We all have strengths; we excel! And, there are tasks which we aren’t quite as good at; they are difficult for us and require a lot of focus. This is where we often make mistakes or even run the risk of others thinking we’re “sloppy” or inept in some way. It’s not that we’re inept. All that it means is the task is in our blind spot and we haven’t yet devised a strategy for ensuring it doesn’t cause conflict or derail success.
A task that is difficult, but not challenging in a fun way, is in a blind spot. Examples include giving direct feedback, giving too much or not enough direction, failing to delegate, paralysis in making certain kinds of decisions. So what do you do to fix a blind spot? After you’ve identified your blind spot, you don’t exactly fix it, but you learn to anticipate when this blind spot might get in the way of success and develop a strategy for success. Ask yourself, when might the blind spot potentially interfere with your success? And then strategize: figure out what to do instead!
We all have different blind spots and will develop a range of strategies. Let’s say you excel at handling precarious situations that require carefully navigating emotionally challenging issues. Your focus on how circumstances impact others allows you to foster harmony in most situations. But when you have to deliver feedback that could be perceived as negative, you’d rather not do it. You procrastinate. Other things are more important; there isn’t time… You get the idea. It’s time to strategize. Your strategies for success could include asking for advice and modeling your approach after a technique you’ve seen someone else successfully use.
Seeing your own blind spots is important; but just as important is recognizing that others have blind spots as well! Recognize, but not criticize. And don’t let yourself get frustrated. If you’re compassionate and understand that others are not trying to aggravate you intentionally (or even passively), you might actually help them shed light on their blind spots and strategize together. Remember, none of this is directed at you; it is after all, a blind spot!