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Attack Your Limitations: Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths : zen habits
"Our strength grows out of our weaknesses." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Something that has always intimidated me from starting something new has always been a deep worry about my shortcomings. I know that I have weaknesses, and I'm afraid they'll lead to my failure.

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Focus On Baby Steps

For some goals, you need to sustain something for a long time, but most can be broken down into smaller, more approachable goals. 

Dividing goals makes the process seem less overwhelm...

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Weaknesses Holding You Back

Take a minute to think about what you always wanted to do, or what you’re doing now.  Ask yourself:

  • What are your fears?
  • What do you see as your we...

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Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

Believe that your weaknesses can be turned into strengths. Always find your strengths, examine your weaknesses and how to turn them into an advantage by using your strengths or developing new ones ...

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Developing our strengths

Although we usually see our weaknesses as more changeable than our strengths, research shows that we should not focus on improving our weak parts, but to develop our strengths.

Identifying strengths

Try to see your strengths in relation to what energizes you. Something is a strength if: 

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  • you're drawn to it
  • it fully engages you
  • after doing that activity, you feel energized and fulfilled.

Ask the people around you

It's difficult for us to see our own strengths, but people around us (friends, coworkers, family members, mentors) will most likely see them clearly.

The goal is to identify things that you wouldn't have thought of on your own—or to find patterns.

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There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. If you are emotionally unstable, being an introvert can become the biggest enemy of your progress in life.
There’s a big difference between being an introvert and being afraid of public speaking, meeting people and speaking up when necessary. Social anxiety is not introversion, it’s a fear you must face and overcome.

Thinking before speaking and acting

  • Make sure that you speak up when you have something important to say. 
  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the room.
  • People will pay more attention to what you say when you do speak up.
  • You probably have the ability to study things better and faster, so when you do say something make sure that it’s an eye-opener.
  • People will trust you more and thus you’ll have access to more privileged information.

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"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishme..."

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The Bell Curve

The Bell Curve for performance appraisal: If there are 100 employees in a company, 10 employees are branded the top performers, 10 employees the poor performers and 80 percent are branded as average performers.
In a rating driven system, no employee can escape the bell curve. And these assumptions are failing to motivate employees.

Workplace Zen — The 3 T’s

  • Think: Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions inspire others.
  • Talk: Dilute the speech about your accomplishments. If we stop talking about ourselves, we find much to learn about.
  • Toil: be very present in everything you do. Work hard when you have to, relax when it's time to relax.