How To Change Your Life Positively By Understanding Your Strengths And Weaknesses

Updated on October 4, 2017

How To Change Your Life Positively By Understanding Your Strengths And Weaknesses

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Most people talk a lot about their strengths but very little about their weaknesses. What such people do not know is that being aware of your strengths and weaknesses helps in overcoming obstacles and making your life better.

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses makes you happier and successful in roles that challenge your abilities. It also helps in giving you confidence and sets you on a path for personal development and success where you are strong and where you need help tends to stabilize your personal life and nurture your professional interactions. Self-knowledge is a powerful tool, however many people disregard it because it is inconvenient or difficult. To understand your strengths and weaknesses consider the following:

Knowing where you are strong and where you need help tends to stabilize your personal life and nurture your professional interactions. Self-knowledge is a powerful tool, however many people disregard it because it is inconvenient or difficult. To understand your strengths and weaknesses consider the following:

How do you react in situations that need action, insight and thought?


You need to monitor your spontaneous response to experiences you have had in life. The rationale for this is that spontaneous responses help you understand how you respond in both intense and ordinary situations.


Think of an intense event in which something went horribly wrong. You may have been in a plane that encountered turbulence or you were driving around the block when a neighborhood pet dashed out in front of your car. Consider how you responded when you encountered a spontaneous situation. Did you retreat and freeze or did you face the challenges head-on by putting together resources and tools to deal with the situation?


If you managed to take control of the situation courageously, you are likely to feel that handling such situations is a strength. If your response involved feeling helpless, weeping uncontrollably and blaming others, taking charge in challenging situations could be your weakness.


Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


To understand your strengths and weaknesses, consider situations that are tough but not life-threatening. How do you respond when you get into a room full of people? Do you feel like engaging everyone in the room or do you search for a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle in the room and interact with one person?


If you connect with others easily, you are good at interacting with people. If you would rather sit in a quiet corner and connect with one person, you are good at connecting with people at the individual level.


How do you make decisions?


If you were asked to design a marketing strategy for a certain region of the world you know nothing about, how would you respond? Some people would gladly go ahead and make the decision without waiting to get all the information. You might be strong in taking practical steps as a way of clarifying a situation. The downside could be that you are shortsighted and the decision may backfire on you with dire consequences.


If you postponed taking action as you waited to gather all the information needed before making the final decision; you could be strong in analyzing situations before jumping to conclusions. The only problem is that your procrastination may hold you back from making important decisions within the required timelines.


Now that you understand your strengths and weaknesses, should you work to improve your weaknesses or simply focus on strengths? Many people agonize over this question a lot. Generally, it is agreed that it is much better to focus on your strengths and seek to control your weaknesses. A good business strategy can be to focus your energies on your strengths only and seek to delegate or outsource tasks that would bring you into your personal weaknesses.


On the other hand, confronting your weaknesses holds a lot of potential for personal growth. If you are not very good at something, making slight improvement can have positive impact and improve the quality of your life. If you are a poor cook, improving your cooking skills even slightly is likely to give you a sense of well-being in your day to day life. You may never get to be a master chef; however just making small positive changes to your cooking skills will boost your self-esteem.


The above tips are just some of the core issues you need to explore in order to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Once you identify areas of strength and weakness, you are on your way to mastering the art of being successful in life. Ultimately understanding your strengths and weaknesses gives you a lot of insights in understanding your life and making positive changes to your life. In addition, it helps you to make the right decisions even when you are faced with a crisis.

© 2017 Ephantus

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