Hello All. I hope this email finds you in a healthy space for the remainder of 2021. This month’s topic is working on your weakest link. If you’re like most people, myself included, you tend to focus on the things you are good at and put on the back burner what needs improvement.
I draw on my own experiences when I worked on my weakest link while studying martial arts. I can remember when I moved to Dallas from Atlanta and had a new Jiu-Jitsu instructor. I asked him what he thought the worst part of my game was and what area I should be working on to improve. He told me to work on my guard… something I also knew needed improvement. I just needed my coach to say it.
Self-reflection can sometimes be difficult. Taking that long hard look in the mirror can reveal something you may not like and wish to change. To do that, you first have to identify what is holding you back. This process might not happen overnight, but it is necessary to grow. Some of the most uncomfortable moments in my life have been the most productive regarding self-growth and discovering who I am.
There is a saying in martial arts that go like this “Practicing self-protection is practicing self-perfection”. I try to apply the same principle with my personal and business goals. There is always something that needs to be improved. Life is a work in progress and most times, life is about the journey and what you learn in the process, not the actual destination. I am sure you have heard the term “practice” with doctors or lawyers as they practice medicine or law. The meaning behind the practice is that the aim is always to improve your craft and get better. There is no attainment of perfection even though you seek perfection. This concept applies to your personal life and work.
I encourage you to look hard within yourself and find what you think you need the most improvement on. It is unique to you, and you might already know the answer; you have to accept it. Nobody is perfect, and we are all on this earth plane to learn lessons and grow as humans. I don’t care how much money you have, how good of shape you’re in, or whatever barometer you measure your success or self in life. There is always room for improvement. Turn your weak points into solid points.
Get to it