To be able to succeed in life, you need to equip your mind. We all understand the power of knowledge, the reason that a professional earns more than a general labourer.
Today, I want to talk about a different kind of knowledge that you cannot learn in school. People who possess this knowledge are generally more successful. What is this knowledge I am talking about?
This knowledge is the knowledge of self. It is how much you understand yourself and also how we can educate and change ourselves. Only knowing what kind of person you are is not good enough. You have to have the determination to modify and improve yourself.
Have you ever found situations where you had lost some good opportunities or have you had failed in something that you wanted to do? Some failed at everything and they believed they are losers. The reasons why you failed could be fear, lack of knowledge or just fail to act. These reasons are not caused by external factors, but rather it is you that caused the failure.
Most people would like to blame others for their own failure, but you have to understand that is what a coward does. Only by admitting to your own failure will bring you success later on. If you keep blaming other people and you will keep failing. For without admitting to your own fault, you will never change, and success will never come. You have to understand this simple idea if you want to have a better life, or be a better you.
To be able to know your own shortcomings, you have to analyse yourself. Use those incidents of past failures as a case-study. Find out what are the reasons that you failed, then you can find out what is your strength and your weaknesses. Once you know what your weaknesses are, you can take steps to overcome them.
What are your weaknesses?
I can let you know what my weaknesses are – impatience and carelessness. Therefore, I have failed many times and made a lot of mistakes due to these weaknesses of mine. Now, I promised myself to eliminate them with determination.
Admitting your own weakness is hard, but overcoming your weakness is even harder.
Have you ever heard someone said, “I know.” It means that they know their own weakness, but they could not change it or they don’t want to change it. I hope you are not one of them.
Luckily, there are methods that we can use to overcome our weaknesses and improve ourselves.
The first method is to develop a routine. Our behaviour is what we normally do, that is a routine. Good routine behaviour becomes a good habit.
In my own case of impatience and carelessness, I have to have a routine to do things slowly. When I perform my tasks slowly, I will not be impatient and careless. I will need to remind myself every day not to rush in everything that I am going to do. Then after some time, I will be able to rid of my weaknesses. At the end, it will become my habit to do things slowly.
I realised that this impatient is also a product of our culture, we are affected by it without knowing it. For our society is running at a very fast pace.
You can see many examples everywhere.
- Fast food restaurant everywhere
- Everyone drive like crazy on the road
- Ready cook meal
- Video games and TV – instant entertainment
- Internet – you get information instantly
- Group tour – the tour guide with rush you everywhere
Every morning, you rush to work. After work, you rush home. You rush to make dinner. After dinner, you have your instant entertainment. Then you rush to bed. This is the rat race lifestyle. It is no surprise that we become impatient because of it.
Your weaknesses are probably different from mine. Therefore you have to come up with your own plan to get rid of them. I will leave it to you. Let me know if I can help – leave me a comment below. I will try to answer your questions as best I can.
When you understand yourself, you will live a happier life. Since you know what you like and what you don’t like. You know what will make you happy.
If you have difficulty knowing your own weaknesses, I suggest you ask people around you. You will be surprised that other people know more about you than yourself. You will tell yourself that you will make corrections. Just knowing what your weaknesses is not good enough.
I wish you all the best and have fun .