The article Taking Stock of Your Strengths was published recently.
To Set New Goals, Search Your Past
It’s that unique time: the beginning of a New Year, when many career-minded people begin to write down a list of adjustments they plan to make in this new, annually-based phase of their lives.
But there’s more to this process than jotting down random thoughts: before knowing where you want to go, it’s important to reflect on your past, in order to get a “360 degrees/aerial view” of your abilities, skills and accomplishments. Once you have a refreshed sense of this uppermost in your mind, you can use that as a springboard for identifying your path in the future.
The key part, when starting this self-inventory, is to ask yourself, “At what age did I know what I was good at – what my strengths were?” or even “At what age did I feel I individualized myself from my peers via special talents or traits?” It may be that you can remember winning a tennis trophy in middle school (first signs of athletic ability), spelling bee (fledgling literary skill), or some other gratifying milestone later on.
Beverly Kievman Copen writes for sharpheels.com a website catering to fashion, news, and lifestyle website for professional women.