Would you like to? Click here to take a strengths/weaknesses test.
*Moment of truth= When I took this test, one of the bonus questions asked me what I expected to see in the results. I was shocked to realize that what I thought would be one of my biggest strengths (leadership), ended up being my weakness.
Knowing your strengths enables you to feel more confident in order to move forward toward positive action. (For example, even though I was shocked by the results of my test, I was pleasantly surprised to see that overall, I’m a very strong person, scoring 100% on 8 out of 21 of the areas with the top 3 being risk-taking, innovation and resourcefulness. Knowing my strengths will enable me to use them to discover new leadership strategies and develop future relationships.) When you focus on your strengths, you’ll be more willing to take responsibility for yourself and your life in order to reach out to help others and build your community. At the end of the day, what really matters isn’t what you think, it’s what you do.
You make a difference when you use your strengths.
Don’t worry about trying to be good at everything. (You can’t be.) Don’t focus on the fear that you aren’t strong enough (you can be). The best you can do is to be honest with yourself about what you are good at and then use those skills to grow stronger. Allow yourself to be really good at whatever you do and please don’t hold back! Although the fears of other people may poison their own efforts, don’t let it poison you. You’re not responsible for them, only for yourself. Develop your strengths to break out beyond that fear so you can make a real, positive difference in the world. Because you can.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi
If When you need help, ask someone who is good in that area for their expertise (I will be). Not only will you get what you need (which is ultimately your responsibility) you’ll be giving them a chance to excel, which helps them to feel strong and valuable, too. When you’re strong enough to ask for help, you build relationships, which enables you both to be stronger. The whole world wins when you do!
So focus on your strengths, my friendly blog reader, and use them to take forward, positive action. The world needs you, so don’t hold back!
What are your strengths?
p.s. I’ll be back tomorrow with the next part in the Feed your Soul series.