Identify your skills and strengths

This week, we’re looking at our skills and strengths. We’ll be identifying what we’re good at, what we enjoy doing and what we would like to do less of. Last week, we looked at discovering your identity.

Part of knowing yourself does involve knowing your skills and strengths. I’m not suggesting we do this CV-style, but it might help to think quite a lot about the jobs you’ve had and the activities you’ve enjoyed.

Like before, I’ve got 7 questions and tasks for you. Note down the answers and see if any patterns emerge.

7 questions to ask yourself to find your skills and strengths

  1. What are you very knowledgeable about? What are you an expert in?
  2. What aspects of your professional jobs have you really enjoyed?
  3. What hobbies or interests do you have where you feel you have a talent?
  4. What ‘role’ do you often take in a group of friends?
  5. Are you a details person or a big-picture person?
  6. What is your greatest strength?
  7. What gives you greatest joy?

Your Ideal Job

As an ‘extra’ task this week, spend some time thinking about the future. What is your ideal job? Are you in the right work now to be able to work towards it? Or what kind of work do you want to do?

Perhaps you don’t want to work; what steps do you need to take to make that happen? Perhaps you want to have your own business.

If you struggle with this, have a think about your ‘perfect’ working week. Would it be very routine and predictable, or would it have a lot of variety? Where would you work? Who with? What would you be doing?

Your other ‘ideals’

You may find this leads you on to thinking about other possibilities. Perhaps you’d rather work in school hours so that you can do the school run. Perhaps you’d like to live in a different area, or to retrain.

Perhaps you’d like to stay in the job you’ve got, and that’s absolutely fine. Just think about the whole world of possibility out there, and spend some time imagining what could be.

Remember this Anais Nin quote:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

What do you need to risk?

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