Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What are your strengths?

Every human being has strengths and weak points. Strengths are those that stand out in front of other people, being related to our differential. Areas for improvement are the ones we have not yet dominated, either through lack of technical knowledge or lack of affinity with the area. Both our strengths and weaknesses are extremely important for our career and personal development.
The fact that we can improve on our strengths and overcome our weaknesses, is essential for us to know. It is a constant exercise of self-awareness and reflection on our life history, including: beliefs, values, skills, knowledge and attitudes faced in everyday life.

Consider events in your life, where you've faced challenging situations. What was your reaction at that moment? was it a difficult situation for you to handle or did you deal with it with vigor and agility? Think about different events and how you handled them, and if possible make a list.

Next analyze your desires and career aspirations. List the professions that you admire, the one that awaken in you passion or motivation. Meditate on these points and take note of them.

Now compare the two lists you made: the first about your strengths and weaknesses, and the second about the professions that you most admire. At this point, begin to connect the professions you've chosen to your strengths. In your current occupation do you get the opportunity to use your strengths?. If not, it's time to rethink your career.

The next step is  feedback from friends and family. Ask them what are your most striking features, how do you stand out and what attitudes would be an improvement?

After analyzing these points, it is time to seek professional help. Start at your workplace, asking for feedback from your team and  your manager .  Ask them what are the areas in your job that you show strength, and what skills you still need to improve. The Human Resources department of your company can also offer to you good tips on your job performance.

After learning about your strengths and weaknesses, it is time to reflect on them:  are you willing to overcome your weaknesses? Are you willing to work on professional improvements to further improve your strengths?

Developing self-awareness, reflecting on your career and personal development is an excellent exercise in your personal development, that will surely make a difference in your life and in the lives of everyone around you. Worth it!

Daniela Silva is married, Brazilian, and currently resides in Sao Paulo, where she works in her home office with research and projects in education and the third sector.  Graduated in Pedagogy, she has qualifications in: Pedagogy and school management business, and an MBA in Managing People.

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