turn your Weaknesses into Strength
First, try to identify your areas of strength. This can help you understand what you’re good at.
Second, create a self-portrait, vision board, or narrative that helps you think about your strengths in context. For example, how do these relate to each other? How did they develop? What is it about you and your values that led these things to become strengths?
Third, think about how you would redesign your life to focus on what you’re good at. For example, as I was writing this article, I thought a bit about my strengths to innovate and learn new things. Take actions that support your areas of strength. You may or may not be able to immediately change your job or life to focus more on your strengths. But you can take small actions to start using your strengths more. For example, maybe you’re a brilliant cook, and you want to start having more people over for dinner to enjoy your meal you need to focus more on how to get that done whatever it is, try to take some action that helps you capitalize on your strengths to manifest your dreams.