To say that a person has no weaknesses would certainly not be true, but when we’re all asked the popular interview question, ‘What is your biggest weakness?’, a lot of us struggle to come up with an answer. While not many of us like to admit to our weaknesses, deep down we know they are there. However, you can overcome your weaknesses, and even turn them into strengths eventually.
- Acknowledge them
The longer you remain in denial about your weaknesses, the harder it will be to overcome them. The first step to getting rid of any weaknesses is to face them and acknowledge their existence.
- Set goals
You can set goals which relate to overcoming your weaknesses. For example, if you have a fear of public speaking, set small goals so that you become more comfortable speaking in front of people. This could be a small presentation to your classroom or a group of colleagues.
- Ask other people how they did it
You might meet somebody who is good at public speaking, so ask them how they got to be so good and if they ever had a fear of it. You will find that many people have the same fears and weaknesses as you do, but simply took the time to overcome them.
- Be critical of yourself
You should be critical in a way which will help you, not in a way which forces you to berate yourself or have low self-esteem. Every few weeks, assess your improvements and ask yourself whether you are any closer to overcoming your weaknesses.
- Realize that it’s a slow process
Depending on how big of an issue your weaknesses actually are, it certainly won’t take just a few hours or a few days to get rid of them. For some problems, you might have to wait several years before you finally feel comfortable with where you’ve arrived.
- Praise yourself for small victories
You did something that you wouldn’t have been able to do last year. It doesn’t matter that it’s taken you a year to get there, and it doesn’t matter that you have a way to go yet before you reach your potential. All that matters for now is that you’ve had a small victory, and you should be proud of that.
- Look to the future
Don’t think about all the mistakes that you’ve made or how your weaknesses have previously prevented you from doing one thing or another. Look to the future and realize that focusing on the past won’t help anything.