One of the many wonderful ways to figure out how you can improve yourself is to figure out which skills you possess that will be your strengths.
After we have completed our journal exercise that takes a look at our lives we should have an understanding of what we are doing that improves our lives.
Also, we should realize that some tasks we do, create a lack of interest on our behalves.
The goal of providing a list of strengths and weaknesses with examples is to get everyone who is following along on the same page.
With a full understanding of what these are and how we should use them.
It will be important to be able to identify our top 5 skills because we will want to start building with those first in order to become more familiar with the skills we lack.
List of Strengths and Weaknesses
Let’s get right into going over both lists since it’s what we all came here to see:
- Attention To Detail
- Creative Thinking
- Critical Thinking
- Decision Making
- Good Judgement
- Logical Thinking
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Open Minded
- Problem Solving
- Public Speaking
- Risk Taking
- Strategic Thinking
- Video Creation
Once we have learned what strengths we possess it’s also important to know where our weaknesses lay. For a list of these, we can easily change a strength to something we need to be better at.
Another way to look at weakness is to say a lack of (1-50 strengths). This way we can figure out our top 5 weaknesses to start working on.
Examples of Strengths and Weaknesses
Examples for each of the strengths are below:
- Adaptability – How easy or quickly we are able to change from working on one area to another. Can you go from writing an article to creating a video for the same article or a different one?
- Ambition – How much desire you have to achieve your goal. Do you work really hard in some areas and not so hard in another?
- Assertiveness – Are you somebody who says what needs to be said or do you sit back and let somebody else do that? The quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive (Wikipedia)
- Attention To Detail – Do you make sure you dot the I’s and cross the T’s or do you rush through and just try to do enough to get the job done?
- Balance – Do you get all your work done that you need, do you use your time effectively, do you get things finished on time and without any problems. Balance can also be between job, home, personal and relationship life.
- Collaboration – Are you able to work with anyone that you need to work with. Do you listen well and communicate well to make sure to the best of your abilities that the project or task is completed?
- Communication – This is the back and forth interaction between all parties involved in a task or a project. Do you make sure everyone who needs to know and understand something does?
- Compliance – Do you understand the rules and abide by them? Can you easily adjust to a different person whose rules or values may be different from your own?
- Creative Thinking – How well can you go beyond what is expected of you. Do you copy somebody else or do you come up with your own unique ideas?
- Creativity – Do you do things differently than everyone else. Does it make a big impact on your work and does it make people go wow I didn’t think of that?
- Critical Thinking – How well do the decisions you make complete a task. The choices a person has can be many but with critical thinking, you will need to figure out what is the best way to do the task the most effectively. Using the facts to form a judgment that works for the situation.
- Curiosity – When you want to know the answer to something how in depth do you go to find the best solution. Does it bring you joy when you find exactly what you’re looking for or is it something you prefer that others do?
- Decision Making – Picking the best choice or picking the most reasonable choice given a few options. Does what you pick make sense for the problem or does it confuse other people?
- Dependability – When searching for an answer do you always find the right solutions. Do you get the job done when others expect you to do something? Do you want to be the go-to person for anything that comes up needing a solution?
- Determination – Do you give up easily? How many times are you willing to try something before you accept that you may not be capable of doing it? Are you driven to figure something out no matter how much it costs or how much time it takes?
- Efficiency – How well do you use your time or use your budget? Can you complete many tasks while the average person only does one? Do you work smart and utilize everything you have available to get the task finished quickly and done well?
- Enthusiasm – How much positive energy do you bring to a task. Do other people become happier when working with or around you? Will you do the task no matter what with a smile and a desire to do it well or not care?
- Faith – How much trust do you have in something. I know that I am the best so I have faith that I will get the task done no matter how hard it is to complete. You believe that it’s possible because of a feeling in your gut.
- Flexibility – How willing are you to try something different. Can you make a change even if you believe the way you do it is correct? Will you work on a weakness even if you believe it’s a strength of yours?
- Focus – How well do you manage your time? How well you do with distractions? Can you handle a task no matter what comes up or does your work suffer?
- Good Judgement – Can you allow for somebody else to make decisions? Can you accept the fact that there are many possibilities for a solution? When this happens can you allow it to happen and believe everything will work out alright?
- Honesty – Do you listen to the truth and understand what it means to do so? Do you stretch the truth so something sounds better than it really is? Lie, Cheat, Steal no matter who gets hurts or respect others not to take action without thinking?
- Innovation – Do you come up with unique and outstanding ideas that make a major improvement on something? Do your ideas last over time or are they quickly replaced with something else?
- Inspirational – Do other people look to you to give them a reason to work on something? Can you see the best in something without needing any facts? Do you set a great example that other people want to copy or follow?
- Integrity – Combination of honesty and your values. Do you stay consistent with your actions and not change your mind too often? Would you do something 100/100x or would it vary 50/100? People often say one thing and act a different way, are you one of these people or do you stick to something everytime no matter what?
- Leadership – The influence you have when you are working with others. Do they listen and respect what you say? Do they understand everything you put out there and want to follow you because of it? Do they fear you and just do what you say without understanding what exactly you want in return?
- Listening – Do you hear what somebody says to you? Do you know what the intentions are behind it? Do you think carefully about what has been said to you and then take action or do you ignore and do things your way?
- Logical Thinking – Does your thoughts about something make sense. Do you know what common sense is and make sure to follow it? Will other people be able to see your thoughts on something and be able to add to them?
- Negotiation – Do you meet people half-way to come up with a solution? Can you anticipate somebody else’s needs and reassure them your solution will get the job done? Can you go back and forth with someone and respond according to what you have heard or seen?
- Networking – The number of quality people you know and work with. Do you believe that people helping people are needed to be the most effective at what you are wanting to do? Can you find the right people to ask for help or to give help to when it’s needed?
- Non-Verbal Communication – How well does your face, body, and hands communicate with what you say or are wanting to say to somebody else? Do people feel comfortable around you or do you make people nervous about how you use your body parts?
- Open Minded – This relates to how well you react to something you don’t know about. Do you think of it as hogwash or complete phuey or do you respect what something is without making a judgment about it?
- Optimism – The glass is a half-full approach to life or situation. Realize that failure or mistakes are meant to teach rather than indicate you should feel shame or guilt about not getting the task done. When you are faced with a challenge do you try something without expecting x y or z to happen and are grateful for what you have gotten from it?
- Organizational – Does everything have a place and you make sure to put it in that place? Or do you believe that a mess works just a well as being neat and tidy so that when you look at something it may be an uphill battle to find it?
- Persuasion – Can you convince somebody that what you are saying is the best choice? Can you convince yourself that one option is better than the other? Can you sell ice to an Eskimo?
- Problem Solving – Can you focus on a problem and find a solution? Can you compare alternatives and decide what will best work for a complication. Do you understand why something is an actual problem or annoyance and find out how to resolve that?
- Public Speaking – How well can you express an idea in front of a group of people. Do they understand exactly what you want them to or do they need to ask you many questions? How much effort do you need to put into having a conversation out in public so that everyone feels better about what was said to them?
- Purpose – What is the reason behind what you are doing? Are you solving something, are you entertaining somebody or are you learning and teaching? The goal of taking your action.
- Research – Can you look at different types of data and get the information that is needed? How well do you handle comparing different opinions to make a conclusion? Are you able to gather information and organize it in a way that will make sense and be helpful?
- Resourcefulness – How well are you able to utilize what you have? Can you find different ways to get a solution? Do you let the price or time something takes interrupt how well you complete your task?
- Respectful – Do you consider somebody else’s ideas or experience before communicating with them? How well do you adjust to peoples emotions or feelings in order to demonstrate what is needed? Do you actually let other people weigh in or do you ignore them regardless of who they are and what they know or feel?
- Risk Taking – How much are you willing to gamble on something paying off? Will it be worth the cost of doing no matter what outcome actually becomes reality? Do you pick what is easy no matter how well it solves a problem?
- Self-Discipline – Can you set a schedule or come up with a plan and stick to it? How well do you adjust your routine in the case of something needing to be done instead? Do you prepare for unexpected things to happen or freak out when they do?
- Self-Motivation – How well do you find the energy and the desire to do something regardless of whether or not you enjoy doing it? Can you find the reasons to keep going even when the conditions may not be in your favor? Can you rely on yourself for all the direction you need before you can get started on something?
- Sincerity – The emotion of what you say and do. Do you really feel wonderful when you help somebody else? How much of what you do or say is for your own benefit and are you truthful about it?
- Strategic Thinking – How easy is it for you to think up a plan of action to resolve a problem. Can you brainstorm enough ideas to pick the best way to figure it out? Are you open-minded to everything it takes to find an answer? How well does your action plan work when you implement it?
- Teamwork – How well do you work with other people compared to how well you work by yourself? Let’s say your the leader of a project and your job is to pick the best person for each task. How well do you understand each person and can actually place them in the right position? Also when you are not the leader how well do you adjust to the job you are given? Does the project get the best results or did you stand in the way of it happening?
- Video Making – Do you have the experience to make a video about a topic? Can you communicate effectively with video or do you need to have help? With more video options are you able to learn and apply those right away or do they confuse or overwhelm you?
- Visionary – Are you capable of seeing problems before they happen? Can you look at data and determine how well each solution will apply to it? Are you a step ahead or a step behind in your area of expertise?
- Writing – How well can you put your thoughts and ideas down on paper? Does it encourage other people to read and follow or does it complicate what you want to say?
Now that we have an idea of what each strength actually means, we need to understand where it fits into our own lives.
How knowing this will help make us a better person
When we look inward at where we are in the process of self-discovery, it’s important to understand what your top 5 strengths and weaknesses are.
This will help us to plan ahead and start working on each of the weaknesses which will lead us to a better version of ourselves.
For every strength that is listed, I want you to take a look at your own journals.
When you can start to see a pattern with that information you can start to believe something is an actual strength.
When we have these we already know that we can find areas in our life to use them and make more things possible.
The point is to start working on our weaknesses by utilizing our strengths.
An example of what I mean is:
Let’s assume your best areas are writing, curiosity, ambition, focus, and balance.
You are wanting to figure out where to best get started while working on the weakness which is Self-discipline.
In order to use those five skills we brainstorm and write down everything we can think of that will lead us to be more responsible for our actions.
Right now you are nervous because this may leave you feeling uncertain. By having a plan in place we are going to figure out a week of tasks to do which will bring results.
The important thing to realize is that you picked the 5 strengths which means they should be areas that you have a lot of confidence in using.
Your first task is to research and write down as much as you can about self-discipline(or whatever your weakness actually is). This will help us to figure out which of our strengths to use to get better with self-discipline.
Even if self-discipline doesn’t get you excited to research or learn about, it won’t matter because to do this our strengths will be what we rely on to get things done as easy as possible.
This is an example and one that is actually true for me. It’s one reason that blogging became fairly easy for me to do once I connected the dots about my strengths.
Yours will likely be different than mine so I need you to understand that we are going to use your top 5 Strengths to get better at every other area which you find as a weakness.
Hopefully, that makes it sound easier to do because it really is quite simple.
For the best results, we need to map this out in our plan of action
I have already written another article on the importance of routines rituals and habits. It will be useful if you have read that before we continue with this.
Once you have finished reading come back and finish this exercise.
Assuming that you are now caught up, let’s work on a plan of action by thinking about the time it will take to work on each of your weaknesses.
I like to use at least 3 weeks or 21 days for each one and then assess the results after.
Grabbing a journal or a calendar I want you to plan out the next 15 weeks and make sure you commit to doing everything each day.
This will give you the necessary time to achieve a few results and motivate you to keep going with the next one.
The way we actually show that it’s an improvement is to first write down what we learn to do initially.(starting point)
You may be doing something that is wonderful already and just didn’t notice it. But in that first journal exercise, we want to put several different ways which we use to practice self-discipline and then update the journal each day when we are done doing it.
Let’s assume you started out at level 0 and have rigorously worked on everything that is involved with the weakness. For example today I was successful doing (blank) I am now grateful for having learned (blank) about self-discipline.
You will choose how you want to develop that ability. There could be ten ways to practice it every day or any number of things to do.
For every twenty-one days spent we gain one level out of five or ten depending on what the area is that needs to be improved.
Once each weakness is improved to level one we then need to work on getting it to level two three four and beyond. This may happen fast or slow depending on your effort and understanding.
Based on the example I use of self-discipline, once twenty-one days are up, the exercise that is required is to journal and write down your progress.
Have you been consistent or have you had any problems that require more work? Be completely honest about the difficulty and everything that will help when you look back on your progress.
This does mean you have to dig pretty deep and understand it. Over time there may be a few things that your mind forgets and having this information will help to read before you work on level two.
When all is said and done what you have is a complete understanding of yourself
Go through all the strengths and all the weaknesses and see which ones you have and which ones you don’t really care about having.
Then write down your top 5 the ones you are most confident in and most capable of using to understand and work on the weaknesses.
Spend twenty-one days for each of the weaknesses you want to improve on. Reflect and research why it’s important for you to learn and make this a strength.
When you follow this for everything that is important you will fully understand what makes you so special and you will have a much better set of skills that should create a super confidence in yourself.
I hope that you have learned a lot and enjoyed this list of strengths and weaknesses with examples. Make sure you commit to working on yourself everyday and you will achieve wonderful results and confidence.