My strengths and weaknesses

I just spent a soul-cleansing week on vacation at home. I'm not sure if I recommend staying at home on vacation. You end up looking at all the projects you need to do. The laundry. The dishes. The weeds in the garden. But, then you don't have to pack. And, the lodging is essentially "free." But, there I go down a tangent that has nothing to do with the title. There's a link. Really. Because during that soul-cleansing vacation at home, I spent some time examining my true strengths and weaknesses.

First of all, I like the new definitions I have. A strength isn't just something you're good at - it's something that makes you feel strong. That you are successful doing and that you love to do. Likewise, a weakness isn't just something you're not good at. It's also something that makes you feel week. I'm a terrible singer, but I love to sing in the car. So, my singing isn't a weakness, it's more of a pitfall. Especially for my passengers.

Articulating my strengths has given me a new perspective on my work week. I know that 3 of my strengths are what I'll call investigating topics in depth, writing information, and connecting with people - all with an eye on the eventual outcome of having a positive effect in the lives of individuals.

Knowing my weaknesses is of great benefit, too. I've discovered that giving presentations, using rigid predetermined formats for reporting information, and having to report on the spot how I'm going to get from A to Z are things I'm not so good at and that completely drain me.

So, what do I do with this now? As I plan my week and raise my hand for tasks, I have a compass to guide me. I can get over the "shoulds" and move on to living more in my areas of strength because this strategy will benefit everyone around me.

I'll let you know how that works out for me.