(By Tanvier Peart)
“One of the first steps to making a weakness work for you is to identify them. Otherwise, you’ll never focus on the thing that needs improvement. Take a quick inventory of your life to figure out where your shortcomings are. Is there something you could do better on the job? Create a shortlist of these “setbacks” that you will use later.“
It’s human nature to put so much stress on ourselves that it can cause any and everything from ulcers to depression. Since when did this notion of being perfect become the new norm?
Contrary to popular belief, no one has got it 100 percent together and if they do, I surely hope they sell their secret. There is something that we all lack or struggle with that keeps us moving on the journey of self-improvement. Should you be struggling with areas that need improvement on the job, here are some tips on how to make those weaknesses work for you.
TAKE A CHILL PILL
Okay before you go off the deep end please calm down and relax. Beating yourself up over limitations is not productive in the least bit and can throw you into a “woe is me” cycle that’s hard to escape. When you start to feel inadequate, just know this is something everyone deals with at some point in their life.
IDENTIFY YOUR SHORTCOMINGS
One of the first steps to making a weakness work for you is to identify them. Otherwise, you’ll never focus on the thing that needs improvement. Take a quick inventory of your life to figure out where your shortcomings are. Is there something you could do better on the job? Create a shortlist of these “setbacks” that you will use later.
ACCEPT YOUR ABILITIES
Please note in no way does this mean that you should be happy about any limitations you may have, or accept shortcomings with open arms. We all should strive to be our best selves but sometimes that also means knowing what we are and aren’t capable of doing. Everyone has their own set of talents and things they are good at including you, and it’s often our differences that make us unique. Rather than beat yourself up trying to imitate another, take a look at your capabilities to find ways on making them work.
LOOK FOR COUNTER STRENGTHS
For every weakness there is a strength. Now that you have identified areas that could use some improvement it’s time to pair those with a positive alternative. For example, if your weakness is being inconsistent on the job, a counter strength or opposite would be reliability. What are some ways you could be more reliable around the office. Perhaps through better follow up or creating a more manageable schedule that allows you to get more things done? Or if communication is your strength, seek out ways to use it. Start matching your weaknesses with strengths.
TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME
Now that you have identified weaknesses and countering strengths, it’s time to put them into action. Rather than kill yourself trying to work on everything at once (that can be extremely stressful), take it one step at a time. No one expects you to make a complete 180 overnight, but as long as you are working to improve yourself that’s something that can be commended.
CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE
If you know your weaknesses and continue to do the same thing, how can you expect different results? Change up your routine by doing things differently than you’ve done before. Think of things or habits you once did that catered to your weaknesses and find alternative choices that hopefully will turn them into more of a strength.
STAY IN THE KNOW
If one of your weaknesses can be fixed with some extra knowledge or continuing education, what are you waiting for? Stay in the know by seeking extra experience and educational opportunities. This might even curb some of your weaknesses. If you aren’t good with computers, take a class. Are you always late to the office and can’t seem to get everything you need to do done in a day? Look for a time management seminar.
Is there a certain goal you can tie to your weakness, perhaps something you’d like to accomplish? Begin brainstorming about goals you can pair with any setbacks you have that can include a time frame for turning them into great strengths, or being proactive in an area you normally feared because of your weakness.
CONSIDER A MENTOR
As mentioned before we all have our struggles and setbacks which means that we aren’t the only ones going through something. Consider finding a mentor or someone you can talk to about your concerns. For all you know, they might have gone through something similar and can provide advice on how they were able to shine.
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