Values strengths are enduring beliefs, principles or ideals that are of prime importance to you. Values reside in your thoughts and feelings, not behavior, e.g. your value for family, your value for hard work.
Learning styles are ideas or hypotheses about how people approach new material, e.g. you might be reflective in how you learn a particular subject or you might be more interpersonal in your style because you want to receive new learning through discussion rather than reading.
Here are four kinds of physical strengths:
☛ Absolute Strength
☛ Relative Strength
☛ Power Strength
☛ Strength Endurance
There are 4 types of strength training:
☛ Training for muscle power
☛ Training for muscle strength
☛ Training for muscle hypertrophy
☛ Training for muscular endurance
Whether you are applying for your first job or have just settled into retirement, you should always have goals and yearnings in life. Determine what drives you and what makes you happy.
Consider why you want to complete those activities or goals and what it will take to reach them. Chances are, these are your passions and dreams in life areas of great strength.
Your desires or longings say a lot about you, even if you have been spending a lot of time denying them. Stories abound of people pursuing a particular career course because it is what their family expected and becoming a doctor or lawyer when they would rather have been a ballet dancer or a mountain trekker instead.
2 ways to overcome your strengths and weaknesses:
☛ Consider your desires next.
☛ Ask yourself: What are your desires in life?
If you go ahead and make the decision without waiting to gather all the information, your strength might be in taking practical action as a means to clarify a situation. Your weakness might be shortsightedness.
On the other hand, if you waited until you got more facts before making the decision, your strength may be in analysis and certainty, while your weakness may be over-cautiousness.
The person who rattles off a brilliant comeback or who solves a problem quickly can be said to have quick-wittness as a strength, and perhaps limited depth as a weakness.
The person who takes time to think could be described as having planning as a strength and perhaps limited nimbleness as a weakness.
The person connecting with others is strong at socializing, while the quieter person is strong at connecting individually. Both these strengths can be used to the person's natural advantage.
It might not be effective to call either relational style a weakness, although in certain situations, garrulousness can be a weakness and shyness can also be a weakness. The silver lining is that both of the "weaknesses" can be improved upon.
If you took control and acted as a leader, you probably feel that handling these situations is a strength. If you reacted by crying uncontrollably, feeling helpless or lashing out at others, staying in self-control during a challenging situation might be a weakness.
It is all well and good to say that you have amazing people skills but it is another thing to show it. Illustrate what your weaknesses look like in real life by providing examples:
I am not an excellent communicator. I care about the words that I use and about avoiding ambiguity when I communicate. I am a bit afraid to follow up with someone who is senior to me when I do not understand them. I take the time to imagine how different people might interpret questions or statements differently.
Try to be confident while still staying humble about your achievements and skills. Of course, try to truthfully pick strengths that could be in line with the individual, business or organization to which you are applying. Real strengths fall into three main categories:
☛ Knowledge-Based Skills: computer skills, languages, technical know-how, etc.
☛ Transferable Skills: communication and people management skills, problem solving, etc.
☛ Personal Traits: sociability, confidence, punctuality, etc.
Being practical here is better than being idealistic because the idealistic response could seem unrealistic.
I am taking serious steps to curb my habit of procrastination. I am setting artificial deadlines for myself and offering personal incentives to meet those deadlines. I am also seeing a career coach (be truthful here, no lies) who is helping me unpackage the potential root causes of my procrastination, which we think could be arrogance.
It can be quite impressive to talk about how your weakness has affected or could potentially affect your work performance. It shows insight and truthfulness, although you still need to be tactful about what you say.
Right now I am a procrastinator. I realize that this affects the amount of work that I could get done, as well as potentially the work that my colleagues could get done. In college, I got away with it because I knew the system, found a way to game it and still got my work done. I realize that this will not work in the professional world, both because it is wrong and it is lazy.
Weaknesses are human. There would not be any point in asking the question if all you gave the interviewer was some canned response about how awesome you are. The interviewer is not looking for that. They are looking for a real discussion of things you can work on, a signpost of insight about yourself. Real weaknesses might include:
☛ Being overly critical
☛ Being suspicious (of authority, of peers)
☛ Being too demanding
☛ Being too talkative
☛ Being too sensitive
☛ Exhibiting a lack of assertiveness
☛ Exhibiting a lack of social tact
Here are some ways to identify your weaknesses:
☛ Throw away the weaknesses that are really just strengths in disguise.
☛ Instead, identify a real weakness.
☛ Acknowledge the bad parts of your weakness and how they could affect your performance.
☛ Show the interviewer how you strive to overcome your weakness.
☛ Talk about your strengths confidently, without being cocky.
☛ Provide examples when talking about a strength.
Few definitions of weakness are given below:
☛ The quality or state of being weak, also an instance or period of being weak backed down in a moment of weakness.
☛ Fault or defect.
☛ A special desire or fondness has a weakness for sweets.
☛ An object of special desire or fondness.
This kind of training helps muscles to be able to keep performing a movement for a prolonged period of time such as in rowing. Training for muscular endurance involves doing 20 repetitions or more at a controlled speed, generally for one to three sets. It is recommended that short rest periods be used for muscular endurance training, 1-2 minutes between sets of 20 repetitions and even less than a minute if you are doing a more moderate number of repetitions.
This type of training aims to increase the amount of lean muscle in the body. It's especially useful for weight loss. It can also help with achieving a lean, toned look. For older adults, it can help counteract or reverse the age-related muscle loss that can lead to frailty. For novice and intermediate training, it involves doing 8 to 12 repetitions relatively slowly, generally for one to three sets per exercise. Rest periods of 1-2 or 2-3 minutes are advisable between sets, depending on the load.
All types of weight training will improve your strength. But this technique aims to improve absolute strength meaning the ability to lift or push heavy weights. It involves one to six repetitions of each exercise performed relatively slowly. This can be done for three to six sets with a rest interval of 1-2 or 2-3 minutes, depending on the amount of weight being lifted.
This technique aims to improve a muscle's explosive power, meaning its ability to perform a powerful movement in minimal time. Examples include launching into a fast sprint or jumping. Training for muscle power is generally used to help people improve their sporting performance. It involves doing one to six repetitions of each exercise at maximum speed. Depending on training goals, a power program can consist of one to three or three to six sets. For high-intensity exercises, a rest period of at least two to three minutes per set is recommended.
Power considers how quickly you can use your strength. From a technical, physics standpoint, power is the rate of doing work. Hurling a heavy ball a short distance is not as powerful as throwing a lighter ball twice as far. And lifting the same barbell weight but taking longer to do it indicates less power.
But we do not need to be this technical to think of power in our daily lives. In our style of training, increased power is usually measured by how fast we can move our body around. For instance, we can can see how powerful we are by how high or far we can jump. Another example comes from fighting sports, where power is measured by how hard you can punch and kick.
Strength training works your muscles with some form of weight or resistance. Some common examples include lifting free weights or using weight machines at a gym. But you can also use your own body weight by doing push ups and chin-ups. Or you can challenge your muscles by pulling on stretchy resistance bands. These can be anchored under your foot, to a door handle or around a bedpost, for instance.
Whatever exercise you use, there are four key techniques or types to help you build key aspects of strength. The key difference between the techniques is the number of times (repetitions) you perform each exercise. The number of times you complete a group of repetitions, known as a set, also has a bearing on your training outcomes.
These four basic exercises can take you from scratch to a very good level of strength without needing to touch any kind of weight.
☛ For push-ups, you can do them on your knees and if that is too difficult you can push off of a table, counter top or even the wall in front of you, then work your way down to the floor as you get stronger.
☛ For pull-ups, you can use bands or a tall box to take some weight off of your arms.
☛ In the hollow body hold, you would bend your knees and bring your arms to your sides and, if necessary, even add a cushion behind your upper back for support.
☛ For squats, you can hold on to support and use your hands to help you up.
In most weight training programs, beginners can progressively add weight to an exercise at nearly every session.
There is quick progress in the beginning of any weight lifting program due to simply getting used to the new movements. This neurological gain in strength is best described as learning the skill of the movement pattern and getting better at it, whether it is pushing a barbell overhead or swinging a kettle bell.
Finally, as you keep training regularly, you will adapt and get stronger, so your workouts have to get progressively more difficult. That ample amount of resistance when you first started will soon become too easy and will no longer be enough to induce any improvements in strength.
If you want to keep getting stronger, then your workouts will never get easier.
There are hundreds of ways to make different programs with as many different philosophies of training but they all have to obey the above three rules if you want to build strength.
Next you will need to be consistent so that your body adapts and increases strength in response to the stimulation.
You could workout at a sufficient intensity but that will not do you any good if those sessions are a few weeks apart.
The first rule is that you have to hit a certain threshold of exertion. It is not enough to just move your body around for 30 minutes, rather your activity has to reach a certain level of difficulty.
Simply walking is not going to build strength unless you have been bedridden for several weeks. You have to do more than what you usually do in your daily life.
The most efficient ways to improve strength follow certain rules:
☛ The intensity level must be sufficient
☛ Your practice must be regular
☛ There must be progressive overload
Strength endurance is the ability to perform a near maximal level of strength repeatedly over a period of time.
Strength endurance is the specific form of strength displayed in activities which require a relatively long duration of muscle tension with minimal decrease in efficiency.
Exercises such as hill running or pushing/pulling a sled will work this kind of strength. The movements are difficult and require a significant amount of strength that need to be sustained over time to get the work done. Another good example in the body weight world is the gymnast performing ring strength skills one right after another in a routine.
Relative strength concerns your maximum effort in relation to your body weight.
A 225-pound person that can push 250 pounds overhead is weaker in this respect than a 175-pound person who can push 210 pounds overhead, even though lifting 40 pounds more. This is often called "pound for pound" strength.
Because it is connected with your body weight, this classification favors people that are of lower body weight. Olympic weightlifting is an example here because the weight of the competitors is considered in tiebreakers. If two lifters end up lifting the same amount of weight, the winner is the one who weighs less.
Absolute strength is the maximum force your musculature can exert for a particular action, whether it is a press, a squat or a pull.
Usually this type of strength is measured in terms of total weight lifted. The sport of power lifting is a good example of athletes training for absolute strength. For them, everything is geared towards improving the squat, bench press and dead lift.
Physical strength is the ability of an animal or human to exert force on physical objects using muscles. Increasing physical strength is the goal of strength training.
Resources strengths are the one type of strength that is external. These are your external supports, such as social and spiritual connections, living in a safe neighborhood and being part of a good family.
Interests are strengths that are areas or topics you are passionate about and driven to pursue, such as playing sports, engaging in particular hobbies and working with arts or crafts.
Skills are strengths that are specific proficiency's developed through training (e.g. learning a particular trade, computing skills, researching skills).
Talents are strengths that are innate abilities, which typically have a strong biological loading and may or may not be well-developed (e.g., intelligence, musical ability, athletic ability).
Character strengths are capacities for thinking, feeling, willing and behaving. They reflect what is best in you and can be viewed as part of your positive identity. The strengths (e.g., fairness, hope, kindness, leadership) in the classification are the best examples of this type of strength.
Here are a few kinds of strengths:
☛ Character strengths
☛ Talents strengths
☛ Skills strengths
☛ Interests strengths
☛ Values strengths
☛ Learning styles strengths
☛ Resources strengths
Strength can be defined in many ways, few are given below:
☛ The state or quality of being strong, physical power or capacity.
☛ The capacity to resist attack, impregnability.
☛ The capacity to resist strain or stress, durability.
☛ The ability to deal with difficult situations or to maintain a moral or intellectual position.
☛ The number of people constituting a normal or ideal organization.
☛ Capability in terms of numbers or resources.
☛ An attribute or quality of particular worth or utility, an asset.
☛ One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power, a support or mainstay