A couple of weeks back, I was asked what my weaknesses were. Surprisingly, I actually had a hard time contemplating the last time I got outside of my comfort zone.
Since then, I have been really contemplating the advantages of understanding your own weaknesses and coming to terms with them.
I personally have always been a weak writer and had a bit of trouble with anything related to grammar.
However, I have recently been exposing myself to more writing, and I have noticed a considerable shift. I am getting better at it.
I will probably never been exceptionally skilled at writing, but I am getting better.
I think this is something everyone is capable of to some extent when it comes to their own shortcomings
So, let’s talk about why you should get out of your comfort zone and do more things you are terrible at this year!
You will stop dreading failure and rejection.
One of the reasons (if not the most common reason) people avoid stepping out of their comfort zone is a fear of failure or rejection.
We all have weaknesses and things we wish we were better at.
However, avoiding those things because we fear practicing and attempting to approve on them might lead to failure is the biggest weakness of all.
As a business owner, I have been rejected left and right throughout the last 30 years. At this point, I am used to the feeling.
However, the more times you mess up, get rejected or fail the more accustomed you get to it.
It becomes less scary.
So, I guess what I really want to say is that while working on your weaknesses, you are going to fail. But, we all do. Get back up and do it again!
You might get better at something you thought was impossible.
I know what you might be thinking…
“Steve, there is NO WAY I could get better at my weakness.”
If I can improve in writing and grammar, then I know anyone can improve at anything with a lot of hard work and endurance.
Think about it this way.
Have you ever tried doing something you had absolutely no skills in? Maybe you tried writing a song or creating a website, and you had never done it before. I am sure you weren’t perfect (perhaps not even good) at it.
Didn’t it feel good to accomplish it though?
It can be the same with our weaknesses. They may take even more work. However, once you notice the improvement you might realize, “wow, that is actually awesome!”
You might even find out you actually like it if you try.
You will possibly find a new hobby.
So, I can’t say writing is going to become my new hobby or pastime. But, I can tell you I don’t hate it as much as I used to.
For some people out there they might even come to actually, dare I say like their weakness once they practice.
You might be bad at math, English, sales, or creative thinking because you have never really deep dived into the skillset. Yes, these are all skillsets as are many things we find we lack.
Maybe you weren’t really good at it in college or your first job, so you decided you didn’t like it and weren’t going to do it ever again!
What if you just didn’t give it enough time or energy?
I challenge you to work on your weaknesses. Watch the improvement. Hey, you might even find out you really like it!
Comment down below a weakness you have struggled with. Were you able to improve on that weakness? Do you still dislike it as much as you used to?
Steve Goodall is a full-time digital nomad and an Iron Maiden fan who has spent the last 30 years working with business owners in driving company growth, restructuring internal operations and providing full consultancy on all platforms including branding, outreach, and marketing. Talking business is his THING…