What makes you special?

It’s a cliche to say that everyone is unique. But just because it’s a cliche, doesn’t mean that it is not true. You are unique. You have something that separates you from other people.

But do you know what that is?

We should always be aware of what distinguishes us. We need to know our unique strengths and talents. Let’s see if you can discover yours.

First, consider your personality. What are you like? What traits distinguish you the most? You might ask your loved ones for help here – what things about your personality stand out to them?

Your traits provide a good way of distinguishing yourself. But it doesn’t stop there.

How are you with other people? Are you a good listener, perhaps? Are you supportive? Are you entertaining, do people laugh at your jokes? Again, you might ask other people what they enjoy most about interacting with you.

What about your habits? What are the best habits you have? What are the things you are most proud of doing? What brings you the most satisfaction?

In this way, you can identify your biggest strengths and the things that make you, truly, special. But why should you know this?

First, it will help you gain more confidence. We often focus on our mistakes and flaws and don’t give our strengths enough credit. Learn to admire and appreciate yourself, just as you can admire any other person. Second, it can provide a road map for your decisions.

Your strengths often give you the best ways of handling a situation. If you don’t know how to support a friend, but you are a good listener, start there. If you don’t know how to get out of a debt, but you always work hard, use that to your advantage. Know yourself.

“Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique, and to be more creative.”

Never forget everything that makes you different. You are unique and strong in your own way. The better you know yourself, the better you can use your talents to your advantage.