In my life physical flexibility has never been an area of strength. I will admit 10 years ago I did hot yoga – one time. The yoga instructor walked up behind me and whispered, “Jeff, you are here to stretch.” I smiled because she was much nicer than my expletive screaming football coaches I had in the past. Before practices, my high school coaches would scream #^*##Turleygoing2die because I couldn’t touch my knees – and trust me “#” didn’t mean hash tag in the 80’s.
Needless to say, contorting my body has never been a strength for me.
Although as I have grown older I have come to appreciate the importance of flexibility especially in the areas of business and life.
Here are a few insights which might help you along the way.
- Identify Weakness: When you know what your weaknesses are you can surround yourself with those who are stronger than you. Example: I cannot edit videos; therefore I have surrounded myself with great editors.
- Embrace Weakness: If you embrace your weakness, then you can laugh a little more and be less insecure about it.
- Learn Weakness: Knowing about your weaknesses and only focusing upon your strengths puts you at a risk of losing your “cheese.” The world is changing fast and your strengths might just evaporate. The more we learn in areas of weakness the wider our worldview becomes. If I’m only a web designer in a certain narrow area what happens when technology changes? No more cheese! In relationships if you are only focusing upon your strengths, you might wake up one day to realize everyone seems to be moving away from you. If you are not attracting people then take an honest evaluation of your weaknesses.
- Lean Weakness: Obviously we don’t want to spend the majority of time in our weaknesses because it sucks our time and emotional energy. Make sure you spend a limited amount of time contorting yourself in areas which don’t come natural.
- Relational Weakness: Self-awareness of your personal weaknesses is one way to strengthen your relationships both with family and employees. Knowing my weakness is not good enough; however, stretching in those areas will make you stronger.
Over winter break we took the family to iFly Seattle. Trust me when I say I’m the world’s most inflexible human being… so flying didn’t come natural. My body wasn’t created to invert which allows you to fly higher. Here is a tip to flying: the more you stretch the higher you can fly. How have you responded to your weaknesses at work or at home?
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