Posted by: Admin | January 20, 2011

The BIG Questions: What are your weaknesses?

I have a confession to make – there is a purpose to these BIG question posts. One comment crops up again and again when I post about creating change, talk to people or am interviewed about the blog, and in your comments and emails.

So many people have said yes, I want to make something happen in my life, but I don’t know what I want. Fair point – I was the same this time last year. Since you can’t create a road map if you don’t know where you’re going, I thought it might be useful to share with you how I worked out my goals. It won’t be for everyone, but if you’re interested, get a notebook and write down your answers to these questions, and those posed yesterday and the day before, in preparation for Saturday’s blog. At the very least, it’ll help you take stock of what’s happening in your head right now.

Right. First list – what am I NOT so good at?

TIME-KEEPING : oh my! (this is emphatically NOT an invitation to my children to post anecdotes about the times I was late to pick them up from anything!) The problem is, when I’m engrossed in something, time ceases to have any meaning to me. It also seems to move unreasonably quickly!

COMPARTMENTALISING : if I’m upset about something I find it difficult to put it aside and not let it impinge on my day to day activities.

NUMBERS : Son no. 1 once commented that my mind is like an ink blot – I have an idea and it spreads organically, (and unpredictably) like ink on paper. I have to force my brain to operate in straight lines when I have to do logical, systematic things. And if I have to do that day after day, I get depressed.

SPORTS : This isn’t so much to do with lack of fitness (though that would be an issue!) but more that I seem to be missing the competitive gene. Don’t get me wrong, I can be determined and persistent etc, but when it comes to competing with other people, if they seem to want it more then I’m inclined to shrug and drop back. Maybe it’s the maternal part of me, but I don’t care that much about “winning”.

ACHIEVING BALANCE : This is probably connected to time-keeping and compartmentalising, but I also find it hard to switch off when I have the bit between my teeth, often concentrating on something to the exclusion of everything else. Great for my production rate, not so good for my health, or those around me. Who can sometimes find me irritable. Irritable? Moi?

What AM I good at? I’ll come back to you on that one tomorrow…



  1. I am finding this totally compelling, I have made my lists, roll on Saturday 🙂

  2. I did an exercise like this when I saw a ‘proper’ careers counsellor and it was so useful. So – I am not good at:

    Leaving tasks incomplete – I like to start something, do it, finish it.
    Acknowledging when I’m doing well
    Asking for help
    Dealing with idiots who think they’re better than me
    Recognising when I need to slow down
    Avoiding sweet things

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