There are so many people around who underestimate themselves, there are also plenty who overestimate themselves.
The former is the greater sin. If you overestimate yourself you can always push yourself and learn what you don't know, although it can lead to burnout. If you understate your capacities then you're hiding from your future success.
The hardest thing for many people is to be truly honest with themselves and others about who they are, what they can do and what they want.
This form will help you evaluate your strengths objectively using the essential categories mentioned in the Lateral Analysis system.
Categories for thought and inspiration.
Fears and History.
When thinking about your strengths you necessarily need to look into both your fears and history. Fear arises out of the conditioning of history and so does their conquest. Achievements are the expression of your strengths. Achievements are the overcoming of obstacles. But there is more to strength than the things you do, strength also come from who you are. Sometimes it is keeping quiet and still in order to give respect to someone so that they can feel important, or so they can feel their strength. The Japanese understand that there are times when it is the strongest course is to let someone else express themselves and to protect the other person's right to power. Many people are afraid of this approach because their see strength in terms power expressed, acted on.
The ability to say 'no' is a great source of power. It represents the power to decide the direction of events when those around are busy making decisions by saying yes to possibilities.
Understanding what motivates you is an important strength. Even if it is the realisation that you are push to avoid dangerous or uncomfortable rather to chase pleasant happy things.
Body and Identity
Working in structured focused ways is central to any achievement, even if your experience is from volunteer work it will still be widely applicable. Having, or at least being able to project, confidence, knowledge, high self-value are great strengths. You can use almost anything you are good at as a foundation ensure that you can project charisma (See this link for info. on charisma and how to do it)
For some people getting up and doing everyday activities is an expression of strength. For others it is getting up and scoring gold at the Olympics. Action is decision made with commitment expressed physically, it also includes real talking as opposed to habitual gestures which are used to placate and connect with others. It must be based on a realistic physical understanding of the situation.
Their are different kinds of action. There are habitual activities which express complacency because you are in a safe zone and know the outcome. Then there are situations where the risks are high and you must be very alert. Then comes the variety of possibilities between. So when thinking about your strengths you might consider how you handle different levels of planning, risk and the unexpected. About your capacity to put plans into action.
Family, Friendships and Communication
Strength in relationships is about respect, sensitivity, empathy and listening. Your relationships are key to every success.
The power of structuring knowledge. What you know and feel are only part of the sources of meaning. It comes from the interaction of the context and the action, the feedback and the ripples of affect and effects which spread out from the smaller immediate moment to the big picture.
So being able to place your actions into the larger context and taking it into consideration is fundamental.
How you react to the unknown and the unexpected can decide the outcomes of any goal and maybe profoundly affect the general feeling you have about life.
Name five things in the last year you and/or your boss, family and friends were proud of achieving.
Which of your skills and talents were involved in the achievements?
Name five situations in your life when you've conquered your fears.
Which of your skills, talents and experiences were involved in the achievements?
Do you remember a time when you stood up to an imposing (or bullying) person, either for yourself or on behalf of someone else?
Who was it, and what happened? (Just 25 wds.)
What are your great intellectual strengths?
What is the highest level of education you have?
What other types of training have you done?
In what ways have you used this education and training in your life (not only at work)?
What are your hobbies?
Have you ever played sports?
Are you still playing?
Have you ever done or do you do any volunteer work?
What are the things you do for fun?
Are you: Introvert, extrovert, introspective, emotional, logical, planner, explorer (searching the possibilities), artistic, other.
How do these aspects of your personality enhance your life? (Under the weaknesses section we'll ask you about any problems they may represent)
Have they played a positive role in your work life?
Have they played a positive role in your private life?
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