I think we can all agree that nobody is perfect, right?
And that while some people are naturally more patient, others are naturally more social, and so on.
We each have a set of characteristics that make certain things easier for us, but other characteristics that hold us back. The things that help us are strengths and the ones that hold us back are weaknesses.
If you’ve ever played a video game or watched the movie Jumanji (the one with The Rock), you’d see that each player has a set of strengths like speed, strength, etc and a few weaknesses.
In real life, the characteristics defined as strengths and weaknesses are a bit different than those of video games, but important nonetheless.
The important thing is that you need to be aware of your strengths so you can use them to your advantage, and of your weaknesses so that you can work on them.
I’ll give you an example of myself. One of my strengths is that I’m good at expressing myself in writing (not in conversation) and I use this strength by writing poems, blogs and books to better benefit people and give them advice and spread positivity. Of course, this is a strength I work on regularly. I read a lot to expand my knoledge and my vocabulary and I even took a writing course once and I read tips about how to be a better writer. Just because something is a strength of yours, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to hone it. Hone means when you sharpen a knife or tool to make it sharper. I just looked up the meaning because I have no idea how I knew that word or how I knew what it would mean in context, but reading obviously taught me that word.
A weakness of mine, among many others, is that I have very low tolerance for other’s mistakes. I’m really hard on myself. I don’t hold myself to perfection, not anymore anyway, but I’m always assessing myself and others and it makes me furious when someone knows something is wrong and they do it anyway, even if that someone is my 5 year old son. I have to constantly remind myself that he is just 5 and has the right to make mistakes and that I must model tolerance to teach him to be tolerant (I learned this from the book Character is the Key that I’m currently reading).
Side note: I took a course in Goal Setting once (a few years ago) and they said part of setting goals strategy is knowing your strengths and weaknesses. There is actually something called SWOT analysis which means you analyze your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to achieving your goals.
Below is a list of strengths and weaknesses for you to go through to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are.
- Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence.Courage.
- Communication Skills.Flexibility.
- Quick learner.
- Decision making skills.
- Emotional Intelligence. Team Player Attitude.
- Growth Mindset.
- Openness to Feedback.
- Active Listening.
- Work Ethic.
- Empathy. Fairness.
- Unserious (can’t take anything seriously)
- Timid (shy)
- Exhausting (those people that suck the energy out of you)
- Poor team player
- Unrealistic (head in the clouds)
- Lacking empathy
- Unassertive (passive aggressive)
Asking a trusted friend or taking a personality test will help you better determine your strengths and weaknesses. The most reliable personality test is the 16 personalities test and it’s totally free online.
If there are any terms you didn’t understand, feel free to comment and I’ll explain.