Assessing Your Personal Strengths and Weaknesses for Self Understanding

Understanding your Strengths and Weaknesses are major aspects of understanding yourself. By knowing these two factors, you will make better decisions in your personal and professional life.

Key takeaways from the post

Benefits of knowing your strengths

You will focus on the things that have the biggest impact on your life.

You will save time by focusing on things that will bring you the greatest returns.

You become more resourceful and therefore make better decisions every single day.

You put yourself in a position to raise your standards and therefore improve your results.

You can contribute more value to others and to the world around you.

You will naturally improve your levels of self-confidence because suddenly there is more certainty in your life.

Benefits of knowing your weaknesses

You can focus on spending your time on areas that bring you most confidence and self-assurance.

You can delegate tasks and projects to people that are more proficient in getting them done.

You can dramatically reduce your levels of stress, anxiety, overwhelm and frustration by focusing on just the things you are naturally good at.

You can spend time on improving your weak areas.

Strength Assessment Questions

What are my strongest character attributes?

What strengths have assisted me most?

What would [person’s name] say are my greatest strengths?

What qualities could I not do without?

What do I do especially well?

What seems easy to learn and easy to do?

What indispensable knowledge do I have? How is this a strength?

What activities was I drawn to when I was a child?

What skills have I learned rapidly and mastered quickly?

What skills, abilities, and/or qualities account for my greatest successes?

What activities do I get immersed in?

In what areas of my life can I be outstanding?

In what part of my job do I perform better than other people?

What behaviours have shaped my strengths?
After complying your lists of strengths ask yourself these three additionally questions:

Which of my strengths would I like to improve upon?

Which strengths are most important with accomplishing my goals?

What strengths will help me become the person I seek to be?

Weakness Assessment Questions

What is preventing me from living the life I desire to live?

What have I struggled with over the years?

What has prevented me from performing at my very best?

What seems to be my character flaws?

What learned behaviours are letting me down?

What limiting beliefs are preventing me from moving forward?

How could these limiting beliefs be connected to my character flaws?

In what areas do I lack the knowledge I need to get ahead?

In what specific situations are these weaknesses unhelpful?

In what situations are these weaknesses potentially helpful?

What’s the value of knowing this?

How could I best overcome my personal limitations?

Who might assist me in this area of my life?

What resources and knowledge might I need to gain?

What experience might I need to gain?

How can I potentially use my strengths to overcome my weaknesses?

What are the potential opportunities within my weaknesses?

How could my weaknesses become strengths in a different context?
After identifying your weaknesses ask yourself these three additional questions:

How have I managed my weaknesses in the past?

How can I minimize my weaknesses in the present?

How can I better manage my weaknesses in the future?
Now that you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses you can analyse your life and determine the skills and actions needed to help you accomplish your life purpose. Consider the following questions:

What are my goals and life objectives?

What kinds of skills would I need to learn to achieve my professional and personal goals?

What are the potential benefits of each of these skills?

What are the potential drawbacks of each of these skills?

Which of these skills are best aligned with my strengths of character?

Which of these skills potentially expose my weaknesses?

Which skills are most vital to my career and the goals I would like to achieve?

Which particular skills could I potentially do without?

How will I go about acquiring these skills?

How will I go about transferring my strengths of character to each of these important skill areas?

How must I now rearrange my life’s priorities?

Now that you know what skills you need to achieve your goals, it is time to ascertain the priority level of each. Create a hierarchy of skills that reflect your top goals. This will guide your focus on improving or developing the most important and benefical skills.

If you do not have any goals, consider the following questions:

Given my strengths, what things am I naturally good at doing?

What things do I find easy to learn and easy to do?

What kind of career path or goals would align best with these strengths?

What about my weaknesses? Does this career path or goal allow me to navigate safely through my weaknesses?

Could my weaknesses potentially translate into strengths along this path I want to take?

Thank you for reading.


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