How to Find Your Strengths and Interests: 5 Steps To Discovering Them
How can you be your best self? How can you live the life you want? Unfortunately, many people don't know their best qualities and interests. If you're not sure of your strengths, it's difficult to live your best life. Everyone has areas they excel in and are good at — but not everyone knows their strengths and interests. Finding your strengths and interests involves more than just assessing your abilities; it also involves knowing your personality. Strengths are innate tendencies, characteristics, or aptitudes that are a person's natural gift to have or perform well in situations. By identifying strengths and talents, you can hone them to achieve personal development goals, boost confidence, find work opportunities, and become better overall.
You might be the most amazing person in the world, but if you don't acknowledge your weaknesses, they'll haunt you.
Acknowledge your weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
Weaknesses can be turned into strengths by focusing on them in training and thinking about how you can use them to build your skills. For example, if you're a perfectionist, maybe that's because you want to put your best work out there and make sure everything is perfect. But maybe it's not always a good idea to have that attitude toward something as important as health care or business. If this is true for your own life, it's time to examine where that perfectionism comes from.
Then think about how those weaknesses can help with those other areas. Maybe perfectionism will help you become a better doctor because you need to see everything through the lens of quality first before moving on to quantity. Or maybe it will help with the business if it helps make sure everything is done right (and done well). In either case, focus on how these weaknesses can be turned into strengths rather than letting them drag down your overall quality of life.
Step 2: Find out what you enjoy doing.
The next step is to figure out what you like to do and the type of work or career you would like to pursue. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be difficult for some people to think about this step because it’s hard to imagine yourself as someone different than who you are today.
We all have certain skills, abilities, and interests that make us unique. But if you don’t know what those things are yet, then you won’t be able to identify them in your current life.
For example, if you love reading but never thought about becoming an English teacher or writing consultant, then maybe it’s time to inspect your interests and skills so that you can find more opportunities that align with them.
The second step to discovering your strengths is to find out what others think you are good at, and then consider their opinions when making your list of strengths. This can be done by asking family members, friends, or colleagues for their opinions. Alternatively, you can create a survey where people can anonymously provide feedback on your strengths.
Besides finding out what others think of your strengths, it's also important to try each one out before deciding whether it fits well with your personality type. For example, if someone says you're good at speaking up in meetings but you're shy and quiet, that doesn't mean the strength isn't true — it just means that you might need to work on it before being able to use it effectively.
After you've identified the strengths and interests that you'd like to focus on, look at the feedback you've received from others. Look for trends in the responses—are there certain words or phrases that people use a lot? Are there recurring themes? You may find that certain themes or words appear frequently regarding your strengths and interests. For example, maybe people mentioned "being creative" or "having an entrepreneurial spirit." These could be useful words to keep in mind when thinking about what activities you'd like to do in your free time.
You may have gotten more out of the first day than you expected. But that doesn’t mean you should do it again tomorrow. It’s important to give yourself time away from your passion so that you can come back refreshed and ready for another round. For example, if your hobby is writing and you do it every day, take a day off after a few weeks of practicing and see if your creative juices are flowing again.
This step is pretty self-explanatory, but it's easy to forget about as we focus on our hobbies or interests. Asking yourself what motivates you will help you focus on self-improvement goals that are important to you.
It's easy to get lost in the details when we're doing something we love — but this can make us lose sight of why we started doing what we did in the first place! The best way to stay motivated is by connecting with other people who are interested in what you're passionate about.
I am not telling you this stuff just because I read it somewhere or someone told me I should. I am telling you this because I've learned it in life. I was lucky enough to come across this knowledge when I was young and foolish when I thought the world was a happy place where everyone got along with each other, and that nothing could hinder me from getting what I want. It has taken me 30 years of making mistakes and learning lessons to realize how right or wrong my childhood perceptions were. The goal of this article is to help make your life dramatically better by helping you discover your strengths and interests. You do know that there are no guarantees in life, but working on a plan can only improve your chances.