This discussion is based on the previous project and gives everyone a chance to think about strengths and weaknesses.
I am like all the other participants, it seems. I let thoughts of weaknesses take over in my life far too often even though I know better. Thank goodness for the AiA affirmation - I can't help the way I feel right now but I can help the way I think and act. (But that comes later in the program).
My notes from this exercise remind me that you can actually see confidence in successful people and that it is really a matter of controlling the thoughts that run through your mind. The reason to do so, for me, is to be able to have a greater impact on others. I think we are on this planet to serve others and you can only do that if you continue to work on yourself - to be the best person you can be.
We like to watch classic films in our house. Just the other night we watched Frank Sinatra in Young At Heart. Every time I see this movie I think of AiA and how much Barney needed to work on his attitude and self confidence. I hope I am never that bad, but I know I have come close a number of times in my life.
A participant in my AiA group many years ago shared a quote (not sure where it came from) that gets to the heart of this exercise - "No amount of water can sink a ship unless it gets on the inside". For me, that means controlling the thoughts that get on the inside and making sure that they are predominantly positive ones. The weaknesses will always be there to some extent. As Bob Conklin pointed out, you can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy. A friend will be honest in pointing out your weakness but will help you overcome them and, most importantly, also continue to remind you of your strengths.
So, I want to be a friend to myself and I want to look for more ways to be that kind of friend to those around me - in both my work and my personal life.