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Reflect upon your own strengths and weaknesses
 
Understanding yourself is the first step towards capitalizing on your strengths and working to minimize your weaknesses. It is indeed interesting, once in a while, to sit back and carefully appraise yourself so that you do not develop an unrealistic image of yourself.

In my case, I know that my determination in every endeavor I encounter is a strength that allows me to achieve what I have today. When I was in primary school, I was a rather mediocre player trying out for the school netball team. My sister then was playing netball for the Malaysian team, and I was understandably very proud of her. In fact, I was so proud that I even wore her national training jersey to my school training one day. When the coach saw me in the unmistakable national colors, she stormed up to me and lectured me on how I did not earn the right to don national colors. Her parting shot was: "If you want so much to wear it, earn it!" I never forgot what she said. I trained very hard every day from then on. After school, I would be sweating it out on the court tossing the ball into the net. At the end of all this, I was spotted by the national team manager as a potential netball player, and that started my sojourn as a national netball player. Had it not been for the fact that I was determined to be worthy of the national colors, I would not have managed to endure those afternoons of baking under the sun and trying to perfect my aim.

I am also an intensely loyal person. It is not easy to get to know me because I am a reticent person. But once I have made a friend, I am always loyal to that person. I do not believe in blindly siding with my friends; my loyalty is the sincerity that I show in letting you always know that what I do is never meant to hurt you. When my good friend was in trouble because she had thrown a shoe at the fan and caused it to malfunction, I persuaded her to own up as it was the right thing to do. But I would never tell on her. In fact, I spent the afternoons when she was `sentenced' to detention walking with her all over the school grounds to collect litter. It was my way of saying that I stood by her no matter what.

But I have certain weaknesses, which are detrimental to my health. A good example is my hot temper. When I am irked, I find it incredibly difficult to control my outburst. I will usually become very red in the face as the blood would rush to my face. Looking like a dragon then, my voice would bellow at the unfortunate soul who has incurred my wrath. At times like this, even my friends would stay away from me! This hot temper is compounded by the fact that I have very little patience. People who are slow in reacting to me or in doing things would set my temper off. These are the two traits that I must change.

I can also be terribly lazy. This may seem strange, considering the fact that I am a national netball player, but it is true. At home, I love nothing more than simply lounging about in my comfortable bed. When my mother needs help in getting some things done, I actually pretend to be asleep. Unfortunately, she has grown wise to that now and will drag me out of bed even if I am really asleep! I suppose this is my retribution.

Although there are things that I must change about myself, I still find myself immensely likeable. My honesty in evaluating myself is a good stepping stone to accepting myself. I guess this is why I have such a positive self-image.

     
appraise   evaluate
     
mediocre   average
     
sojourn   visit
 
 

 

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