An important and often neglected aspect of increasing belief is converting weaknesses into strengths. How can you truly believe if you have these (even subconscious) perceptions that you don’t have what it takes, whether it be skill, character, confidence, etc. We do ourselves an injustice when we are not honest with ourselves- and that is true in any facet of life. Once you acknowledge a weakness within yourself, be objective and figure out if it is something you need to work consciously to improve on or if it is something that should be accepted and put to good use. It might take a bit of both. Read further for examples of turning your weaknesses into strengths.

Excerpt taken from an article entitled “7 Steps to Self-Belief” by Mark Tyrell:

Turn weakness into strength:

If we just focus on what is not right about ourselves rather than what is, then we miss opportunities for self-belief. We shouldn’t assume there’s nothing to improve about ourselves, but just focusing on perceived weaknesses without either a) taking steps to improve them or b) also giving equal focus toward our strengths gets us nowhere.

For example, if you know that you can be stubborn then find the positive in this. Stubbornness used well is called single-minded determination. If you worry a lot, know that the positive flip-side of this is that you have a powerful imagination which, in the right context, can be put to good use.

Take any negative belief you have about yourself and creatively flip it so that it becomes, in its place, a positive resource. Think of Dumbo who was humiliated by his over-sized ears. He hated them at first but, through time, he came to use them, to fulfill his destiny , by changing his attitude.

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