Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
Not all of us are capable of doing everything. Just by the sheer nature of our different learning and upbringings we would have developed different strengths and weaknesses. Without knowing our strengths and weakness, we will simply be leaving our future to chance.
Most of us don’t even enquire into the nature of our strengths and weakness. Strengths and weaknesses are almost looked at as job interview questions; we reflect on them only when enquired about it by someone else. Very rarely do we by our own choice reflect on our strengths and weaknesses.
The main reason for not enquiring into our real strengths and weaknesses is fear. Most of us are simply not ready to accept our weaknesses. Because of this, a lot of our weaknesses disguise themselves as strengths. A lot of our shortcomings as individuals are hidden under pretty labels that we conveniently create for ourselves.
It takes courage to enquire objectively into our real strengths and weaknesses. When we are able to find this courage, we tap into a source of strength and understanding like no other. Once we have developed the ability to clearly see our strengths and weaknesses, we become totally different individuals. We become capable of dealing with situations and circumstances, infinitely better.
Just think about it. How often do we choose a certain path and pursue it blindly before realizing that we have chosen a wrong path. The path we have chosen might be right for someone else. It might even be a right path for a majority of people. But it might be an absolutely wrong path as far as your learning, upbringing and conditioning is concerned.
Each one of us is unique in our ability to pick and choose what works best for us. The moment we forget our individual strengths and weaknesses and simply follow a herd mentality, we end up regretting our decisions. More often than not, we fail because we were simply following someone else’s approach. Just because an approach has worked for someone else doesn’t mean that it has to work for you.
This doesn’t mean that we cannot learn from others. The most important quality of learning is in knowing how to tailor the learning to our individual strengths. Only when the learning is personalized, internalized and analyzed based on our own individual experiences, does it become relevant and useful.
It is never too late to pause and reflect on your true abilities. Look at yourself from a certain distance. Put some space between you and your ideas of life. This space will help you to look at your strengths and weaknesses without any prejudice. Your whole perspective of life changes when you can clearly see your strengths and weaknesses.