Why it's important to know your own weaknesses

We all have weaknesses. Even the most organized, compassionate, or entrepreneurial types have weaknesses. The key is to know your weaknesses and make them work to your advantage.

Here are my tips on knowing and making the most of your weaknesses.

For this exercise, have a pen and paper handy and jot down your thoughts. Your thoughts will have more power when written down.

Don’t pretend you don’t have any

Pretending you don’t have any weaknesses won’t help you grow as a person. It might stroke your ego, thinking you have no faults but it will leave you with little room for improvement and growth.

Not to mention, it will be hard on the people who have to work and live with you every day. No one is perfect, don’t strut around thinking that you are.

Identify what your weaknesses are

Remember that moment during a job interview when the interviewer asks you what your weaknesses are? I always hated that part of the interview.

Mainly because they expected you to say something and I was never sure if I was going to shoot myself in the foot. My standard answer was usually filing (which indeed I hate and consequently don’t do as often as I should). This isn’t an interview though.

Think for a moment what you want to do and be more than anything else. Then think about where you are right now. More than likely your weaknesses at the things that stop you from getting to point A (where you want to be) from Point B (where you are).

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Don’t be too hard on yourself

When I wrote that last headline, it dawned on me that some people might go to town to identify their weaknesses. Some of us are naturally hard on ourselves. This is a time to be logical and practical, not brutal.

The purpose of identifying your weaknesses is not to undermine your self-esteem.

Also a quick note to women out there, your weaknesses should have nothing to do with your body parts, weight, or the way you look. Overeating junk food may be a weakness, but large thighs or cellulite are not.

You must keep things in perspective.

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Get help if you need it

It is important to distinguish a weakness from an addiction. If you have problems with drinking, drugs, gambling, or any other harmful problem. Get help!

It is important NOT to simply write these issues off as some petty weakness. Your addiction could ruin your health, career, and family.

Get help and get it under control now.

Understand how your weaknesses affect you

This part might be slightly unpleasant.

Time to have a close and honest look at how your weaknesses are affecting you. How are they having a negative impact on your life?  How are they holding you back? What are they costing you? Remember cost is not necessarily a monetary value.

Your weaknesses could also be hurting the people you love, so give some thought to how your weaknesses may be affecting those around you.

Being aware can be half of the battle.

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Believe in a growth mindset

A growth mindset is when you believe in your ability to change. You believe you have the capacity to learn new skills, try new things, and grow as a person.

Wherein a fixed mindset has people believing that everything will stay the same and that there is no room for improvement or learning.

Work towards change (if that is what you want)

Perhaps you are not interested in changing. Perhaps you are happy staying the way you are.

One reason for identifying your weaknesses is to work out if you want to change or improve. Once that decision is made, it is then a matter of getting to work on making that change happen.

Say for instance you are lazy but you want to exercise more. Work out a plan. Start with something simple, planning to run your first marathon isn’t practical if you are struggling to get off the couch.

It’s always a good idea to get the hardest task out of the way first. Go for a walk in the morning before the rest of the day gives you excuses not to exercise. Enlist a friend to go with you (someone to keep you accountable).

It might also be helpful to focus on one big change at a time. If you decide to take on several change projects all at once, you could end up feeling overwhelmed and end up chucking them all.

In some cases, you might want to work with a coach, mentor, or a helpful family member or friend. However you decide to go about it, there are ways that you can improve and grow as a person. The key is how badly you want to change.

Know your weaknesses

When you know your weaknesses, you can work on improving yourself. You know which areas of your life you need to work on or in some cases delegate tasks to other people. You don’t have to be great at everything (no one is after all) so knowing your weaknesses highlights what you can work on.

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