When engaged in conversation – either with friends, during an interview – or when you do some soul-searching –, it often happens that our qualities and defaults are broached… This is a very instructive practice.
Qualities that do some good
Describing our qualities is something we willingly do most of the time. Either we talk for hours about them or we describe them in a more humble manner in order to avoid boasting. It is all a matter of character!
In fact, whether we do not dare talk about them, whether we tacitly speak about them or whether we extensively mention them (some people do so), we often derive some sort of pleasure.
Most people sometimes feel satisfied when they talk about themselves. Others become extremely loquacious and never stop mentioning themselves unless we stop them!
It is true that thinking about our qualities is a great exercise, one that enables us to take stock of who we are. Being well aware of our resources can help us regain self-confidence.
Shortcomings to know
However, when the time comes to mentioning shortcomings, many people change their attitude. What? Shortcomings? That is impossible!
Some are embarrassed and would like to talk about something else, some minimize them and some apologize for them!
By acting this way, they deprive themselves of a formidable reservoir of opportunities designed to change their life and improve. These shortcomings should not be rejected. Instead, they should be used.
Forge ahead in life thanks to your shortcomings!
Everybody has shortcomings, and that is a good thing! Just like a bird that needs both wings to fly, human beings need to rely on their qualities and shortcomings to progress and be successful.
They are indispensable! Doing without the potential of our shortcomings would amount to hoping that a bird may fly with just one wing!
It is important to know that but there is more: we need to make good use of our qualities but also of our shortcomings. I will not expand on qualities because it is easy. You just need to not overestimate them to take full advantage of them.
As for shortcomings, consider them with interest and do not reject them. They always reveal something important. Turn them into friends ready to help you and not enemies standing in your way.
Use your shortcomings to progress, either by doing the opposite of your shortcomings or by making sure you do not let them dominate you.