No one likes being told what their weaknesses are.
This is an observation of mine that I would willingly bet money on.
Hearing about things we do that could use improvement, or things we aren’t particularly strong in, is sort of insulting for many of us. Being told that we need to up our game in a certain aspect of life can feel like a violation of privacy, or even as a personal attack for some of us.
However, being called out on our weaknesses is actually a completely necessary component of life, and accepting our weaknesses is one of the best things we can do as people to better ourselves and the initiatives we partake in throughout our lives.
For example, say you’re an athlete, and you’re told by your coach that you’re struggling in a certain area of sport. You’re told you need to work to build your skills in this particular area, and perhaps you feel as though you’ve been singled out and critiqued for unnecessary reasons.
Chances are your feelings are an inaccurate perception of the situation, and your coach is telling you about something you need to improve in order to become a better athlete.
In other words, when you’re told by someone you respect that you could brush up on your skills in a particular situation, chances are they’re telling you because they want you to succeed.
Suggestions and recommendations for improving a weakness aren’t necessarily a criticism. More often than not, they’re incredibly beneficial tools that can be used to excel your strengths, and although accepting weaknesses can be incredible, it’s a nurturing process than many of us fail to initially recognize.
Try not to interpret weaknesses as flaws. They’re just building blocks in your overall foundation, and you need to build them up to create a sturdy home.
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