5 Ways to Weed Weakness Out of Your Life

Part VI of Series – Success Traits

Everyone has weaknesses. We’re born with them. We grow with them. We lose them, develop them, and lose them all over again. It’s part of the growing experience.

So, if you’re trying to pass off your life as one with no weaknesses, you may be having a tough time. It takes time to get to a point where you graduate your attributes from weak ones to strong ones, but it is 100% possible. Start with a few solid ways to weed weakness out of your life.

For me it happened in the Service Department of a Jeep Dealer. I was the Service Writer at a popular and busy Jeep dealer and when I didn’t have a car ready for a customer that I knew would explode when they found out… I decided to just take the blame. Adopt the weakness of the Service Department as my own and take responsibility. Most in my position would say the dealer was sorry but it was some other person’s fault. I just decided one day to take the heat – and it wasn’t that bad. In fact, the customer earned a lot of respect for me taking responsibility. That led to a trend in my own personal business ethics. Own it.

  1. Make it a Game

When you zoom out and think about your weaknesses, you can make a list out of them. Write them all down. Then, attack your list as if it were a to-do list. These are definitive attributes that can be improved or changed, so why not go for them? You can also hire out or delegate your weaknesses (if applicable) but knowing them and taking ownership of them is a crucial step.

  • Learn from Others

You are not alone here. You’re certainly not the only person who has had/will ever have this weakness. You have tons of people to look up to and learn from, so use this to your advantage. Find someone who has similar weaknesses or similar habits as you. Ask them questions. Learn from them. Then, apply it to your situation.

Hint… when you adopt something from someone and experience growth or relief, call them out on it. Give them credit and thank them. This goes a long way and demonstrates how people should treat you when they come along after you and steal your tricks.

  • Think About What You Cannot See

Have you ever received criticism from someone and been completely shocked? Sometimes we don’t realize our weaknesses until it is brought to our attention. If you’re starting on a self-improvement project, try asking your friends and family what they think you can improve about yourself.

  • Take it a Step Further

Weaknesses are not surface level, so they shouldn’t be treated that way. If you have a hard time speaking in public, there is likely a deeper-seated issue causing that surface-level weakness. If you don’t like to do your work on time, there’s probably something triggering that. When you analyze your weaknesses, don’t just think about how you want to improve them. Think about why they are there in the first place. Ask yourself questions like “Why do I really feel this way?” or “Have I always felt this way?” Get to the crux of your weakness, and then work to crush it. 

  • Recognize that Strengths Always Trump Weaknesses

No matter what your strengths are or what your weaknesses are, the good always trumps the bad. Don’t be too hard on yourself throughout this process. You have so many good things going for you, so don’t let yourself forget about those. When you’re asking your loved ones about your weaknesses, ask about your strengths. When you’re making a list of things you want to improve about yourself, make a list about the things you pride yourself on. Keep up the morale and push through!

A great sister piece of content to this article is our course on “I Believe“.

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