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Give your strengths and skills an overhaul

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The more aware you are of your strengths and skills, the better you will be at making good decisions in your professional life. Read on to find out how you can (re)discover your professional worth.

If you work in the same industry or organization for many years, there is a risk that you may have a slightly blurred picture of what you can do professionally and where your strengths lie. This is perfectly normal - however, becoming aware of what it is that you do so well can re-energize your professionalism.

When you focus on your strengths and skills, you actively bring yourself into play in your job and make yourself a co-designer of your work tasks and how your work life should take shape.

Difference between strengths and competencies
Strengths and competencies are not necessarily the same thing. Strengths are your distinctive qualities that, when well aligned, create well-being and growth and help you feel competent and energized.

They identified 24 strengths, including humor, optimism, courage and persistence.

- When you want to identify your strengths, ask yourself: What is it that makes me good at certain tasks? What energizes me and what seems easy to me? Because when something is easy for you, it's because you draw on your strengths," says Sally Lakolk, Job and Career Advisor at Min A-kasse.

Maybe you're a whiz at Excel, teaching, customer service or case management and administration, but why are you good at these things? You need to be curious - because that's how you identify your strengths. Then ask yourself if your inner strengths are in play or if they need to be looked at," says Sally Lakolk.

If they need an overhaul, you can make a plan for what it takes to bring them into play. Because it's only when your unique strengths are in play that you can achieve the job satisfaction you deserve, which contributes to your own well-being and the general well-being of the workplace.

What can be seen and measured
While strengths relate to what drives you, your unique qualities, competencies can be measured and seen in what you actually accomplish:

- In the process of mapping your competencies, it's a good idea to take out a notepad and write down while asking yourself: What do I actually contribute in practice? When am I a success? If others were to point to my skills and competencies, what would they point to? There is great value in writing down your competencies because it encourages reflection and forces you to commit to an answer," explains Sally Lakolk:

So even if you're not looking for a new position, the process can strengthen your awareness of your work. It can serve as a kick-start to a dialog with your manager or team about work tasks and ambitions, helping to ensure job satisfaction both now and in the future.

The 24 forces are:

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Discernment
  • Wisdom
  • Mod
  • Persistence
  • Honesty
  • Enthusiasm
  • Relationships
  • Care
  • Social intelligence
  • Appreciation
  • Gratitude
  • Optimism
  • Humor
  • Spirituality
  • Collaboration
  • Righteousness
  • Leadership
  • Forgiveness
  • Modesty
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Self-control