Personal Strengths and Weaknesses.

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Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

Identifying personal strengths and weaknesses are crucial part of the overall learning processes. Just as understanding which methods and techniques help us to learn at a peak level, understanding our strengths and weaknesses help us to become more self-aware and well-rounded individuals.

In any situation, a person has attributes that will detract from the task and others that will prove beneficial. I believe that weaknesses and struggles define a person more so than their strengths.

Our strengths, from throwing a baseball 95 miles an hour to analyzing complex software code to compassion and patience with others, are usually easy to identify. Culturally, we celebrate the strongest and best and strive to develop our own personal strengths. Consequently, identifying my personal strengths was simple.

However, it is important to be aware of not only personal strengths, but also personal weaknesses. The foundation for this belief is found in one of my strengths, my faith in God.

In Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church, he writes that he "boasts of his weaknesses." Paul's intent was to focus Christians on God in situations where they were weak. By turning inward and focusing on our weaknesses, whether we choose to give those weaknesses to God or not, we can better recognize areas where we need to focus effort toward growth and change. I believe I am fairly aware of my own weaknesses, and compiling that list was not difficult. Formulating a plan of action to overcome those weaknesses was easy as well. Implementation of that plan is another story.

My strengths, which include strong writing skills, and excellent computer and technical skills, are offset by my weaknesses, which are a well-honed ability to procrastinate, and a tendency to become easily frustrated.

I believe one of my strongest talents is...