Your Strengths are Waiting to be Employed

Each day you’re building creative habits that strengthen your artistic muscles… that stimulate synapsing in the creative areas of your brain. Most of your strengths can also be your weaknesses, and vice versa.

You know how it goes. An extrovert can be a too boisterous, an introvert can be non-communicative, leading to relationship breakdowns or internal suffering from not speaking up. A compassionate person can get into a victim mentality around the pain in the world; a hard-hitting tough cookie can forget to be compassionate. A prolific artist can be so under-focused on business that their business suffers.

Every time you engage your strengths, it reinforces them. Like walking the same pathway each day creates a well worn path over time, so too, the pathways in your brain are reinforced every time you engage that skill. The same thing happens with your weaknesses though. The more you say, think and do things that reinforce a weakness, the more that neural pathway is strengthened.

For every weakness, there is a strength waiting to be encouraged.
~LeAura Alderson,

Opposites Attract for a Reason

You know how a quality can have it’s polar opposites, right? Love/hate; good/bad; strong/weak; angry/happy; positive/negative. So identify a liability… something you consider a weak area for you. Then consider an opposite. There could be a strength there latent, waiting to be noticed, cultivated and developed. If you love dancing, but have too left feet, but are a great artist then you might paint, while listening to music.

There’s always a way to reframe and retrain our minds to see the potential over the deficit, and what we focus on grows. So grow the good, the strong and the true.


If you’re struggling with anything, consider how to turn that struggle into a strength; that problem into an opportunity for learning, growth and success. That’s what it’s there for. Weaknesses are brambles in the path; we just hack them away and forge ahead.

Your weaknesses can become your strengths. It’s just about building new pathways in your brain. Put them to work for you, not against you. Daily effort strengthens the pathways and turns your brain into a neural network all connected to helping you achieve your goals.

You’re building the pathway from where you are to where you want to go. Daily, does it.
~LeAura Alderson,

Transmutation of Weakness to Strength

Music often wells my heart to tears, always has. Ever since I was a little girl, I used to long to sing, to be able to move people as I was moved by music. But after many years of wishing and longing, and some of it trying really hard to improve, it was clear: singing is definitely not my strength!

Singing is not something I can change. However, I have been able to turn that weakness into a strength. I wanted to sing in order to move people, to touch their hearts and minds. So instead, I found my voice in other ways.  The “why” of my goal to sing is what mattered most, and that vision is still served.

Turn that struggle into a strength by focusing on the “why” not the what. That’s what it’s waiting for; latent energy waiting for you to employ it.
~LeAura Alderson,

Your Weakness Gives Clues to Your Strength

As humans, we’re wired to sink into habit… to take the road of least resistance. So the goal, is to leverage something you might have considered a weakness, and use it to your advantage instead.  Put your weaknesses to work for you, rather than against you, and they will begin to pull their weight, and they may reveal your strengths.

This is important because so often we get caught in the brambles or our deficits. Often depicted in unconscious mindsets, our weak areas: fears, neuroses, negatives, dislikes, etc., tear at the fabric of the day and delay progress. When our attention is no longer occupied with fretting over what isn’t, we are free to pursue what is and what will be.

Think about traits you’re not happy about and imagine a context where these negative traits can be positive.
~Eric Barker, author of Barking up the Wrong Tree

Life is the journey. Mistakes are the speed bumps on the side of the highway that jog your awareness back on course. Be glad for them. Mistakes don’t need to take you off course. Rather, mistakes teach you what to avoid. Weakness often provide a clues to veiled strengths.

When our attention is no longer occupied with fretting over what isn’t, we are free to pursue what is and what will be.
~LeAura Alderson,

This isn’t about forcing weaknesses to become your strengths. Especially if it’s not something of interest to you. Rather, it’s about being open to not assuming you can’t… to not saying and resigning yourself to that fate of, “I’ve never been good at…”

Devani used to say, “I’m not good at video.” In fact, the “I’m not good at ______”, is a mindset she’s still growing out of. My reply to that is usually the same: “It’s not that you’re not good at it; rather, it’s that you’re not practiced at it and if you’re interested in it, practice will change that.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
~Maya Angelou

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