It’s not unusual for people to compare themselves with others around them, and to feel superior or inferior towards them based on their strengths and their weaknesses.
The thing is, every individual is different and we all function differently based on our personalities. It is important to know yourself and your capacities.
Your strengths are things you can leverage on, things you can use to push yourself further.
On the other hand, your weaknesses are not your downfall. These are areas you need to improve on. It is not something you lack. It is something you need to develop and build.
In order to leverage your strengths and improve on your weaknesses, you first need to know them.
Your biggest personal strength would be something that comes very easily for you. Take some time and think about what comes naturally for you. It could be anything.
For example, perhaps you have no problems having conversations with people you meet for the first time or being able to think of quick solutions in a tense environment. Remember, don’t choose attributes that you want to have. Choose those which really represent you.
It is equally important to know your weaknesses as much as knowing your strengths.
Your weaknesses hold you back from achieving many great things. Weaknesses are areas that you have the power to improve. It can be anything ranging from professional to social skills. Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses gives you a better understanding of yourself and how you function.
Understanding your strengths keeps you ahead in a lot of things. For instance, if you are looking at career options, you would be able to narrow down specific job scopes based on the things you know you are good at.
It also helps you to grow more. Knowing what you can excel at enables you to aim higher and achieve much more.
Knowing your weaknesses gives you a clearer understanding of things that may be holding you back, and you can then work around finding ways to not let your weaknesses pull you behind. Focusing on your strengths is about seeking opportunities instead of problems. Instead of focusing on the negatives, focus your energy on the things you are good at.
Focusing on things you are weak at decreases your self-confidence, enthusiasm, and overall performance. Usually, not much is achieved by trying to fix one’s weakness.
Having said that, working on your weaknesses is important as it contributes to personal growth.