Dealing with Your Weaknesses
mindset,  Self Confidence,  self development,  self improvement

5 Strategies for Dealing with Your Weaknesses

5 Effective Strategies for Dealing with Your Weaknesses

Do you think you have any weaknesses? Silly question, isn’t it? Of course we all do, but if you’re like most of us, you could probably do a much better job of dealing with your weaknesses.  Your weaknesses can be a big drag on your life, or they can have minimal impact. It really depends upon the particular weakness and how you deal with it.

A weakness doesn’t have to be a hindrance! You can learn to use the techniques I’ll share here to deal with weaknesses in a very strategic manner:

  1. Decide if your weakness is relevant. Not all weaknesses are worthy of addressing. For instance, if you’re a terrible athlete, but you have no interest in playing sports, why would you work on your athleticism? Everyone has weaknesses, but not everyone has weaknesses that matter to them.
  • Consider your life and your goals. Do your weaknesses get in the way of either? If not, don’t worry about them! Instead, spend your energy elsewhere.
  1. Work around your weaknesses. In many cases, it’s possible to address dealing with your weaknesses by working around them. If you’re terrible on the phone but more effective with email, utilize email. Are you someone who can’t think on your feet while giving a speech? Be over-prepared and use extensive visual aids. If you’re too short to reach the top shelf, buy a step stool or put everything you need on the lower shelves. That might seem a silly example, but you get the point…
  • Adjust the situation or environment to avoid your weaknesses.
  1. Focus on your strengths. The most successful people are great at working around their weaknesses and maximizing their strengths. If you can build a life that relies heavily on your strengths, you will most likely be a very successful person.
  • Build your strengths. If you’re going to get the most out of this strategy, you can’t just rely on your strengths. You’ll want to take the next step to develop your strengths even further. Develop a plan for becoming even better at things you already do well.
  1. Delegate. There may be things you’re not very good at doing or don’t enjoy doing, but you probably know people who are good at those exact things. Is there some task at work you’re terrible at performing? Find someone else to do it for you.
  • Are you terrible at cleaning your house? Hire a cleaning service.
  • Can’t do your taxes well? Hire an accountant.
  • Can’t stand to wash the dishes? Get your kids or your partner to do it.
  • Terrible at dealing with strangers? Have your coworker give tours to the visitors.
  • Think about the people who are great in the areas in which you struggle. Put them to work!
  1. Strengthen your area of weakness. This is the last resort. If your weakness is standing in your way and there’s no other way to address the issue, then you’ll have to get down to addressing it and making some changes. This isn’t an optimal situation. It’s pretty challenging to become good or even great at something you lack talent for and/or really don’t enjoy doing.
  • Focus on being good enough. Avoid trying to be in the top 1% at this skill, and always avoid the pitfall of trying for perfection! Decide how good you need to be, and make a plan for reaching that level of expertise.
  • Get expert advice. Read books. Hire a coach. Take a class. Whatever the issue is, you’re most likely to be better off getting some expert help!

Not all weaknesses need to be addressed. This may sound silly, but for instance, if you suffer from sea sickness but have no desire to be on a boat, why in the world would you spend time dealing with it? Many weaknesses can be avoided with some careful planning. Others can be managed through delegation.

Ideally, you’d be able to leverage your strengths and simply avoid your weaknesses altogether. We know this isn’t always possible. There are times it will be necessary to work on your weaknesses, but it is possible to avoid doing more work than necessary.

Focus on building your strengths, design your life around those, and enjoy the success you deserve!

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!


Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major

P.S. I’m  author, health coach, and entrepreneur Cheryl A Major, and I would love to connect with you. If you’re new to the world of creating a better mindset for yourself, please check out my training on how to do just that at Embrace Optimism. Learn how to improve your mindset and create a happier and more positive life for yourself and those around you.

P.P.S. Be sure to look for my upcoming book about how to preempt prediabetes due out in late 2022 and follow me on Twitter so you won’t miss my daily postings for health, wellness and mindset!



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