It’s not uncommon advice for you to hear “Focus on your strengths” when it comes to getting ahead in life but what about your weaknesses? Have you explored them? Could it be that your weakness once developed might be a strength in disguise?
In a perfect world, you would be really good at everything but as we are imperfect human beings living in this imperfect world, we all have to face the fact that we’re good at some things and just passable or downright poor at other things. This can be frustrating especially if there is something you desire in life.
Recognizing your weaknesses shows a strength of character. You cannot improve if you do not accept that some of your skill set may be mediocre. The willingness to accept your weaknesses plays a vital role in your personal and professional success.
Developing your weaknesses is not about pursuing perfection, rather, it’s a result of productive self-improvement. It’s understanding how you can improve, targeting areas of deficit, and working steadily to grow as a person so you can achieve more high-level goals and life satisfaction.
How To Transform Your Weakness Into A Strength
Science has taught us that we are constantly building neural connections. We have the ability to grow and evolve if we chose to. But before you consider your weaknesses, take the time to identify your strengths. Use your strong points to help strengthen your weak points.
1. Recognize and Accept your Weaknesses
Stop denying your weaknesses. They exist and that is a fact. But, guess what? You’re not good at everything, and neither is anyone else. So go ahead and determine what those weaknesses are and accept them.
2. Face your fears.
Be honest with yourself, it’s ok to be afraid. It’s normal for people to fear things that are new. We do not like the unknown, the unsafe, the unsure, or the feeling of being vulnerable. The only solution is to face your fear head-on because avoiding it only prevents you from moving forward. Besides some of our fears only exist in our minds.
3. Grow from your Mistakes
Mistakes are your best teachers. Learn from them because what you learn from making a mistake is what sets you apart from those who want to change and become better and those who give up or continue to make the same mistakes.
4. It’s Worth the Extra Effort
Even though you may never be great at all tasks, some are worth the extra effort to develop. Polishing your weaker skills can get you ahead more. Try to visualize success this can help motivate you to strengthen those weak areas so you can use them to your advantage.
5. Set Specific Goals.
Once you’ve identified where you’d like to improve, set specific goals for what you’d like to achieve. Schedule it, be consistent, and Practice.
6. Practice, Practice
Practice makes Progress. Just like you unintentionally practice your strengths (e.g. favoring your strong arm) balance it out by giving focus to your weak arm.
7. Preparation is the Key
Sometimes the best defense against your weakness is to overcompensate with excellent preparation. Find a mentor whose strength is your weakness. Model their behavior or ask for advice.
8. It’s all about Mindset
Mindset plays a significant role in determining your life’s success. By understanding, and shifting your mindset, you can improve on anything. Mindset is also an integral part of strengthening your weaknesses.
9. Be Consistent
You may not always feel motivated so you have to be consistent in your efforts. Develop a growth mindset when working on your weaknesses because results may not come overnight but in time, the muscle memory will build and your weaknesses will become stronger.
Weakness in Disguise
Never ignore your strengths. It’s important to know what your strengths are so you can excel in life. But it’s also crucial to know what your weaknesses are so you can work on them. An interesting fact: You might, later on, uncover that some of your weaknesses are actually strengths in disguise.
Here’s a great follow-up read: CAN A GOOD PERSON WITH BAD HABITS CHANGE THEIR LIFE?