We all have weaknesses. It’s what makes us human.
No one is born with the ability to do everything.
We often highlight our strengths, but sometimes our weaknesses can turn into strengths once we overcome them.
Your weakness is what keeps you balanced. For every skill that you lack, you are good at something else. For example, you can be good at solving equations, but you lack the social skills to communicate your ideas.
Don’t spend too much of your energy mulling over your weakness, instead, work on it and turn it into a strength.
Here are some ways on how you can overcome your weaknesses.
Acknowledge what your weaknesses are
First, you need to overcome the fear of acknowledging your weaknesses. Embracing your weakness is the first step for self-development. Knowing where your skills and capabilities lie will help you in the long run.
For example, one of my weaknesses is having too many unfinished projects. By acknowledging that, I can assess the root of my problem.
- Am I taking on too many projects and tasks?
- Do I need to manage my time better? How?
- Do I need to collaborate more with my team?
- Should I start saying no more often?
Take the time to reevaluate yourself and your capabilities. Maybe like me, you need to delegate tasks more to others. It shows that you trust them and that you are a team player.
Find yourself a mentor or a coach
Sometimes you just need someone to guide you.
We have coaches in our community that can help you develop your interpersonal skills or soft skills. By developing your interpersonal skills, you boost your confidence and develop your communication skills. You’ll be able to express yourself better, and you’ll exude that charisma.
A coach can help you unlock your potential and teach you how to be mindful. You won’t struggle when it comes to making conversations with strangers.
Having a coach and mentor can also help you overcome your self-doubt, help you advance in your career, network with others, and overall, just have fun and get more out of life.
Don’t sell yourself short
Be careful when you share your weaknesses with others, especially when it comes to job interviews. Never sell yourself short for that opportunity, but at the same time, you don’t want to sound insincere. Be honest without sounding negative.
Instead of saying that you are a perfectionist, say that you like to focus on every detail before wrapping up a project. It shows that you are meticulous and that you take every project seriously.
Compensate for your weakness by using the tools or skills you already have. For example, how did you overcome your fear of public speaking? You can say that you took the initiative to lead team meetings. It highlights your problem-solving skills but also shows your can-do attitude.
Done is better than perfect
Your weakness shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goal. No one is perfect, and no one can do anything perfectly on the first try. For someone to be good at what they do, it takes time and effort to build the needed skills.
It’s better to just do it and see the outcome. Sometimes it’s not the outcome you anticipated, but that means you have room to grow.
Use it as leverage to better the skills that you are already good at. Find your niche and excel at it. Once you focus on what you can do and what you are good at, hone THAT and put all your energy into it.
Find your community. Join an online group that can help you improve your skill or are on the same career path as you. Once you find YOUR community, you can all help build each other up. Your weakness can be somebody else’s strength, and both of you can work collaboratively.
We all know that saying, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Use your weakness to leverage your strength. Sometimes your weakness is just something that you need to improve on.
But at the end of the day, love who you are weaknesses, strengths and all.
P.S. Want to know your coaching strengths and weaknesses? Take our Coaching Superpower Quiz and find out!
About the AuthorHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.