An ACQYR Reader asked us an excellent question: “How Can I Identify My Strengths?”
First of all, by asking this question, you’ve already identified one of your strengths – introspection and personal reflection. That’s great!
The first and one of the most important tools in improving yourself and reaching your goals is through self-examination.
That brings me to suggest the first tip: At the end of the day (perhaps before going to bed), review what you’ve done. Reflect on what you did well during the day and what you need to improve on and you’ll soon begin to realize what your strong tendencies are.
I mean, how do you become experienced if you don’t learn from your past experiences and failures, right? So by spending a little time thinking about what you’ve done well, you’ll quickly see a trend of things that you’re skilled at.
Another way of discovering your talents is through self-assessment questionnaires. These tests are a quick and easy way of finding your competencies. Also, many of these tests suggest possible jobs and activities you’d be interested in. These self-quizzes may not be perfect, but it’ll help you into the right direction.
Here are a few strengths and weakness quizzes (self-assessment tests) that I’d recommend:
Princeton Review (free)
Queendom.com (free, registration required for some tests)
Testing Room.com (free, registration required)
Passion and Interests
I’d suggest to begin thinking about what you enjoy doing. If you had one week to work on absolutely any activity you wanted, what would you do? What are you passionate about? What are your hobbies?
Finding your strengths is closely related to your personal tastes and interests. Once you find out what you enjoy doing, you’ll begin understanding where your positive points may lie.
Ask yourself two questions:
Answer these questions and you’ll be in great shape to finding out what your strengths are.
Let me give you two examples:Do you like reading? Then maybe editing or book reviewing is one of your strengths. Or you could be a very analytical person suitable for analysis and research.
Suppose that Jack is really passionate about houses. Ever since he was a teenager he’d look at real estate magazines and his eyes would light up when he passes by a wonderful property. Jack was really passionate about real estate and because of this internal fire, he’ll likely be able to learn quicker, absorb more, and in turn, become an expert in his field.
So to recap, you can try to:
You’re doing a great job through your curiosity and interest in identifying your key strengths. Make sure to keep this passion in learning and self-improvement. It’s this skill that will help you with your pursuit of your goals.
Best of luck!