This is The Year: Turn Weakness into Strength

Learning how to identify weakness is key to growth in your personal and business life.

Broaden Your Perspective

You may already have a good idea of what your weaknesses may be. Seeing yourself from another point of view can provide further insight into weaknesses that may be holding you back. Ask a trusted friend, family member, and/or coworker what your strengths and weaknesses are. By asking for your strengths, people are more likely to give you an accurate description of your weaknesses. Gaining an accurate perspective from your peers is the best way to identify weaknesses. Remember to celebrate your strengths as well! This exercise isn’t to make you feel bad about yourself. It is about a genuine desire to do better in your personal and work life.

Identify Complementary Skills

No one is perfect. Be realistic when identifying your weaknesses. Is it something that can be fixed, or is it worth your time to find someone to fill in the gaps? For example, say you are bad with money, especially when it comes to your business. You can take classes and seminars, or even get a degree, to educate yourself and change your habits. In the mean time, is your business suffering for your weakness? Can you outsource the financial planning to a professional? Part of identifying weaknesses is identifying whether you can fix them alone. Many people rely on a network of trusted professionals to help support them, so they can focus on bettering their strengths. 

Continued Education

Education doesn’t stop after graduation. The only way to get better at something is education and practice. Habits take practice. Self-discipline takes practice. Seek education outlets; you don’t have to spend a fortune on sites like YouTube and Skillshare. Remember to be patient with yourself and stay focused. The only way to change is with desire and focus.

No Excuses

When you talk and reflect on your weaknesses, don’t make excuses for them. Acceptance is the first step to change. Be realistic with yourself on your rate of change, and the amount of effort needed to change. With enough persistence and determination, you can turn your weaknesses into strengths.

Have any tips on how to identify weakness? Let us know in the comments below.

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