Weakness

A personal flaw, shortcoming or limiting belief that prevents us or holds us back, keeping us from doing or being what we are capable of becoming

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Einstein

 

Our strengths grow out of our weaknesses.

 

The strength of a person is often weighed by how they deal with their weaknesses. Nathaniel Summers

  Our weaknesses are our pathways to greater strengths. Most of us know what our weaknesses are.  If not sure, all we have to do is ask a good friend or loved one. One of the keys to personal growth and development is to be aware of our weaknesses and to continuously chip away at them.

   We should know those things that “hold us back”, “trip us up” and “cause us to fall on our faces”. These things should be analogous to the FBI’s Most Wanted List. We should have a Top 10 list of issues, weakness and shortcomings that represent our most serious warts and blemishes. The more that we are aware of them; the more we can train our minds to be sensitive to them; the more likely we are to take action on them when opportunities present themselves. The first rule of problem solving is to be aware there is a problem. Our problem (weakness) solving efforts should be continuous, never stopping. Confronting weaknesses should become a life-long process that never ends. Becoming the best person we can become is like seeking success. It is a never ending journey, not a destination.

   We will never achieve perfection, but should always be trying to do so. We should always hold ourselves accountable to high standards and expectations. While we are striving to improve, we should accept and love ourselves. It is important to be able to forgive ourselves when we fail. Ideally we are incrementally going forward most of the time. When we fall or fail, we get back up, forgive ourselves, pat ourselves on the back, analyze what we need to do differently, and start over again. Our status will always be “work in progress”.

   Another goal should be; always striving to make our biggest weakness our strongest asset. A classic example is a person whose fear of public speaking was so acute they became incapacitated and unable to function. This person took what was a debilitating weakness, conquered it and went on to become a great speaker. We should always be striving to turn weaknesses into strengths. As long as we do this, we are on a path of continuous improvement. This process puts us on a path that causes us to get stronger and stronger. Weaknesses continue to be weaknesses only if we sanction them to be so.

Challenge: What are your most glaring weaknesses? Be honest and seriously identify them. Ignoring them does nothing to cause you to overcome them. The first step is to have your weaknesses on a ‘hit” list.  Always be looking for opportunities to take them on. Be proactive and jump on them. Increasingly be prepared to get outside of your Comfort Zone. Be patient, yet diligent and take one step at a time. “By the inch it is a cinch”.

Wisdom: You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? Robert L Stevenson

 

Spiritual: (NIV)

But first seek his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

 

When doubts, fears, and limiting beliefs have dominion over us, we will be but a shadow of what we can be. Part of the human experience is having these limitations and embracing them and growing through them. In doing so, we turn what was our weaknesses into our strengths. We can only go so far in this process on our own. We will increasingly run into obstacles and walls that hold us back. God gives us the strength to overcome these barriers.

 

Prayer: Help me to overcome and to conquer my weaknesses. Grant me the faith and strength that I need. 

 

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