Turn Your Weaknesses into Strengths
- Thursday, June 17, 2004
Fear of exposure: Catch yourself editing your responses to people and ask yourself why you’re doing that. Have the courage to say what you really think, and trust that God will help you handle the repercussions.
Protective paranoia: Realize that it’s not reasonable to believe that everyone is out to get you. When a paranoid thought enters your mind, refuse to entertain it. Replace it with another, more positive, thought.
Tackle excessive self-focus
Selfishness: Force yourself to consider others. Take the time to listen to them and seek to understand them. Be more concerned about their welfare than about how they can serve you.
Insensitivity: Be alert to other people’s responses to you. Notice when they seem upset, and seek to understand why. Ask someone to hold you accountable as you try to become more sensitive to other people’s thoughts and feelings.
Avoidant compartmentalizing: Discover the underlying reasons why you compartmentalize your life. Tear down the walls between the different parts of your life, being honest about how each aspect of your life affects the others. Never do anything that you wouldn’t want others to find out about. Have someone keep you accountable.
Excessive Self-awareness: Ask God to show you the underlying issues behind your behavior so you can begin to resolve them. Turn your focus outward to other people and seek to serve them as often as you can.
Impulsivity or impatience: Take the time to carefully consider the whole truth about something before making a decision about it. Don’t act at the point of urge. Examine the reasons why you’re thinking of acting. When you do act, keep your principles intact.
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