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Know your own strengths

21 August 2017

Everyone has things they do well, and other things they don’t do so well, or could improve on. That's just being human, whether you're a grown up or a teenager.

The things you do well, which seem to come naturally and you're best at, are called our ‘strengths’. When using your strengths, you're happier, more energised and feel what you're doing is purposeful and meaningful.

When you know your strengths, you can use them to help you achieve your goals, and a lot more in life. Equally, when you understand your ‘limitations’ (things you don’t do quite so well), you can take steps to overcome them, or find a way around.

So, what are your strengths? If you haven't quite figured them out yet, here are a few tips for identifying your strong points. And they're particularly relevant to kids.

Ask other people

People in your life are likely to notice stuff about your personality which you haven’t. Talk to a family member, friend, teacher, coach, or anyone close to you about what they see as the best parts of your personality.

Been complimented lately?

Have a think about some of the compliments you’ve received. Is there a pattern? Do people ever compliment a particular part of your personality? It’s pretty likely to be a strength of yours.

Figure out what you are most proud of

If you’re proud of something you have done or achieved (for example, winning your grand final sports match), think about what parts of your personality you used to achieve it. Did it require focus, creativity, or maybe bravery? Which strength did you tap into?

Ask yourself, when do you feel most like yourself?

The things about your personality which make you most happy are likely to be your top strengths. For example, you might be happiest when you’re making other people laugh, which could indicate you’re kind and compassionate.

One of the big benefits of figuring out your strengths is it’s a great way to boost your mood and self-esteem. Whatever your situation, maximising how you use your strengths will help you make the most of the best aspects of your character, which can build your self-esteem and confidence. Even better, they're attributes which come naturally to you and it feels good to have them.

ReachOut is Australia's leading online health website for young people and their parents. Working with registered counsellors, psychologists and mental health professionals ReachOut p

If your child, or anyone you know is having issues with self-esteem, confidence or mental or physical health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

This content includes the views and opinions of a third-party, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Suncorp. Information is intended to be of a general nature only and any advice has been prepared without taking into account any person's particular objectives, personal situation or needs.

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