Let's face it, no matter how strong we are in some areas, our weaknesses always seem to find a way to creep up on us and mask our strengths.
According to the Harvard Business Review, 97% of people are able to readily identify any career limiting weakness they have and can be deemed as hard to break habits. As a result, if you want to conquer your weakness you need to break your bad habits. Implementing these 3 steps below will help you do just that.
1. Identify critical moments
I'm sure you're all familiar with those displeasing moments where you seem to freeze up involuntarily and are tempted to avoid a certain situation. Well, those are the situations you need to identify and understand exactly what makes you uncomfortable or afraid. Pay attention to the time, place, social circumstances, moods and risks which trigger your ineffective reaction. Once you have identified the situation determine what your ineffective reaction is and decide on the reaction you would like to attain.
2. Design deliberate practice
After determining the reaction you would like to attain, practice your desired reaction with the help of "deliberate practice." Deliberate practice is defined by brief moments of intense focus where you practice a skill under relatively real conditions. This learning tactic is intensified when immediate feedback is given and assists in overcoming emotional barriers in a safe yet challenging space. Being exposed triggers situations on a more frequent basis will also assist in making the situation appear less threatening and increase your confidence in handling the situation by feeling more prepared.
3. Develop emotional competence
Simply forcing yourself to regularly participate in an uncomfortable/ terrifying situation won't change the way you feel about the situation. It is imperative that you seek out tactics that will assist in making the situation feel more comfortable and manageable for you. Doing this will help you to gradually change the way you feel during these crucial moments and help you to take control over your habitual reaction.
Now you know that there is no need to let your weaknesses limit your future so the rest is up to you! Please feel free share your success stories with us and if these 3 steps help you conquer your weaknesses.`
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