Strengthen Your Weaknesses Lying Within
How strong are you within?
This is an interesting question, right? It’s difficult to offer a straightforward answer, like when adding two numbers together. No, this is an honest self-assessment, which requires a lot of thought and a lot of feeling. Look at your weaknesses, and I don’t mean the ones that can be outsourced — I mean the ones that hold you back from living life. Do you sometimes feel them to be stronger than your strengths?
If yes, that would be a problem because your weaknesses should never hold such power over you
They may invade your reality every so often, but they should never disturb your functioning as an individual. You were meant to take care of them by laying claim to them and using them to make you a better individual, a better person, a better you. But somewhere, their true purpose was lost and so every time they show up, they lay claim to you, they make you a lesser you.
But I need you to know that you can’t leave them alone and expect them to take care of themselves
Your weaknesses are powerful and they may have overpowered you in the past, but you don’t have to succumb to them in the future. You can overcome them, but you have to tend to them. Embrace them instead of trying to forget them. Look at them and the thoughts they produce. See how they try to convince you that you are not worthy. And let this prepare you for the next time you meet with them.
This next time will not be an obstacle, it will be an opportunity
An opportunity to be better, to prove to yourself that you are worthy. No one knows why they have chosen you, but they have and so you must use them. They show you exactly where you need to improve to become a better person, so use them to fill in these gaps in you. Remember, no one can cultivate your inner strength but you, so use your weaknesses to complete yourself from within.
As Vivian Greene once well put,
“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
Here is what I wish to leave you with,
Strengthen Your Weaknesses
Weaknesses are an inescapable part of life. You have them, I have them and every other person who ever existed had them. Sometimes they leave you sensitive, gullible, insecure and without any confidence — but don’t worry, we have all been there. We have all felt their overwhelming strength tear us away from reality and into disappointment.
But at some point in your life, you must get tired of disappointing yourself
And by tired, I mean frustrated — because deep down you know that you are better and you can be better. Succumbing to your weaknesses is a choice you accustom yourself to every time you give in. But you don’t always have to give in — you can choose to be better, you can choose to fight back and strengthen your weaknesses. It’s all up to you — you can choose not to disappoint yourself.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Embrace Your Weaknesses
An early step towards any kind of progress often lies in accepting the things that seem to hold you back. Not only does this save you from being surprised by them, but it also humbles you because you begin to take responsibility for these things. And whatever seemed to hold you back before now becomes a means through which you are propelled forwards.
When you embrace your weaknesses, you become stronger
You prepare yourself to protect yourself from the people and situations that force you to succumb to your weaknesses. This does not rid you of your weaknesses, it just eases you of its pain because you are no longer surprised by it. You will be able to better think yourself through these situations. As you practice, you will find yourself becoming stronger from within, which passes on to those around you.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho
Strengthening Your Weaknesses Will Complete You
If you would indulge me, think of yourself as a big puzzle made up of many different pieces. All of these pieces work together to complete you, to finish the universe’s grander vision for you. This task was left to you, but if you hide away the pieces that scare you, the ones that intimidate you, you will fail yourself. And there will always be gaps in you waiting to be filled by no other than you.
Is this the life you wish to live?
I understand how unfortunate it seems to have such pieces given to you, but I want you to know that the only person who can fulfill you, the only person who can complete you is you. Your weaknesses were given to you for you to repurpose and use to strengthen yourself. It is an enduring and solitary process, but to strive towards completing yourself with each passing day is the greatest glory one can achieve.
“Be not the slave of your own past — plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Coming back to my first question, I feel that true inner strength lies in knowing and understanding your strengths and weaknesses as an individual. To hold such an understanding is liberating and powerful because you are no longer surprised by your vulnerabilities. You are able to give them extra effort and attention to protect you from succumbing to them.
So don’t be afraid of your weaknesses — embrace them
You have lived most of your life believing that your weaknesses will hold you back, but this is not true — this is an incomplete perspective. Your weaknesses are only the parts of you that lack sufficient strength. To strengthen them, you must give them extra effort and attention, like you would for a child who doesn’t know any better.
Sure, it’s tough — but the beginnings of anything great always starts from within
“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb
Invest In Your Existence, Kind Reader.