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Developing Your Strengths

Do you know what your unique strength or talent is? Surprisingly most people do not. Identifying and developing your strength is far simpler than people make it out to be. So how do you go about working on your strength ?

Identify your strength

It does not matter if you are thirteen or thirty; it is never too late or early to identify your strengths. Take some time out and think about what you really excel at. Most of the time, this activity will also be something you truly enjoy. It can be painting, writing, or cooking. A strength need not be restricted to popular activities such as these. Some people have the gift of listening or are good with handling children. While others may excel at organizing parties or embroidering. These are strengths too. And it’s important to remember that any strength can be developed to make a positive impact on the quality of your life.

Identifying your strength can at times require help. If you have trouble identifying your strength, talk to your friends and family. Sometimes a second opinion can help. Are you confused between two or more options? Do not worry. Start slowly by exploring each of these options and eventually you will discover your one big strength.

Chalk out a plan

Once you have identified your strength work on a plan. Decide how you are going to develop this strength. You could join a course and read up to polish your skills. If your strength is music, sports, cooking or the like: joining a club is a great start. By being part of a course or club, you get to interact with like minded people and share ideas.

Set a goal for yourself and draw a proposed time line. The goal could be qualifying for your local baseball team or performing on stage. Maintain a journal to record the progress you are making. This is very valuable form of self evaluation.

Do more

Once you have gotten into the groove of working on your strength, ask yourself if you would like to make your passion your profession. There is quite nothing like doing what you love as a full time job. If do decide to go ahead, speak to people in the field before making a decision. Also while a career change can be rewarding, it can be also be expensive in terms of time and money. Discuss with your family before you make a big decision.

And finally developing your strengths is not a short term process. Keep practicing your skills on a regular basis. Talents like a lot of other things can get rusted when not in use. What ever your skill is, set aside some time every week to practice it. Even if it means practicing in the privacy of your home. Never lose sight of the goal you have set for yourself. If you have already reached your goal, set a new goal. As you move on make your goals higher and tougher.

With a little perseverance and hard work, anybody can achieve new heights with their strengths.