© 2018 by Clare Vernon FCCA Dip ION FdSc mBANT

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Weak is the new strong.

Updated: Oct 6, 2018

I'm aesthetically pleased and I'm not ashamed to admit it. It is who I am to the core. I like things to look nice. I'm not sure where or why that came about but I am always pleased when things match, when colours complement each other, when things are tidy (not overly so though, as I know I drive my extremely tidy husband mad because I can wait until the end of the day until things are completely cleared away, heaven forbid).

I don't need or even like pretty per se; bling is not my thing and I have never been a really girly girl. I can get muddy and sweaty but ultimately I like to do that in clothes that are fit for purpose and that match (!). I also like to dress up and have been known to accessorise albeit doing so is definitely not the centre of my daily universe!

I like balanced and symmetrical. It's true; I have a real penchant for the visually pleasing.

Now that my weakness for the good looking is out there I should point out that I make no judgements of others who are less inclined to match their socks or shoes to the colour of their sweater. In fact, I am probably drawn towards them out of intrigue and perhaps a little envy that they can experience their daily lives without the pressure of co-ordinated displays.

And while acknowledging my weakness for visual aesthetics and how much this pleases me when it is met, I recognise too that it can cause problems for me when I am trying to record information I've researched for future reference: I can spend an inordinate amount of time writing up notes just so that they look lovely!

So why do I feel the need to confess to this?

Well, my ramblings are less a need to confess but more an entry point for us to consider together how we can turn our apparent weaknesses into strengths.

Part of the joy for me of working with others on wellbeing and lifestyle change is sharing the knowledge I spend so much time researching and soaking up. However, historically this has occasionally led to me overload patients with information which can have the opposite effect on their motivation and success. And therein lies another weakness I have learned to overcome!

Recognising these weaknesses however brings about an opportunity for change.

Consequently I began to incorporate my desire for the visually appealing into my therapeutic approach. By producing succinct graphical notes that are visual in their representation I have developed a way of working that meets my need for visual pleasure and which also meets my patients' needs for knowledge and understanding.


So, in a nut shell, if you find yourself focusing on a particular weakness, and trying desperately to change it, consider the possibility of simply accepting it and begin to focus instead on how you could use it to yours or other people's gain.

Because weak is the new strong!

Look out for my infographic displays in future blog posts.