Your capacity is your unique combination of talent, knowledge, experience, mixed with your relational, intellectual, physical, creative, and leadership abilities. You can grow your capacity to meet the challenges you’ll face when developing your skills and abilities. The more you can expand your capacity, the more you’ll be able to expand the scope of your growth. The goal is to become fully aware of your capacities and maximize them throughout your everyday life and actions. Your report shows the areas of capacity which need improvement. Work through the following steps to support your growth and development.

Feel Good After Considering All Points

When you fully evaluate yourself, you become more self-aware of both the good and the bad. Feel good about yourself and don’t let the negative overshadow the positive.

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  • Ask someone to serve as a voice of clarity and reason to help you focus on the positive and how to improve the negative.
  • Remind yourself that you’re improving your problem areas.
  • Journal your progress so it can remind you of the positive things occurring in your life.
  • Seek the perspective of those you trust.
  • Monitor your self-talk and avoid getting yourself into a negative pattern.
  • Encourage others. When you encourage other people, you tend to let go of negativity in your own life.

Make the Most of Your Abilities

Make the most of the unique abilities you have. You won’t reach your full potential until you use your abilities to advance your growth. In your development, be aware of how your abilities relate to your strengths, your personality, and your purpose.

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  • Ask questions that result in feedback to help you better understand how to use your abilities.
  • Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals.
  • Build a strong understanding of your strengths, personality, and purpose.

Express Your Feelings

Some find it quite easy to express their feelings, while others find it painfully difficult. Either way, it’s important for you to become comfortable in expressing your feelings to others. To clearly express your feelings and get comfortable doing so, you’ll need to be able to understand what you feel yourself. Don’t overlook the importance of how you come across to others when you’re not willing to clearly express your feelings.

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  • Replay past situations and give your feelings a name or description.
  • Identify and share how you’re feeling in the middle of conversations.
  • Seek feedback from others about how you express your feelings to them.
  • Choose a fictional character and analyze what they’re expressing through their verbal and non-verbal communication. Look at the feedback they’re receiving and how they handle it.

Make Friends Easily

Whether your personality type is extraverted or introverted, you’ll still need to make and keep friends. Your friends play an instrumental role in your development. Expand your relationships and seek out new ones so you have a variety of voices speaking into your life.

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  • Spend time in new places.
  • When you’re in a group setting, walk around and learn names.
  • Keep a list of conversation starters close at hand.
  • Find people with common interests and spend time with them.
  • Spend time in places where people congregate.
  • Ask yourself, “What might people like or dislike about me?”
  • Introduce yourself to strangers and initiate conversations with them.
  • Practice using open-ended questions with these people.
  • Look people in the eye and smile.

Understand How Others Feel

Understanding the feelings of others builds your interpersonal relationships as much as understanding your own feelings. You can build greater empathy and improved communication skills with others.

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  • Uncover the feelings of others by asking good questions.
  • When you interact with others, prepare ahead of time by considering what people might feel or think about what you’ll be talking about.
  • Choose a fictional character and analyze what they’re expressing through their verbal and non-verbal communication. Look at the feedback they’re receiving and how they handle it.
  • Analyze how you think other people are feeling and then ask them.

Recognize Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

Understanding of your strengths and weaknesses is vital to expanding your capacity. You need to know how they affect you and shape who you are as a person.

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  • Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Add examples how you see it demonstrated in your life.
  • Draw connections to how certain strengths could strengthen a certain weakness.
  • Ask yourself why you do what you do.
  • Consider taking some strength identification inventories or personality assessments.

Adapt to Change

Change is constant in a growing life so your capacity should help you adapt to it easily and quickly. Go beyond conquering your resistance to change and grow to actually embrace change. As you implement your steps for making necessary changes, change will become easier for you. The more change you endure, the easier it becomes. Seeing successful changes will give you the encouragement to make it a welcome part of your life.

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  • Clearly identify the reason for a change before you make it.
  • Approach change with an open mind and see it as a positive path to growth.
  • Ask someone you trust to support you through your changes and hold you accountable.