Welcome back to week three of the 52 Week Blog Challenge! Today we are going to take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of yours truly.
Do you ever feel like weaknesses are simpler to come up with when your assessing yourself? Or do you ever look at a weakness and then find ways to twist it into a strength? Or vice versa? I do too 😉 So, on that note, I’m going to start with two weaknesses, move into two qualities that could be strengths or weaknesses and finish up on two strengths.
The Weaknesses – Where I Can Improve
- Overreacting. Yep, I said it. I overreact. I fall into the what if world WAY too easily. For example, I might not be able to get a hold of someone I love and immediately jump to the conclusion that something horrible has happened. Now, this doesn’t happen ALL the time, and it happens much less than it did now than even just last year, but it’s something I need to continuously work on for sure. Assumptions are no ones best friend.
- Focusing on the Future. Of course, when you find yourself overreacting and making assumptions, you might find it difficult to live in the present. Hence, one of my big goals for this year is to work towards being more present in everyday life. Forget about every little detail you have to worry about tomorrow, in the coming weeks and months and long term goals and just live today and do your best.
Somewhere In The Middle – A Mix of Good and Bad
- Planner/Organization: I’m like the world’s greatest planner and organizer. Kidding, kidding… my point is, I enjoy planning. I actually almost need to plan out life…as if it will happen the way I plan it. LOL. 😛 This makes me giggle at the thought because if everything went according to my plans I made back in early high school, I wouldn’t be an Applications Engineer, I wouldn’t have a degree in Computer Science and I probably wouldn’t be living in Kentucky. Plans change as life moves forward….and we really have very little control over where our plans go.
You’d think this would take off the pressure. But for me, and for many others out there, it almost has a way of adding to the pressure. Plan, plan, plan – I say!
So, to be a planner, in my opinion is a weakness because it takes away from my ability to be flexible and present. However, the fact that I am a planner, makes me great at planning events, meetings, organization, etc. This half-strength of mine has come in handy at work as I help plan events or meetings – it’s a vital skill that I stay organized and on top of everything!
- Too Ambitious/Perfectionist: I’m constantly looking for ways to make things better than they are. I struggle to put my stamp of approval on anything without making everything just *right*. This can definitely be a weakness… clearly. As nothing in this world is ever perfect, how will I ever be accepting of my work that I do finish? However, this quality is also a strength. I’m absolutely determined to do my best… even if my best isn’t perfect. I try and trying counts for something. 🙂
The Strengths – Finishing Strong
5. Communication: Aside from one tiny caveat here – small talk, I enjoy communicating with others. Yes, I’m a definite introvert – but I am very able to communicate ideas, concepts and the like to friends, family and even those I don’t know. I enjoy public speaking opportunities and find energy in communication that either teaches me or someone else something, solves a problem that I or someone else is looking for the answer to, or just feel good communication – like meeting someone new.
6. Empathetic/Peace Maker: I have a deep-rooted desire to make peace with those around me. (This, I know, can get out of hand – but I’m pretty on top of keeping it under control). I enjoy being nice, showing that I care, and making peace where it’s needed. Fighting, yelling – any sort of anger – bothers me greatly. You know the saying “Why can’t we all just get along?” Yeah, that’s me.
Well, that’s a wrap. It’s good to reflect on both our strengths and weaknesses routinely. A word of caution though, so many of us find ourselves reflecting constantly on our weaknesses instead of our strengths… take time to really focus on and pat yourself on the back for your strengths!
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Past Posts for the 52 Week Blog Challenge
Your Turn is a place for me to ask you questions! Be sure to answer them in the comments below!
- What is your number one strength?
- On the opposite end of things, what is your number one weakness? What are you doing to actively work to fix it?
- What qualities do you have that fall somewhere in the middle?