Creating an action plan for your personal or professional development that focuses on honing your singles first requires that you accurately identify what they are. Since often times we can over or underestimate our own qualities, a good solution is to identify people you trust from different aspects of your life and to ask them for their feedback.
Since concrete feedback with specific examples is the most effective, ask for a story or example of an instance where you were at your best. From this, you can begin to spot patterns, and create a self portrait. This self portrait should be a brief profile of you at your best. With this, you can create an actionable plan that helps you to adjust your life and work habits to incorporate more of your strengths. As you are able to incorporate more of your strengths into your life, you will start to see gains in happiness and job performance.
Not only does this drive at the importance of being aware of your strengths and creating actionable plan, it highlights the importance of both getting and providing concrete feedback to your colleagues and professional community. Effective, well thought out feedback can make a be a vital tool in building a fulfilling career. This is a hugely important aspect of community building. It is great way to help each other succeed and create a wonderful collaborative professional community.