Strength vs. Weakness.
What are yours?
Do not beat yourself up for the areas you are lacking, but instead identify them and draw up a game plan to fix them.
I’ve got some major flaws. One is my disorganization. Another is my forgetfulness. I am sensitive and I’m scared…and I could go on and on. But having weaknesses does not make a person weak. Identifying what those weaknesses are makes one strong, and figuring out how to change your weaknesses can make you invincible.
If you are honest with yourself, no one can tell you something that you don’t already know. Think about how powerful that is! So this week, find the strength in your weakness. Figure out how to take control of your life. And celebrate what makes you awesome…because you are.
Andrea Gore - Thanks for the post Brooke. I think it is so important to identify things about yourself like this. I think one of my biggest strengths is my multifaceted dream plan. 🙂 I once had someone tell me I couldn’t be good at everything I had brewing in my heart. I think until someone said that to me I actually carried that thought myself as well. Hearing someone tell me that though was a turning point. I totally think it is possible! Passions are present for exploring and it would be a disservice to myself not to enjoy all of them. Going straight to weakness from there I have time management issues. I am so full every day creating and pursuing goals and dreams I forget to rest. Also I giggle every time I hear you say you are afraid of whales . 🙂
Lauren - Great post! I’d say three of my strengths are my passion for creativity and the artist’s life, my ability to go after something I want (I believe strongly in the can’t hurt to ask mentality), and my level of introspection- I’m really great at knowing where I’m at and how I’m doing.
Some of my weaknesses are that I’m also extremely forgetful, which causes problems, I procrastinate, which can lead to moments of stress and panic that are completely unnecessary, and the walls I’ve built up to protect my emotions. I used to be way more sensitive, and though I still am, I found that I numbed a lot of what used to be a big part of me.
I love the night list idea, I’m definitely going to use that to help me both stay motivated so I don’t procrastinate as much, and also so I don’t get distracted and forget what I need to be doing. The emotion one is harder, but I think the fact that I’m aware of it is a great first step. I think I’m going to be open to allowing myself to be more vulnerable, even if it’s scary, and even if I could get hurt, because it could also be something wonderful.
Thanks for the food for thought this morning Brooke! Hope your day is awesome. 🙂
Paulo Alexandre Carvalho - Hello! I would say that my strengths and weaknesses interact each other. As weaknesses, I am naive and mentally disorganized. And how do I make these weaknesses my strengths? This my naivety in always believe in people, give me the capacity and facility on relating with people and be present for them. This leads me to disappointment, but I also create friends for life. So I would say that one of my strengths is getting along with people. When I have an idea, I try to write down as soon as possible, because if I let accumulate ideas in my head, or I will forget or I will get pass to a mental disorganization. So I write it and as I do it, sometimes, a new idea comes to me. This organizing of ideas, allow and help me to be creative, ie, another strength, being creative. 🙂
Sydney Paige Richardson - My weaknesses – well I think I am organized, but its more of a chaotic organization. Staying focused can be a problem for me. Sometimes I think I make too much goals…or goals that are too high…but I do it anyway.
I procrastinate when I am afraid of something. Like I have been putting off one of my goals this year to do a self portrait. I don’t like being in front of the camera. But I wanted to face that fear and create something from it. I have been putting it off for awhile, and I am making myself do it this month. I am petrified to see myself in an image.
My strengths – I think I have good concepts and ideas. I have a wild imagination….perhaps too wild some might say, but I enjoy the thought process I go through when creating and telling stories. I think a different kind of strength I have is my eagerness to learn and try new things.
I will think more on my strengths, because my weaknesses seemed to take up more space. That’s something I will work on.
Misti www.Bohemia-Photography.com - Such great advice, now if I can learn how to take it! I tend to focus on weaknesses and it gets me down sometimes. I just want to be the best! But I need to be more of a cup half full type person. You seem to have a great attitude which probably goes a long way 🙂
Jen Sulak - notice how much easier it can be to pick out the weaknesses!
-enthusiasm for a lot of various things.
-making people laugh.
-helping others learn to dream.
-combining colors these days.
-loving with everything in my heart.
-communicating my heart both in art and life.
-organization to make cohesiveness in art.
-following through with the mediocre things that are important, but not fun. 😛
-overly comparing myself to others.
-wasting time on non productive things that suck my life and time ….
Elisabeth on Earth - I’m a little late in the game, but I want to respond because this is a difficult question. I loved reading the responses here so far.
Starting with weaknesses:
1. If I sketch something and can’t figure out within the first few minutes how to create it, I put it on the back burner for months, or even indefinitely, instead of forcing myself to try and figure out how to achieve it.
2. I have trouble getting motivated to do a shoot, even though I do most of them right out on my deck (off-site). And maybe this is partially due to the next point:
3. Posing. I often don’t *quite* know what pose I want and, like a guitar’s fretboard, it’s not quite clicking yet.
Ending on the up note:
1. Creativity. I swear I have more ideas than I know what to do with.
2. My spiritual path as a (very new-school) Pagan. This allows me to incorporate much deeper scientific/spiritual meaning into my work.
3. I’m *really* good at pretending to be an extrovert when, in reality, it completely exhausts me.
Lotus Buccola - Love this. Going to be sitting back and reflecting on this one for a bit.