Weakness. Most of us cringe inwardly even just hearing that word. We’ve been taught that weaknesses are something to be ashamed of, and there are plenty of people who seem to live by the belief that the truly great amongst us don’t have weaknesses. That’s about as far from the truth as we can get!

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I have previously written about focusing on your strengths, not your weaknesses. I still wholeheartedly believe that playing to our strengths is a fantastic strategy. But I am also convinced that responding effectively to our weaknesses is something anyone can master.

In this post, I…

Hands up if you’ve sat in countless training sessions and performance appraisals, hearing that you need to work on your weaknesses? 🙋🏻‍♀️ Did this ever inspire you? I’d hazard a guess that it left you feeling demotivated and frustrated.

That’s a common reaction! But for some reason, many managers, consultants and trainers still favour this “fix your weaknesses” approach. And it’s usually a waste of everyone’s time and energy. Why?

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Weaknesses vs strengths

When we focus on what is hard for us, we quickly lose our energy, motivation, momentum, and productivity. Things get harder to do instead of easier.

But focusing on our…

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We live in a culture that worships talent as the path to success. Have you heard people describe someone at the top of their game as a “freak”, a “genius”, or a “natural”? Or heard their performance described as “effortless” or “magical”? We come unstuck when we believe that natural talent is the key to success; so why are we biased towards this idea, and what can we do about it?

Biased thinking about success

Our thinking is biased. We value the idea of innate (inborn) talent more than the idea of hard work producing results and achieving success. Why? According to Nietzsche:


In a recent article, I shared ten strategies for having great ideas.

I love the process of coming up with great ideas. But ideas on their own don’t mean anything.

Great ideas aren’t enough; turning them into great results is what changes the world.

Here, I share seven strategies that have helped me turn my great ideas into great results.

Hands holding a sheaf of papers covered in graphs and a tablet
Hands holding a sheaf of papers covered in graphs and a tablet
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1. Prioritise

Not all ideas are created equal, so it’s vital to have a way of prioritising them. Some ideas are too big to start with — you need to gather the “low-hanging fruit” before you can tackle the big ones.


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Time. How often do you hear yourself or others say that you don’t have enough of it, or you’re running out of it, or you wish you had more of it? Yet everyone has the same amount of it. And we all get a new stash of it every day.

So why do we feel like that there’s never enough, and we could always use more? I reckon that many of us have an unconscious belief that we’re not quite doing enough, causing us to add activities without considering their value.

Time is abundant…

Time is a renewable resource, totally unaffected by anything…

We all want to have great ideas that will deliver improvements. But often, we’re so busy that we’re still trying to finish last week’s to-do list. And so we have zero capacity for trying to think up great ideas.

I’ve got some good news — it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming to develop great ideas. You need simple strategies to open your mind and tap into your insight. You can use these strategies to tackle any challenge your facing, big or small, at home or work.

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1. Have lots of ideas

You’ll never have a single great idea…

Daria Williamson

Coach, facilitator, trainer. Book lover. I help people and businesses get unstuck. Science-backed tools & strategies to create wellbeing & sustainable results.

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