Hello everyone, hope we are all doing great as we get to the end of the 4th month in 2018?
There are still 8 fantastic months to go & I hope we will all make the best of it to ensure that the year finishes on a grand style.
It’s taken me a while to develop this post & it all crystallized recently when I was privileged to be on an interview panel & one of the usual questions popped up again… “Do highlight your strengths & weaknesses?”
It was interesting to see almost all the interviewees easily answer the first part of the question while they virtually struggled with the second part. It was clear that no considerable thought was given to the weakness part & I recalled at another time that someone answered the same question saying he had no weakness.
It is important to note that no one is perfect & we are all striving toward perfection, we are all work-in-progress in the hands of our maker.
As we progress in life, one of our major duties is to constantly access ourselves to refine & compound our strengths & eradicate our weaknesses. As the saying goes “A chain is as strong as its weakest link”.
Growing up I enjoyed watching a game show called ” The Weakest Link”
The Weakest Link is a British television quiz show, the first original episode was broadcasted on 14th August 2000 & the show was presented by Anne Robinson a very fierce & intimidating woman.
The whole idea of the show was to get 9 total strangers to work together to win money by answering series of questions in a short time in multiple rounds. At the end of each round, the weakest link must be voted out until the last 2 contestants emerge who now go for a final round of sudden death in which the person who answers the most question wins.
Whoever gets the most questions wrong, wins the least money or loses the most money is the weakest link. Since it’s a strategic quiz show if there is a tie, the strongest contestant gets to pick who the weakest link is & that person is eliminated.
In comparison to our lives, we should be constantly playing this game. I carry out this exercise regularly with members of my team at work & I get very different responses.
Some embrace it while others don’t see the need for it & totally reject it, but it has been really helpful & uplifting for those who took the advice & went on the journey.
There are some behaviors, traits, characters, friends & people around us that we should really analyze & categorize as weak links & we need to eliminate them from our lives so as to move forward. I am sure you can think of a few right now!
But, unlike the game, doing this could be very difficult as most of us are comfortable with these weaknesses & just accept it.
To effectively manage & handle our weaknesses we must firstly know them. It’s difficult to manage what you are not aware of.
I recommend doing a personality test. There are so many of such tests online which usually includes SWOT & DISC analysis.
Get to know yourself!! You must see value in yourself to add value to yourself!!
It’s impossible to consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with how you see yourself.
You could also ask people around you for feedbacks especially at work where we spend most of our times.
If you are open about such feedbacks & don’t take it personal, colleagues & friends can be a great feedback system to help in your assessment.
Once identified, you need to start working on eliminating them, get help from books, take courses, attend events & connect with mentors who are strong in your area(s) of weaknesses.
Design & follow a plan of action consistently.
Don’t take on too many projects at a time, take it one by one & you will be surprised at how things will turn out as you work towards getting better in those areas.
I have personally experienced this & it’s amazing…
Let’s play the weakest link!!
This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ!!!