Identifying Your Strengths

Strengths and WeaknessesThe messages contained within many creative works teach us that we are not defined by our weaknesses and help us realize that our weaknesses do not have the power to dictate whether we can succeed in our journeys throughout life. We are neither helpless nor hopeless. As a positive mind can yield positive action, it is vital that we are able to realize that we are able to overcome our obstacles in life by using our strengths to our advantage and not allowing our mistakes and failures to chart our courses. We are not accidents, and we have been equipped to take on the challenges that we confront. When we discover where we want to go and what we want to do in our lives, we can claim and set out to obtain victory. Little hurdles will just help steer us in the right direction, as long as we have our goals in sight.


I’m a champion; I’m a warrior. I refuse to let my past define me. I refuse to let my mistakes blind me. I will rise above the troubles I’ve seen. I will be the best that I’ve ever been. I will not be held down by weight. I refuse to give credence to ignorance or hate. I know that I’ve made mistakes which have brought me pain, but I will find the rainbow through the rain.


Everyone has strengths. Don’t let negativity or self-pessimism stop you from recognizing yours. Rather, attempt to be open-minded and flexible, but most importantly honest with yourself. Many times, by discovering your passion, you will find your strengths. The following are questions to ponder:

  • What makes you unique?
  • What are you good at?
  • What do you enjoy succeeding at, both individually and as part of a group?
  • What are your dreams?
  • What inspires you?

Just like the pieces that make a precious quilt, sometimes we need to be broken before we can be rebuilt. Yet, through our weaknesses, we are made stronger. Though we may seem fragile, we will endure longer because we learn through our mistakes who we really are, and lessons we learn help us shine like a star.


No one can be perfect, but people can work through their weaknesses. By recognizing your weaknesses, you are able to discover more about yourself and further develop strategies that will help you overcome your obstacles in life without having your weaknesses be hindrances. Some questions for consideration when discovering your weakness are as follows:

  • What are your dislikes?
  • What do you tend to avoid?
  • What do you find yourself to have the most difficulties with on a regular basis?