While it is much easier to revel in the knowledge of our strengths and bask in the praise of others, it is time to stop beating ourselves with our weaknesses. Who, as an adult nurse, needs to be reminded of those anymore?
That you know what your personal skill weaknesses happen to be is all that matters. That you spend any time at all trying to change a weak skill into a strong skill at this stage of life is a waste of valuable time. Abandon the Weaknesses! Focus on your strength.
A strength is not necessarily defined as ‘something we are good at’ but, rather as something we merely enjoy. It is an activity that completely envelopes our minds and hearts while we are engaged in it. We enjoy the time spent and we are inspired when we are done. I enjoy teaching future nurses how to pass the GED and I know I am very effective.
A weakness is a skill that probably should not be used to earn a living – a good living, that is. If you cannot sing in tune, starring roles in Broadway musicals are usually out of the question. Not being able to speak to large groups means elected high political office and motivational speaking can be taken off the table. And, not being able to expertly run and leap-in-stride absolutely means Olympic Gold in the High Hurdles is not in your future. So, if caring for other people isn’t your thing, don’t try to be a nurse. It’s just as simple as that.