08 Mar Transform Your Weaknesses Into Strengths
Your Perspective Dictates How You Deal With Challenges
You’re the star player of your high school’s basketball team, the score is tied, and the seconds are ticking down. Just as you’re about to make the winning shot, you slip on your shoelace and collapse onto the court. The crowd falls silent. At this point, you have two options. Your first option is to feel humiliated, internally sob and slowly trudge back to the bench, knowing you let your team down. Your second option is to brush it off and realize that some things are out of your hands (or in this case, your feet).
Your perspective is the most important determining factor in your own happiness.
“Half Empty” Is a GOOD Thing
You’ve all heard the expression about the glass being half empty or half full. The idea is that we should have a more positive outlook and “look on the bright side,” which presumably is seeing the glass as half full. But I am going to turn that old expression on its head. Check it out.
If you take a glass that already has something in it, you can’t do anything about what’s already in the glass. Actually, the empty space in the glass is where possibility exists. Focusing on the glass as half empty gives you the freedom and opportunity to create …to invent something that works better for you than the current situation. Of course, it’s important that we’re grateful for what we already have in our life, but it’s what we don’t have—what might seem “missing,” the empty part of the glass—that provides us with the fantastic opportunity to fill it up with the things that bring us happiness.
Seeing Your Weakness As a Strength
Think about someone who’s colorblind. It’s easy to assume the consequences of being colorblind outweigh the benefits, but some of the best perks in life are also the most unexpected. Sure, a colorblind person who can’t see the color green will have to learn how to style his or her wardrobe appropriately, but did you know that colorblind people can recognize camouflage when people with normal vision cannot? The U.S. military has even hired colorblind people to help adapt and improve its camouflaging strategy. In this instance, what’s perceived as a weakness is actually a strength.
Your character “flaws” might seem like weaknesses, but under the right circumstances, they can become your strengths.
Nobody’s perfect, but what can be perfected is your perspective. To find your perfect perspective, you need to know yourself. And to truly know yourself, you need to embrace your “flaws.” Recognizing how your flaws can work in your favor is the key to forming your optimal perspective. This might sound like a lot of work, but remember, you’re working toward a larger goal: your own happiness.
For more information, check out Darryl Davis’ latest book, How to Design a Life Worth Smiling About. And don’t forget to subscribe to the blog!