How to use your Strengths to overcome your Weaknesses.


We all have strengths and weaknesses. Being reminded of our weaknesses is unpleasant. Therefore, we learn to avoid tasks that require skills that we think of as weaknesses. This avoidance can cause problems and hold you back.

For example, if you don’t see yourself as good at learning, you’ll likely avoid it. The more you avoid it, the harder it becomes. When you’ve avoided something for a long time, your skills won’t be as good as someone who has regularly practiced. Therefore weaknesses can seem more pronounced over time. You can end up feeling embarrassed by them.

What’s the solution?

A fun option to overcome a weakness is to find a new way to approach it that utilizes one of your core strengths. For example one of weakness is public speaking, so to overcome this weakness you must utilize your listening and reading strengths to help you make your speaking skills better.

Start by identifying your strengths and weaknesses.

To implement the above process in your own life, you’re going to need to build your awareness of your strengths.  Try starting with a list of 5-6 strengths and 1-3 weaknesses.  Write them down in 2 columns, and then draws some arrows from the strengths to the weaknesses where you think you could potentially apply a strength to a weakness.  You don’t need to be 100% sure how you’re going to do it just yet. Go with your gut of what you think might be applicable.

For the weaknesses, you should focus on things that are actually getting in your way and that you have some motivation to change.  For example, they could be related to negotiating, finances, relationships, or health behaviors.

The types of strengths that can be good candidates are things like:

  • being good at researching information
  • resourcefulness
  • ability to follow instructions
  • ability to synthesize information
  • warmth
  • thoughtfulness
  • being calm and emotionally even-keeled
  • patience

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