Strengths and Weaknesses
Why You Need to Recognize and Work with Your Strengths and Weaknesses
You have probably heard that everyone needs to know what their strengths and weaknesses are and to work with them. But why? How will knowing what you are best at and worst at help you?
It’s a good question. It requires time and effort to identify these traits, and to implement changes, so it’s reasonable to ask what benefits you get from doing so. Among the several benefits you’ll get include working less, being more effective, improved productivity, and being happier.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Do you find you are often putting in extra hours to get everything done? Working with your strengths and weaknesses will eliminate that. You will be able to plan better and do things quickly, meaning you work fewer hours. Afer all, who wants to work more if they have a choice?
When you work with your strengths instead of your weaknesses, you become better at getting things done because you are not constantly doing things you don’t like or are weak at. Your effectiveness can increase when you identify your strengths, start playing to them, and minimize your weaknesses.
After a few months of emphasizing your strengths and seeing the benefits from it yourself, your superiors will notice how well you are doing too. That will eventually result in tangible effects such as promotions and pay raises.
Being better at your job will in turn lead to other side effects. It will make you more confident and help you believe in yourself. You will then be more likely to take on new tasks and learn new skills you wouldn’t have attempted before. When you succeed at mastering those, you will gain yet more self-confidence. Check out this article from Utah University.
Like effectiveness, productivity increases dramatically when you recognize and accept your strengths and weaknesses. This means that you will not only get more things done and do them better, but you will do them in less time. Your career (or personal life) will get measurably better.
Finding More Happiness
Have you ever noticed that people tend to get cranky, or at least unhappy, when they have to do things they dislike or are not good at? This is a natural human reaction. However, when people (including you) recognize their strengths and weaknesses and start working with them, their happiness and their life satisfaction increases.
This will lead to a self-fulfilling cycle in which you believe you can do more at work, master new skills, and then have more self-confidence. Improved self-confidence will also be visible to your superiors and coworkers, which in turn will increase how favorably they see you.
See how all of these effects build on one another? All of it leads to further improvements. One improvement you will see over time is the ability to make more choices about the projects you take on, which will let you work with your strengths still more and give you the option of creating your own career path.
Another, less obvious, benefit to your career comes from the improved self-awareness you develop while learning to discern your strengths and weaknesses. This will both translate into other areas of your life and make you better able to read, understand, and communicate with your coworkers.
You will find that recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and working with them can lower every stress marker, from frustration and anxiety to physiological symptoms such as high blood pressure. This is one of the best ways to permanently lower the stress levels in your work and/or personal life.
Changing your life is possible. Improving your career or your personal life is within your reach. You don’t have to settle for less than you want or less than you’re capable of getting. It doesn’t require a miracle to make your life what you want it to be. It requires a lot of hard work and determination.
It also requires that you focus on the right things. When it comes to working with your strengths and weaknesses, your focus should be squarely on emphasizing your strengths. Use them to their full extent to make your life better and you will reap all the benefits.
These are just a few of the many benefits that come from recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and beginning to work with them. There are many more. You can experience all of them and improve your life if you choose to go through the process.
P.S. Contact me for some checklists you can work with to discover your strengths and weaknesses.