In 1982, scientists pulled a shipwreck from the sea and swarmed the ancient “body guards” onboard.
But these were no ordinary body guards. These were English Longbowmen, some of the most feared warriors of all time. They had the power to smoke a target 500 years away, which required 150-200 pounds of pulling power (triple the resistance of an average bow). This meant these warriors spent most of their life just building enough strength to use the longbow.
However, this brutal training took a serious toll on their body.
In fact, researchers can easily identify longbowmen by their “buff skeletons” and one bulky arm (usually 48% larger). Plus, many showed overuse injuries in the shoulder and lower back.
So their super-human strength came at a major cost.
Reminds me of a quote a friend once hit me with, “It’s as if our greatest weakness is our greatest strength.” It was true for the English Longbowmen. And it’s true for most people too. Often what we call a weakness is really a strength.
(And this is sometimes why we hold onto it).
For example, let’s say worrying is your achilles heel. And in many ways it hurts you…
…But at the same time, worrying may actually serve you. It may allow you to anticipate future consequences and take action ahead of time.
Or maybe your downfall is perfection. And maybe at times it paralyzes you and stresses the heck out of you…
… But at the same time, chances are, perfection also serves you in some ways. For many people, it pushes them to kick their performance into high gear.
So then the question becomes:
Has your strength turned into a weakness?
Has it turned into one “bulky arm” like our friends the Longbowmen?
If so, restore balance to the opposite side.
Take perfectionism for instance:
One way to restore balance is to drop your standard a couple notches to the ‘good enough’ line. Not the ‘slop line’. Good enough. (If you give a task another day… another week… another month… it’s always going to be better). Work until you hit that line, then ship it off. In Chapter 17 of Primal Panic Solutions I share five additional ways to restore balance to perfection and become more productive in the process.
But first off, figure out what your “weakness” does for you… how does it serve you… what does it give you…
You may think, it does nothing for me!
But you might be surprised.
Let this one sit on the back burner and see what comes to you.