Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Do You Know Your Personal Strengths and Weaknesses?

Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths and Weaknesses (ppival)
by Richard Brody

Before we are able to focus on becoming the best we might be, and reaching the maximum potential, we must first commit to being objectively introspective, and evaluating what our strengths and weaknesses are.

The reality is that many people overestimate their strengths, while minimizing the degree and depth of their weaknesses, and thus end up treading water, rather than progressing forward in a relevant and sustainable manner.

Can you see yourself as others do? Even more essential, since you are by definition closer to you than others will ever be, can you see the true you?

Essentially, we should all not only identify these strengths and weaknesses, but we should thoroughly consider how to take best advantage and use of our real strengths (and advantages), while realistically addressing our personal weaknesses to minimize any potential negative impact.

1. While our goal should to utilize our strengths while addressing our weaknesses, our path must include realistically addressing these in detail, and personally accepting and seeing ourselves the way we truly are.

This is rarely a one time or overnight activity, but rather a longer term and consistent commitment to an introspective behavior and mindset.

Have you ever taken a piece of paper, placed a vertical line down the center of the page, and place your strengths on the left side, while putting your weaknesses on the right side of the page?

Why do you consider these your strengths and weaknesses? Why do you like those strengths, and what concerns you about the weaknesses? How do you take advantage of the strengths that you possess, while improving in weaker areas or arenas?

2. How much time do you actually spend considering yourself in a realistic or introspective manner? How do you assure that you remain objective rather than resorting to preferential subjectivity?

Unless one commits to identifying and understanding both personal strengths, as well as weaknesses, it is nearly impossible to maximize one's potential.

Strengths should be considered those aspects of one's mindset, intellect, behavior and modus that enhances his value, while weaknesses are any area that needs addressing in order to become better and more valuable!

Do you desire to be all you can be? Do you want to best use your personal assets in the most meaningful and impactful manner?

If so, it is nearly always a necessity to know and understand both your strengths and weaknesses, and use this information in a constructive manner to create a plan that best potentiates your life planning!

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years.

Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook

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