Five ways to use your weaknesses to your advantage

 

It’s an act of bravery to recognize our own weaknesses. And that is the first step towards changing one’s personal status quo, because instead of using such issues as excuses to justify the current outcomes, you can use your weaknesses to your advantage and find ways to transform them into steppingstones to improve and eventually reach a better state.

Here are five ways to use our flaws to our advantage and turn something negative into a positive.

  1. IT’S USUALLY NOT YOUR FAULT. Most of our weaknesses are related to either our upbringing or the circumstances around us. If we were not trained or educated on a given subject, chances are we will fail when faced with a similar situation. For example, if you are not into sports and out of shape, and then you need to climb a wall or run extremely fast, it will be too difficult to conquer such obstacle. If you want to change that, you can start by adding exercise to your daily routine. This will help you to be ready the next time that a similar situation occurs.

 

  1. YOU ARE LEARNING ABOUT YOURSELF. As mentioned above, accepting our weaknesses is a great start. You are learning about yourself and that helps you using this knowledge to make different decisions. Think of yourself as a work-in-progress. The more you learn about your weak spots, the busiest you will be improving, making changes, getting stronger. And such process will leave no time to whine and lament, bus instead you will be constantly carving your path of success.
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  1. SHARE YOUR FLAWS. Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to share our issues with other people. The idea that “it’s nobody else’s business” can work in detriment of our goals. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable in front of others it releases the burden of keeping our feelings bottled up. If we don’t do it, we create a situation like a dam that is about to crack, and when it does… oh boy! There’s nothing wrong with showing our human side and use those lessons to move on with our lives. You will find that a lot of people relate to you and are ready to support you. Try it! When you share, that is a great way to use your weaknesses to your advantage.

 

  1. TAKE TIME TO PROCESS. Our defects can be the reason for depression, sadness, frustration, and other negative feelings. Sometimes trying to correct something that went bad due to our limitations requires time to overcome such negative feelings. When possible, use some time (minutes, hours or even days) to process your emotions. Let it all out! Allow yourself to drown in your sorrows and hit rock bottom… and then… after you took enough time… rise… all the way up! Be ready to use that experience to learn and become better. It’s all worth it. Make it count. Make it yours!

 

  1. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CHALLENGES. Everybody loves a great comeback! We see it in the movies, and we love it when it’s based on a true story. You can do the same with your own story. Keeping track of the hurdles and obstacles you face every day, and recalling the steps you took to overcome them, will give you enough motivation to remember that you are capable of so much more than you thought you could do. Using our past to take smart decisions in the present is the foundation of a better future.
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Recognizing and using our weaknesses is the baseline to define goals and turn those into strengths. Use your weaknesses to your advantage. It all starts with mindful recognition and acceptance.

 

Then, we take action and start rising… all the way up!

 

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Embrace Your Struggles

When we try to be perfect, that just shows how imperfect we are.

We are born with potential, not with abilities. We are a white canvas, a blank book, an empty recipient that starts being filled when we see the first light coming out of the womb.

Potential translates into success when we say “dadda” or “momma”, or when the first smile is drawn in our face.

Walking, running, speaking, singing, reading… nothing comes with us at birth, it’s all acquired with time and practice. And the journey is hard, full of disappointments, full of obstacles, full of hard falls.

However, we keep going, we strive to conquer such obstacles during our childhood. We want to become better, and we put down the effort to do so.

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As we grow up, the motivation to improve fades away, mostly because we feel that we have reached the pinnacle and there’s no more room to become smarter, as we take for granted that the years of education and experience give us enough to navigate any storm we face in life.

What really happens is that we avoid acknowledging our fears and our need for help. We feel that accepting failure is embarrassing, incorrect, out of the question.

And what has that accomplished?

Embracing our struggles liberates us. We move on faster when we embrace the fact that we are imperfect and that we are part of an infinite chain of helping and being helped. Accept the fact that there’s here’s always someone ready to help you, and there will always be someone in need of your help.

And when you’re helping, your struggles become your best tool. When you share your struggles, you might be providing a life-changing advice to someone, because they might be about to make the same mistake that you did, and now, by learning from you, they can make a different decision. Your struggles become golden nuggets of wisdom and by sharing them you show your vulnerable side and with that… your transparency. Because nobody believes in perfection. When someone talks only about perfect things, we don’t believe that, and we walk away from such individual.

In the journey of self-improvement, you will face a lot of unsavory situations. It’s fine to try to avoid those, but if you can’t, you need to make a conscientious effort to find the lesson in it. That lesson will become the next golden nugget of wisdom that you can share with others. That’s when you improve… harvesting the life-lessons and sharing them.

My struggles have thought me a lot of things.

I hope that your struggles do the same!

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Those qualities in you

Nobody knows you better than yourself.

Nobody can measure the struggles you have gone thru.

Only you can go to that place that is your first memory and re-live in your mind each and every experience you have had, and only you can judge your own actions, your decisions, the consequences of such decisions, and the lessons learned along the way.

That is the power of your free will. 

Free will to recognize your imperfections, your defects, your challenges, and your opportunities.

But most importantly, you can recognize your best qualities, your strengths, your unique way to approach your own life and to make better decisions. You have the courage to continue your self-improvement journey. You know what you need to become better, to become smarter, to become wiser.

Once you figure out those qualities, it becomes a matter of time to realize that you can use your qualities to your advantage.

You are better than to perform repetitive work over and over.

You are better than receiving order and to be instructed to obey, not to think.

You are better than staying in an illusory comfort zone that will not last long, and that will cause you grief instead of joy.

Those qualities of yours… they are awesome! And you need to make the best use of them.

Never quit trying… never surrender your dreams… never stop learning.

I’m cheering for you because I’m sure you will succeed.

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The Power of Forgiving Ourselves

In multiple occasions I have taken bad decisions. Decisions that came with a hefty price and in different forms. Decisions that at some point I regretted and wished to take back.

If you have been in situations like that, I totally understand your pain and frustration.

But we also need to look at those decisions and their consequences as a lesson from life, a lesson that teaches us something, something that can be used to improve and to be ready for the next decisions to take.

Instead of grieving forever due to the decisions we took in the past, forgiving ourselves helps us close that chapter and move on. It allows us to look at the future with an unburdened mind and gives us more clarity to base our next steps on the foundation of our resiliency and our character.

It requires great character to forgive the faults of other people, but the ultimate act of self-improvement is shown when we forgive ourselves and get ready for the next fork in the road. Remember that our current situation is the result of the multiple decisions we have made in the past. That means that our future will be determined by the kind of decisions we start taking today.

If you’re looking for a better future, you’re allowed to review your past, but only as a reference, not as a predictor of the journey ahead. Use that knowledge and put it to good use. You will thank yourself later for that.

Some people use the phrase: “I want to leave the world better than I found it”. This is a great statement, but there’s no external betterment without internal improvement. We cannot take care of others when we don’t take care of ourselves. Forgiving ourselves gives us that opportunity and it must be part of our plan to thrive in any circumstances.

I choose to forgive myself. You, my friend, please do the same.

Have a great life!

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