Your Internal Weakness Can Lead To Depression Or Inspiration
We all have strengths and weaknesses.
But it’s the ones that nobody sees that can make or break us.
I’m not talking about our outer qualities—like if we think we are pretty or strong—I’m referring to our strengths and weaknesses within.
You see, internal weakness can be a destructive factor or an inspiration to mend our ways.
As humans, we know that our main mechanism for survival is fight or flight.
This decision is made by our lizard brain, or as Oren Klaff calls it, “the Croc brain.”
This is the part of our brain that first analyzes a situation.
From there, it immediately decides if the situation is safe or not.
If it’s not safe then it decides to run or fight.
This is how humans have been able to survive for thousands of years.
Not because of our physical power but rather our mental power.
This is why we tend to gravitate towards our strengths and away from our weaknesses.
Our weaknesses tend to be viewed as a threat.
That’s why it’s always easier to acknowledge what we are good at and avoid what we aren’t good at.
This is how we make it through life everyday.
It’s not necessarily our fault…
It’s just what our brain has been hardwired to do for thousands of years.
The problem with avoiding our weaknesses though is that it makes it difficult for us to grow as individuals.
And choosing to avoid our inner weaknesses is easier than the outer ones because no one can see them but us.
So why is it so important to improve these weaknesses instead of just avoiding them?
Well, let’s use a basketball player as an example…
At the end of every season, the off-season begins.
This is the time for the player to work on his skills so he can return better for next season.
If the player took the entire off-season to work only on his strengths then he wouldn’t see much improvement.
But if he improved his weaknesses then he would significantly improve his ability.
In fact, the most effective and fastest way to better ourselves is to improve on these weaknesses.
It’s why athletes dedicate their entire off-season to honing in on their weaknesses.
We must do this every day within ourselves.
As I mentioned, a weakness could be anything from laziness, to confidence issues, or even to a lack of focus, like I have.
Once you become aware of that weakness, the first thought in your mind is going to be to fight it or to avoid it.
Remember, it’s hardwired in our brains to avoid things that could cause too much effort, pain or stress.
But we need to attack our inner weaknesses head on ,with a sword in hand, like King Leonidas in the movie 300.
She Called Me A B**** and Flicked Me Off
I used to suffer mightily from lack of focus.
I was never the lazy type.
I was the complete opposite.
The type that wanted to do everything.
Even in my business, I wanted to do it all.
This led to tons of stress.
I knew it was a weakness of mine and I chose to fight it.
About 4 years ago, I made my first attempt at overcoming this weakness.
I went to the doctor to tell him about my problem.
He immediately diagnosed me with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), threw me on Ritalin, and I was out of his office within 10 minutes.
As he said, the Ritalin was supposed to “even me out.”
Him saying that reminds me of a Katt Williams’s comedy scene where he talks about how his son reacted to being on Ritalin.
(CAUTION: If you don’t like curse words then please don’t watch the video below. Skip to about 1:00 to where he talks about his son.)
Sadly, Ritalin had the same type of effect on me.
Did it help keep me focused? Yes.
But at the price of my creativity.
And as a writer and video creator, creativity is my most powerful weapon.
Ritalin also made me angry.
One day I almost fought a lady outside of Walmart after she cut me off then gave me the middle finger.
After that, I realized I had to stop taking it or someone was going to get hurt and that someone could have been me (my brain registered that for my survival I needed to stop taking Ritalin).
I began looking for answers elsewhere.
Thankfully, I found meditation.
Since beginning meditation, my focus has been greatly improved.
Although it’s still not perfect, it’s no longer a major weakness.
I don’t get sidetracked like I used it.
I can actually sit in a chair and work for a few hours without jumping up to check my phone, logging into social media, or turning on the TV.
It has been a game changer for myself and my business.
Identify and Attack Your Weaknesses
I want you to identify just one inner weakness that you have right now .
Realize this weakness is not a chronic ailment and that you have the ability to improve it.
The doctor told me I had ADHD and the only way to improve it was through medicine.
You saw how that went, right?
Don’t allow others to inform you that you have no control.
You do have control.
Don’t let your weaknesses become a destruction to you.
Instead, let them inspire you.
Work to transform them into strengths so that you can continue to grow.
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