If this question is difficult for you to answer, then perhaps you haven't self-reflected enough and it's about time for you to do it. It's to your advantage to know what you are good at and what you may find challenging. When you know where you excel and what comes natural to you it's important to further develop and refine those skills.
And the things you could be better at, you can delegate so you can save time and energy trying to figure each out.
To get started on knowing you, answer some of these questions:
- Which skills have your peers and supervisors complimented you on?
- During annual reviews which strengths of yours are usually highlighted and at the same time which areas may need some work?
- What have been some of your key contributions to the team?
- What's your role in helping your company operate and do colleagues seek you out for assistance in a specific area?
Your answers should help you narrow in on your skills and capabilities at work. Most importantly, your assessment will help establish a baseline so you can get better.
By knowing your strengths, you can seize opportunities where you'll be an asset. At the same time, knowing your weaknesses will enable you to learn to work around them. Don't let any of your weaknesses hold you back from reaching goals.
You will be more successful if you have self-awareness especially of your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing yourself will help you understand why you may have experienced a setback and how to avoid it from happening again.
When you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can direct yourself to grow in the workplace and all aspects of life. Additionally, knowing yourself helps to boost your self-confidence which is key to help you get ahead.
By knowing yourself you know what you bring to the table and the impact you can make personally and professionally. Focus on being better to build successes. Plan, act, react, assess, and begin again.
Stanley C. Middleman
Freedom Mortgage Corporation