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Learn to compensate for your weaknesses

When you have a gun in your hand and a target in sight, all you have to do is point and shoot at the target. It is simple enough if the target is not moving with respect to you, and you have all the time in the world.

In real life however, you are moving with respect to the ground under you, and the target is moving too. That makes things a lot more complicated, particular when the ground under you is not smooth but bumpy.

The gunners in the tanks of WWII understood this problem well. If their tank didn’t stop for them to shoot, any sort of accuracy was pure luck.

Then someone had the bright idea of compensating for the vertical and horizontal movement. This allowed the gunners to lock on a target, and mechanics would compensate for the vertical bumps and the moving tank. This made it a lot easier to hit the target even while the tank was moving, and moving over bumpy ground.

And life is like that too. We are imperfect people, fraught with weaknesses. If we don’t take the time to examine ourselves and understand our areas of weakness, and then compensate for them, just like the random hit or miss results of the early tank gunners, we too will not have consistent success but more likely a series of random hits and misses.

So then, if you find yourself to be habitually late by fifteen minutes to any appointment, compensate for that by pretending that your appointment is fifteen minutes earlier than it actually is.

Or if you have a tendency to be addicted to pleasurable things, compensate for that by totally avoiding those pleasurable things in the first place.

Or if you find that you hate to do taxes and take long to do them, compensate for that by starting early.

You get the drift.

Without consciously compensating for your weaknesses you are bound to lose some valuable successes that were within grasp. I hope you won’t let that happen to you.

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