MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
Try to see your strengths in relation to what energizes you. Something is a strength if:
It's difficult for us to see our own strengths, but people around us (friends, coworkers, family members, mentors) will most likely see them clearly.
The goal is to identify things that you wouldn't have thought of on your own—or to find patterns.
The ones you are most proud of.
Look at the list and try to identify what every accomplishment says about you. Any of the insights you gather could be your strengths, particularly if those strengths match up with what others told you your strengths were.
For some goals, you need to sustain something for a long time, but most can be broken down into smaller, more approachable goals.
Dividing goals makes the process seem less overwhelming and completing the parts of it gives you a sense of accomplishment you wouldn’t get if you were aiming for the larger goal.
To go from zero to 80% (good enough) requires a different approach than that needed to get from 80% - 99% (world-class). The last 20% also requires a different level of commitment. For instance, Stephen King spent 6 - 8 hours daily for ten years before he succeeded as a commercial writer.
If you want to excel at anything, it’s not enough to fix your weaknesses. You also need to leverage your strengths.
If you want to recognize your strengths, you need other people to hold up a mirror. When you see your reflection through the eyes of those who know you well, you can begin to identify your most unique talents.