Sometimes we're more than willing to work on our weaknesses, but the problem is we haven't taken the time to identify them properly. This exercise has you identify your traits and place them into three distinct categories.
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Whether you have trouble identifying the things you're good at or the things you need to work on, you'll have an easier time figuring it out this way. Val Wright at Inc. suggests you use these three categories to help you as you go:
- Superpower: It comes naturally.
- Energy Zapper: I can do it, but it takes effort and deliberate attention.
- Danger Zone: Others do this much better.
Everyone has a Superpower, and now is the time to take credit for yours. You might have several of them, but be honest with yourself. Superpowers are things you can do without expending a lot of energy or anxiety. Once you've identified your Energy Zappers, practice those things so they might become Superpowers one day. After you've identified your Danger Zones, plan out some time to give them attention so they don't end up hurting you. They don't need to become Superpowers, but you don't want those things holding you back. Don't get down on yourself either, just be aware of them. With your strengths and weaknesses identified you know what to focus on.