I have been interested in personal development for years. In fact since the young age of 15 I have been involved in one type of self improvement or another. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realised I was a self improvement “junkie”. I was addicted to trying to better myself and it was a constant uphill battle.
If you have read anything about the law of attraction then you may well be able to guess what the fruits of this labour were! As the law of attraction states that you get more of what you focus on and think about what do you think I was attracted more of into my life by focusing on removing my weakness and solving my problems?
I’m sure you guessed that I was getting more problems and finding more personal weaknesses to work on!
If you are frustrated with your business or personal growth it may just be that you are focusing on improving on your weaknesses and instead of focusing on your strengths.
In fact you may have become a person who is constantly working on themselves instead of a person who gets results!
Now don’t get me wrong, we all know that in order to achieve a goal or better your life in any area you must address your weakness and work to change those things.
However, when we become stuck just focusing on our weaknesses and not using our strengths we make little head-way towards the things we want. In fact through the law of attraction we actually keep those things we want away from us because we are focused on the lack of them!
Unfortunately most people who become involved in self improvement, myself included, fall into the trap of believing they must eliminate or remove certain things from their character, personality, subconscious mind etc., in order to achieve success.
However, little emphasis is placed on “playing” to your strengths. It may seem natural to ignore our strengths and concentrate on our weakness because self improvement, by its very name, implies we must better ourselves in some way.
Unfortunately though, this often leads to stagnation and frustration.
When you begin to address areas in your life that you desire to experience change in it is necessary to take an honest look at your weakness and identify things in yourself that need changed. However, it is also a good idea to identify your strengths and concentrate mostly on them.
By all means use self improvement tools to cultivate talents and mind-sets that you do not currently have but also use your strengths and try to identify how those strengths can help you reach your personal goals whatever they may be.
If you were to spend as much time thinking about and trying to make your strengths even stronger as you do on trying to rectify your weaknesses and thinking about them where do you think you would be in 12 months?
Instead of constantly trying to create changes in yourself instead try to identify ways in which you can use your current abilities to reach your goals!