Understanding our own strengths and weaknesses allows us to make clear decisions that include our own well-being and the well-being of others. Knowing everyone has strengths and weaknesses makes it easier to practice acceptance.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Below is a simple exercise you can use as a guide to understanding yourself. Once you have listed three strengths and three weaknesses, take the time to really feel them, to connect with them spiritually. The strengths will motivate you, lift your soul. The weaknesses can leave you feeling deflated and inadequate. But the weaknesses have an important role. You can either change them or accept them so they become a strength.
Identify your Strengths
There are a few strengths we all share and there are some that are unique to us. What are you doing when you feel your strongest?
Listed below are common strengths. If you were only allowed to list three for yourself what would they be? If you don’t see one of your strengths add it to your list of three.
Identify your Weaknesses
It can be hard to accept weaknesses because they sound frail. But everyone has them. Consider what you are doing when you feel weakest? Is there a mental, emotional and physical connection? Listed below are common weaknesses. If limited to three, what would they be? Feel free to add your own to your list.
- Pushing yourself too much beyond your limits
- Difficulty asking for help
- Impatient with self and others
- Lack of confidence
- Taking things personally
There are certain weaknesses that cannot be changed. For example, you may not be able to physically do what you used to do because of an injury or aging. This only feels weak because you remember how you used to be. Remember you mind outdistances your body. Your mind becomes critical of your current circumstances but only until you accept where you are today. Acceptance becomes your inner strength. You learn to ask for help when you need it because you know your limitations. This becomes a strength
Self-criticism and lack of confidence in self can be transformed through patience and practice. You start observing if your thoughts are uplifting or depressing. Release those that are not inspiring or encouraging. Thoughts affect the way you feel. But they are as fleeting as emotions. Become the observer of who yourself.
Never apologize for your strengths. Use them wisely.
Article by Regina Kaiser