How to View Your Weaknesses as Strengths


Are you a self-aware person that realizes your weaknesses and would appreciate a quick way to improve them?

I certainly am! After spending way too much time and energy trying to “fix myself” – meaning my natural flaws and quirks – I’ve learned that accepting me for me can prove to be more satisfying and productive.

What if I told you that your weaknesses are not really weaknesses at all?

How to view a weakness as a strength
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Take this popular story for example:

There was once a 10 year old boy who wanted to learn judo. Unfortunately, he had the weakness of having only one arm. However, the judomaster still accepted him into the dojo. Despite only having his right arm the judomaster taught the boy how to perfect one move – along with other basic throws and techniques.

The boy entered his first tournament nervous knowing that he had only mastered one throw. To his surprise he won every match with this one move and hence won the tournament.

After receiving his trophy the young boy asked the judomaster, “How did I win the tournament with only one move?” The judomaster replied, “You won for two reasons. First, you’ve mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo.  Second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The Trick is Learning How to Manipulate Perception

Life is all about how you perceive it, that is why every single person on this earth lives in a completely different world (figuratively) – everyone views life differently. Think of it as a mental lens that alters what you experience from what your neighbor experiences based on how each of you perceives it.

Each of your weaknesses is almost guaranteed to result in a strength you have. Take me for example, I used to view my snails pace in writing and researching as a weakness. However, I have now realized that my being slow is actually a strength because it gives me time to analyze, formulate, and create a much higher quality of work than those who are fast as a cheetah.

On the note of perception, do realize that negativity can overwhelm a person and make them view strengths as weaknesses. For example, someone who has a strength of being sociable may view this as a weakness, leading to their loss of productivity.

Weakness Work-around

To view your weakness as a strength you must dig deep and find out what positive outcome it produces. Once you find that positive twist hold on to it and appreciate that weakness for the positivity it creates.

Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness. – Jean Vanier

There’s something to be said about people who love themselves for all they are – all I ask is that you love you for you. Don’t harp on your limitations – instead flourish knowing they are part of the formulation that makes you the outstanding person you are!

What is a weakness that you have that can be viewed as a strength? Please share in the comments!

Here are some other good reads you’ll likely enjoy:

12 Strategies to Stop Negative Thoughts

How To Stop Worrying – 5 Effective Strategies

How to Not Take Life Too Seriously

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