Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths

Published on 20 September 2021 at 09:00

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Let’s learn how to turn our weaknesses into strengths!

 

The most difficult part of this process is being honest with yourself. 

 

Why would it be important to understand our weaknesses? We’re often taught that our vulnerabilities are things we should be ashamed of, work on heavily, or just hide. But, all of us are just a culmination of our weaknesses and our strengths working together. 

 

We can use our weaknesses to help us move forward in our individual lives. 

 

First, identify your weaknesses. Sit for 15 minutes and think of some things that you hold against yourself. Some common weaknesses are: impatience, procrastination, not handling criticism well, selfish, blunt, impulsive, or bossy. Really be honest with yourself here. Don’t hide the answer in a story like “well, when I was in high school someone made fun of the way I talk so now I’m shy.” 

 

Second, tell a story about your weakness. Let’s use procrastination as our example. You might say “I sometimes put off important work until the last minute, and because of this I feel anxious and upset.” Relate this to a time when you saw this weakness in action. “One time at work I put off an important file for a big client. The day before it was due I had to stay up all night getting it done.” Dig way deep at this step. You want to feel any pain associated with this weakness. Write down what you feel. 

 

Now, this next part might sound...weird. Because it goes against what we’ve been told to do. We are going to turn this weakness into a strength, not by eliminating it but by changing the way we think about it. 

 

Procrastination is our example, so let’s flip it! The difference between that being a positive and a negative trait is “production” versus “laziness”. 

 

“Because I procrastinated, I was able to cut out all distractions since I needed to get this done. I was efficient with my work.”

 

Your weaknesses can work FOR you, but you’ve spent so long letting them work AGAINST you that this is going to take some time. You’re too loud? Maybe you’re an excellent speaker. You’re too sensitive? There’s THOUSANDS of career paths out there for empathy. 

 

Let’s recap these steps:

  1. Find your weaknesses
  2. Feel your weaknesses
  3. Start to use positive language about your weaknesses.
  4. Continue to use positive language about your weaknesses, even when it’s hard. 

 

There are different types of weaknesses. We’re only talking about personal weaknesses, such as personality weaknesses. Not knowing how to use Microsoft Excel is a knowledge based weakness, meaning you can learn how to & that is no longer an “issue”. Personality weaknesses can be changed or trashed, but you’ll spend much less energy being positive about your weakness than negative about it. Spend your energy smarter, not harder. 

 

If you have a specific weakness that you’d like help changing, send us an email or take our free assessment on the Home page!

 

Talk to you soon!


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