By Tope Babatope
You cannot give your best when you don’t know what your best is. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is important because you need to learn how to maximize your wins and minimize your losses. Taking on the challenges of life, business, work,health, and family means you will have to take and throw a lot of punches. Being honest about your weaknesses will put you in a place to take fewer punches and minimize being knocked off your path to success .
Each of us has the ability to either evolve and grow stronger or remain stagnant and become weaker. When you know what you do well, you can develop a strategy for growth. All of this is possible with little work, but none of it can happen if you don’t take the time to know your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses.
Assessing your strengths and weaknesses is not an emotional process. Rather, it is a time for cataloging your skills. Knowing what you do well versus what you still need to improve upon will help you to identify your personal skills and traits.
As you begin this treasure hunt to uncover your qualities, Steve Harvey, a popular American author, gave some tips on where you may start looking for your strengths and weaknesses.
. Knowledge – based skills: These skills include degrees, languages, technical know-how, industry- specific skills, or managerial savvy that you have gained from educational training or professional experience .
. Transferable skills: These skills include everyday traits that you can bring with you into any situation, such as communication skills, financial knowledge , customer service expertise, leadership aptitude, problem- solving skills, and project management experience .
. Character skills: Traits such as honesty, timeliness, hard work, trustworthiness , and confidence are great characteristics that will serve you well both personally and professionally .
Looking at your personal and professional relationships, what are the skills you demonstrate in interpersonal relationship? Are you a good listener ? Are you supportive? Now think about the areas where there’s room for improvement . Can you be more patient? Do you need to work on your ability to compromise ?
On your professional career, what are the skills you have needed to do your job well? What are the skills that your employers ranked you highly on during your performance reviews? What were the areas that were marked for continued growth and improvement?