You are not the only person on planet earth that is not good at everything you want to be good at (we know…. you thought you were). In this article, we are going to help you recognize your weaknesses (if you don’t already know what they are) and turn them into strengths.
Your weaknesses are not weaknesses if you perceive them to be strengths
Is it really y that simple? Yes it is!
Thinking of your weaknesses as strengths is only a matter of perspective.
Very much like optimism and pessimism. If you, you’d like to learn more about being optimistic, check out our article on optimism. (click here)
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses that are ingrained their character (for one reason or another).
We were not “born” with these characteristics, we developed them from the experiences we’ve had in our lives.
Our personality also plays a role in our characteristic development. Our personality makes us more prone to developing specific characteristics than others.
What is learned…can be unlearned!
You are not destined to be a prisoner of your weaknesses.
There is no such thing as “good or bad characteristics.” There are only “characteristics.”
If we perceive a characteristic as a weakness, then it is. However, we can easily shift our focus on that characteristic and realize how this is not a weakness at all – it is a strength!
Is your glass half full yet?
We hope you are optimistic about the opportunity to turn your weaknesses into strengths. To “pull this off,” you need to know that you can – and you wouldn’t be reading our post if you didn’t think it was possible (it is 100% possible – and easy to do!)
There are 2 basic elements to this discussion
- Recognizing your weaknesses and acknowledging them (a must)
- Perceiving your weaknesses as strengths (no problem)
* Keep in mind that you do not need to be ‘the expert’ in every single aspect of your life or business – we can ‘hire’ experts! There are not enough days in our lives to become the expert in every single field, which is why we can consult or hire other people who have spent their time becoming exerts in a category or field that we are not.
The important thing to know, is “you don’t have to be the expert in everything” – it’s OK!
Perhaps there is an aspect of your life or business that you would like to know more about so that you don’t have unrealistic exceptions from the people who you are working with? Then, you want to learn “just enough to be dangerous” but you do not need to become an expert. You have other things to do – like the things you are the expert on!
The point we are trying to make is this – don’t be so hard on yourself. It is OK not to ‘know it all’ (nobody likes one of these people anyways)
We tend to over-complicate our weaknesses and allow them to have a negative impact on our abilities. Our weaknesses fuel our beliefs and have a profound effect on our potential (whether we think we can achieve something ….or not)
It is in our nature (as humans) to focus on our shortcomings. Stupid, but we all do it.
10,000 Hours – where are we going with this?
How many hours is that?
10 Hours a day x 365 Days a year x 4 year = 10,000 Hours
There is a rule that states: If you spend 10,000 hours mastering a skill it will turn into a talent. You will, if you spend 10,000 hours on a developing yourself in a specific area – you will be an expert!
Isn’t that amazing? You can be an expert in just 4 years!
Why is this important? It is important for you to see that “whatever you want to do, you can do.” Also, it is important that you understand what it is going to take for you to become the ‘know it all’ in any particular field you wish to be the ‘know it all.”
Now you know that you can be an expert in anything you wish to be an expert in – it just takes a little elbow grease! (or reading ….a lot).
We are telling you this for the purpose of helping you to understand that you “do not have enough time in your life to be the expert about everything.” This isn’t just important to “hear us say,” you must know this.
We just showed you that it isn’t possible. (yes, we know how awesome we are)
What is possible, is being the best at “something.” If you are not the “best at something” and you wish to be….You can be.
All you have to do is…..get going.
In a perfect world, you would be great at everything there is to do (I think you are looking for the next planet over)
How can we change our perception concerning our weaknesses to turn them into strengths?
- Recognize and acknowledge your weakness: The first step is identifying what your weaknesses are. You can’t overcome what you don’t see – so think about this and be honest with yourself. If you have a close friend or loved one that will be honest with you, ask them what your weaknesses are (don’t get mad at them for telling you, you need to hear it). We will cover “basic” weaknesses later in the article to give you a baseline to go by (your weakness might be on this list we provided. The list will just help you brainstorm.)
- Face your weakness: Whatever your weaknesses are, write down a few things that you can do to overcome them. For example, if you weakness is confrontation and someone in your life is taking advantage of that, confront them. Face your weakness. Do what you need to do to prove your weakness doesn’t control you. It won’t be easy, but it must be done (and you will get better at it)
- Outsource where you lack the skills and talents: We’ve talked about this already. Utilize other people and what they have chosen to become an expert on.
- Be prepared: Planning ahead can help us overcome our weakness.
Let’s take a look at some common weaknesses:
- Overly Optimistic
Pick 3 of your weaknesses and write them down (they don’t have to be on this list)
We will give you a few examples of how to perceive these characteristics (weaknesses) with a positive perspective.
Once you have identified your weaknesses and have chosen to look at them as strengths, they will no longer be weaknesses.
- Disorganized – You are a creative’ person. You like to keep your mind open and think. The more organized you are, the less chance you have of being creative.
- Stubborn – You are tenacious
- Emotionless – You are ‘calm’ and ‘professional.’ Showing too much emotion is disruptive to your productivity.
- Unrealistic – You are an optimistic person that thinks big.
- Negative – You are realistic and pragmatic.
- Arrogant –You are self-confidant
- Inflexible – You are a careful planer and you are highly organized.
- Inconsistent – You like to explore new avenues that bring you different conclusions. Therefore, your ideas are always fresh and based on your new experiences.
- Indecisive – You are a careful thinker that doesn’t like to “rush to conclusions” prior to making an important decision.
- Obnoxious – You are usually excited about the direction you are going in, overly excited!
- Shy – You bond slowly with others, but your bonds are real, and they are lasting. You know how difficult is to establish relationships, so you keep the ones you have close.
These are just a few examples. However, you can see clearly how this works, can’t you?
Stop using your weaknesses as an excuse. They are only weaknesses because you think they are. It is time, right now, to rethink your perceptions.
Who knew that you weren’t going to have any weaknesses when you got done reading this article? (besides us)
Do you have a weakness that you need help rethinking? Let us know what it is in the comment section below – we can help!
Author: Philip Isaac
Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.