It is never too late to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. You may not always have the opportunity to evaluate your own habits and behaviors but you can ask others who are close to you well-known to assess your habits and behaviors as well. There are even online resources available that can help you in determining your strengths and weaknesses. The best way to start assessing your strengths and weaknesses is by focusing on the areas of your life that are of biggest interest to you. Start with hobbies, interests and other activities in which you can clearly show your strengths.
Once you know your strengths, work on enhancing your strengths and weaknesses. Identify your personal "abilities" and then work on matching them up with your most important areas of life. Some of your most important areas of life include: your skills, your abilities, your talents, your values, your personality, your intelligence, your determination and your ambition. Once you've identified your strengths and weaknesses, you can begin to identify your personal "additions" or the areas of your life that you think you can most contribute to and improve.
You may be very good at some areas of your hobbies but poor at others. So you need to determine how strong you are in those areas. Then you can begin to identify your "additions" or where you think you can most excel or become better. When you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can start to work on enhancing your strengths and your weaknesses.
Figure out your true "purpose." Ask yourself questions like, why do I want to be a writer? What are the specific benefits that I'll get from writing? Would I be happy to spend the rest of my life working as a writer? How do I see myself performing this task? Keep asking yourself questions as you make plans to improve your areas of weaknesses.
After you've identified your strengths, identify your weaknesses. It's important to know where you're weak, because it will help you work on those areas. Identify areas in which you think you need improvement. Then, when you make plans to improve those areas, you have a goal to reach as well as a step-by-step plan to reach that goal. You have a plan to reach your strengths and weaknesses, you just have to figure out which one of those areas needs the most work.
Now that you have your strengths and weaknesses, you need to figure out how to best use your strengths and your weaknesses. For example, if you love to write but don't know how to write, you might consider taking an online writing course. If you're an excellent typist but hate writing, you might consider taking a typing class. Don't just sit there and wait for your limitations to be solved. Work on your weaknesses and give those areas of your life a boost.
Once you have figured out your strengths and weaknesses, identify opportunities in which to apply your strengths and weaknesses. Do you love being creative but don't have any stories to tell? Consider taking a writing class. Are you an excellent secretary but don't have any experience in that position? Think about working in the office of someone with more experience and becoming a part of their team.
Finally, after you've identified your strengths and weaknesses, develop plans to work on those areas. It's important that you have a clear action plan and follow through with it. Don't just allow your weaknesses to be a burden. You can overcome them if you take action and develop a plan.