Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. We like to display our strengths to gain praise from those around us. Equally so, most of us look to shield or hide our weaknesses.
While you should continue to build on your strengths, to ensure that they remain your strengths, what will make quantum leaps in your self-confidence and personal value is to focus and improve on your weaknesses. Your weaknesses are a part of you, though they don’t always have to be an anchor on your life or career. Identify them, face them and fix them.
I don’t know about you…but I find facing my weakness to be a very difficult task to do. To sit down, identify the weakness and come up with ways to improve on them is daunting. Especially if the way you found out about your weakness is in front of a large group of people!
For most, the first instinct is to curl into a ball and never come back out. But you are limiting your options if you do so!
Ways to Work on your Weaknesses:
You are not alone in your journey to continual development. In the workplace, build strong and trusting relationships with your co-workers. By building up these friendships, it becomes a team effort where you help each other achieve goals. Having an empowering team can mean a lot when you are overcoming challenges.
If you want to overcome your weaknesses and build on them, you must have clear objectives and plans to achieve them. You need to map out and understand what is the exact problem along with a number of possible solutions. Failing to plan is planning to fail
Focus on small victories. You won’t overcome your weakness in a day so don’t be too harsh on yourself. It takes time and resilience to turn the weakness into a strength. When you have made progress…celebrate! Nothing beats giving yourself a pat on the back after a job well done.
You can use the essence and fundamentals of your strengths to assist in developing what you are weak on. Focus on your strengths and discover what aspect of them can be used. Use your strengths to leap over the fear factor and trust in yourself. Build up confidence with actions that you are good at.
Take Home Message:
As Albert Einstein said, “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character”. Face up to your weaknesses. Speak to your friends and colleagues to develop a plan that can turn that weakness into something you are confident and proud of. By overcoming challenges you give yourself more opportunities and options in life to experience what you couldn’t before.
Your weaknesses are your most valuable targets for improvement.