I've asked this once before and absolutely no one responded. How can we we work on our worst qualities without acknowledging them? My worst qualities are being too judgemental, too emotional (depression, anxiety), and I am not the sharpest tool in the shed. What are yours?
I am very sarcastic, struggle with patience, and I sometimes go over the fine line between confidence and arrogance. I am extremely sharp which is both good and bad, one of the bad parts is depression and anxiety. While I have worked hard at developing a better filter, I sometimes disregard it. I keep working on becoming a better human.
We're all imperfect.
I have a slight problem with patience. It goes from slight to extreme fire-breathing furious when dealing with stupid. Now, I do mean stupid. Ignorance, as long as it's not willful (equates with extreme stupidity), is fine. It can be fixed. Stupid, at least as I interpret and experience it, is a condition, perhaps terminal in nature. So, when confronted with stupid, I go into super Berserker mode, and I do mean the original source of the word. The first thoughts that enter my mind in such situations are, "Must save world. KILL the stupid," and, "Quick, where can hide bodies?" Fortunately, I have enough presence of mind to not carry my battle axe into public and have an efficient cooling system.
Why would we work on our worst attributes? I'd guess my greatest weakness is basketball. If I really focused and spent 6 months getting ready for tryouts, I still would not make a grade school team. So why waste time on the bad stuff? Work on the good stuff; make yourself really good at the stuff you're already good at. As to attributes like judgemental and emotional? They'll come along as you get really happy being good at the stuff you enjoy.
I have no patience with myself. I can be patient with others, but I'm smart and when l can't fix things fast enough, l get frustrated.
As I get older, I find I also have trouble sleeping, which may not be a character problem, but I'm even less patient when I'm tired, which is all the time.
I also have a bad habit of thinking faster than most folks, so I'll often finish their sentences.