Throughout your life, you may have been fooled to believe that your strengths are what you are good at and your weaknesses are what you are bad at.
But, that’s not entirely true!
I’m sure, that if you were to list your strengths right now, that there would be a number of activities on that list that you don’t even enjoy doing. If you’re good at something, that’s performance; it’s not a strength, and as such you are the least qualified to identify your strengths, because you’re not the best judge of your own performance.
So let’s look at this slightly differently.
Think of yourself as a Superhero. Your strengths are activities that strengthen you, and your weaknesses are activities that weaken you, much like kryptonite. If you define a strength as an activity that strengthens you, then the person most qualified to identify your strengths is you.
Those tasks that you put off and don’t like doing – those are your weaknesses – even if you are GOOD at doing them.
I challenge you to keep a log this coming week. On one side of your log, write LOVED it and the other side write LOATHED it. Each time you look forward to carrying out an activity and it gives you pleasure and energy, log it under LOVED it; these are tasks that strengthen you. Every time you procrastinate about a task, delegate it to someone else or feel exhausted when you’ve done it, log this under LOATHED it; these are tasks that weaken you.
You may find yourself becoming more aware of what your true strengths are, and you can start really enjoying what you do and adding lots more value at work!