A great writer once said, "We are strong because we know our weaknesses. We are beautiful when we appreciate our flaws. We are wise because we learn from our mistakes." The key to focused weaknesses is not evading them but realizing where they are and being able to position them into their proper places. This is a process of managing and controlling our weaknesses. William S. Halsey says, "Our weaknesses could become smaller if we confront them instead of dodging them." Let's learn how to properly confront and manage our weaknesses by keeping them in check.
3 Focused Checks For Weaknesses
1. Acceptance Focused – Albert Einstein said, "Once we know (and accept) our limits we are able to go beyond them." Acknowledging that we have weaknesses in the areas that we need to be strong is a great challenge. However, as long as we deny our weaknesses we are unable to gain healthy growth for our lives.
Acceptance can be translated into the term humility. Being humble is a big step in confronting your weaknesses. Work to identify and accept your true weaknesses. Then be humble about them instead of defensive. Your humility will allow others to help you and put you in a position to receive their strengths.
2. Solution Focused – Each of us were made with a certain amount of limitations and weaknesses. Knowing this is only the first step in gain focus with our weaknesses. Our main focus should be on positioning our weaknesses to be effective in always accomplishing the goals we have before us. Norman Vincent Peale says, "Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution." If we look for the solutions to our weaknesses, I believe we can find them in others. The we can maximize every moment as a collective team.
Work to confront and solve your weaknesses within yourself first. This is what the old saying says, "To thine self be true." This might take some time but the process will help you gain a better understanding of the true weakness within. You might find out that your weaknesses could be just a lack of discipline and development of skills. If you find that you are unable to solve your weakness, then reach out to someone who has the strengths you lack. Together work to overcome the weaknesses. (Be careful in selecting these individuals because they can backfire on the plan. Someone that knows your weakness can also cause you to fail greatly.)
3. Forward Focused – Rick Warren said, “The greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success” When we have overcome one area of weakness we must not think that there are no others. Life is a continuous journey and it is impossible to be strong in all areas at all times. Keep a forward focus about the future and the potential weaknesses that may arise.
Each day will bring out new weaknesses. Expect to overcome not to be overcome. Your long term success is in your consistency to overcome weaknesses everyday with expectation of daily success.
Keep pushing to focus on accepting your weaknesses, solving your weaknesses with help from others and looking ahead for potential weak spots to have back up. Implementing these areas can help you overcome your weaknesses and live an effective life towards success.