Sure, most of us would like to believe we (and our kids!) are Renaissance types. Smart in every area... But that doesn't work for most of us (nor our kids!) Few of us ace (or aced) every subject in school or in life. Sorry!
So, wouldn't it makes sense to MAXIMIZE OUR STRENGTHS and find ways to MAKE OUR NON-STRENGTHS IRRELEVANT? But, that assumes three important things:
1. You know what those strengths are
2. You feel confident enough in those areas to FOCUS and to MASTER them.
3. You have the wisdom and courage to let go of who you're not and BECOME GREAT AT WHO YOU ARE!
Here's a helpful lens:
Harvard University's Howard Gardner identified what he calls "multiple intelligences." In other words, he identified more than one way to be "smart." His main list included 7, but he also believed there could be other ways to be intelligent and discussed them as well. (For example he hinted at natural intelligence and spiritual intelligence... so I am including those here)
Consider yourself (and your children) in light of these ways to be smart.
1. Word Smart: (linguistic intelligence) You're good at language, at written or spoken communication, interpretation of meanings and exploration of ideas utilizing words.
2. Number/Reasoning Smart (logical-mathematical intelligence) You're good at detecting patterns, analyzing problems, performing mathematical calculations and understanding relationships between causes and effects.
3. Picture Smart (spatial intelligence) You're good with pictures and the creation of visual images, expression, utilizing shapes and designs to represent ideas or fill space in ways that please the eye.
4. Body Smart (bodily-kinesthetic smart) You have positive body movement control, manual dexterity, and/or physical agility and balance. You have eye and body coordination and can use that to manipulate your environment or other objects.
5. Music Smart (musical intelligence) You possess the ability to appreciate, recognize and utilize sound including tones and rhythmic patterns to create or work with music.
6. People Smart (interpersonal intelligence) You have the ability to perceive other's feelings, relate in a sensitive manner and can interpret behaviour, communicate effectively and understand the relationship between people and situations.
7. Self Smart (intrapersonal intelligence) You have a developed self-awareness, personal cognisance and personal objectivity. You are capable to understand yourself and your relationship to others and your world and know what you need.
8. Nature Smart (naturalist intelligence) You have a keen awareness of nature and the environment around you. You tune in to animals, plants and their various eco-systems and interrelationships.
9. God Smart (spiritual intelligence) You have a keen awareness of God in,around and through your situation and that of others. You make application of spiritual wisdom to circumstances and appreciate God's presence and involvement in all of life.
So, what ways seem to most resonate with you?
Do any of these seem to be where your children/spouse is smart?
If you want to go deeper ... then I would suggest a free online assessment.
Here's the link: http://www.businessballs.com/howardgardnermultipleintelligences.htm#multiple intelligences tests
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