What’s Your Energy Around Your Strengths?
People tend to ask, “what are your strengths”?
Has someone ever told you, “I don’t have any talents” or “I’m not good at anything”? Maybe that person was you. In a world where stardom is sensationalized, it’s really easy to draw those kinds of conclusions about ourselves because we’re not Beyonce or LeBron James. The truth is, You arrived here with a special purpose and gifts inside each one of us before we were even born. You had a purpose and you’re good at something; sometimes it just requires a little effort to determine what that something is.
Do a little exercise with me; close your eyes. Think of the last time you were really, truly happy, a time when you were having fun, a time when you felt the most fulfilled. What were you doing? Who were you doing it with? Take some time to really meditate on this. Take 10 minutes or longer if you have to. Chances are that thing that brought you so much joy and fulfillment is, in fact your strength zone.
Next, think about the things that you not only enjoy doing, but things that you are particularly good at. You may not be the best singer in your choir, but maybe you have a great love and appreciation for music and you have great organizational qualities. This is good; you can do something with that. Writers, producers and agents are not always the ones singing the songs. Music directors are not necessarily gifted in singing, but they are gifted in showcasing the talents of others and helping them shine. Perhaps, you are not the best athlete, but you have a love and appreciation for sports and possess some special skills that will allow you to tap into this passion. If you are good at following and enforcing rules and know sports extremely well, maybe you have a career as a referee; or maybe you’re good at communicating with others and extracting information in which case you might have a great career ahead of you as a sports reporter.
Think outside the box. Your strengths and talents don’t always have to lie in what you see on television and the media. You have to look inward to learn your true passion and purpose and ultimately determine what you are really good at. You may not know it today, but I promise you, you have amazing gifts and qualities that you have not even begun to discover yet. I challenge you to take the time to learn more about yourself so that you may discover your true gifts because you will never experience true joy in your life until you are walking in your strengths and capitalizing on the gifts that are inside you.
What Do Your Feelings Tell You?
Some of us are quite aware of our gifts and our strengths but are allowing them to lie dormant. Why? You have special qualities within you that have only been placed within you, and you have a purpose that only you can fulfill in your lifetime – ONLY YOU. Don’t waste the precious gifts that have been given to you. I understand that sometimes it can be scary to step out on faith and trust the Universe to give you what you’re seeking, but isn’t more scary not to? You will never know what amazing life lies on the other side of your fears if you are just willing to allowing your real energy to guide you.
The way you feel is an expression of how well you are allowing the Universe to guide you. You feel good about something you are allowing what you would like in your life to come closer to you. Feeling not so good about it, you are resisting something. So many times, we believe the words of others instead of believing our own gut feelings. Then, what happens? Trusting our own gut feelings will always guide us to the best results. Are you ready to start paying attention to you?
Walk in your energy around your strengths; use the gifts you came here with and watch your life of abundance blossom!
Keep looking forward,
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Awareness Is the First Step
First, there is a yen to every yang. Where there is good, there is bad; where there is right, there is wrong; and, where there is strength, there is also weakness. There is nothing wrong with this because, honestly, no one can be good at everything. There are many different rules of thought on how to treat your weaknesses. Some feel that you should cultivate them and always strive to get better in these areas; others think you should leave them alone. My opinion – why spend valuable time developing and cultivating qualities within you that have a cap because they are not tapping into your natural ability? The hard truth is, no matter how hard you work on your weaknesses, they will never outshine your strengths. Why? Because they were not the Universal qualities that have been instilled in you to live out your purpose. Remain aware of who you really are, what feels good to you? Do that!
Secondly, how do you know what your weaknesses are? Just like your strengths are things in which you excel naturally in, your weaknesses are just the opposite. If you find something to be extremely challenging and it doesn’t come natural to you at all, chances are, it’s a weakness. Contrary to my statement earlier, your weaknesses are not meant to be ignored. We all have room to improve in many different areas; however, you don’t need to spend excessive amounts of time trying to be an expert in an area you know to be a natural weakness. Focus that effort on your strengths. The best way to combat your weaknesses is to surround yourself with others who are strong in that area.
We are all different and therefore, have skills and qualities in many different areas. Build a team around you of people that are different from you. Celebrate those differences. Have you ever heard the acronym for TEAM? Together everyone achieves more; that means everyone on the team works in their strengths to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the team.
Find others that can fills the gaps in your life. Slowly but surely, you’ll find by association, you’ll start to grow stronger in your weaknesses. For instance, maybe you don’t have a dynamic personality and really don’t communicate well with others. This is a weakness you might want to expand on to enhance the relationships in your life. It may not be in your path to become a dynamic speaker or politician, but by forming friendships with people that do have that path, by default, your communication skills and engagement with others will improve.
Third, Reflection. Take some time to reflect on areas that you may be weak. This is sometimes a harder self-analysis, because we don’t really like to focus on things we’re not good at, and sometimes we may find ourselves in self-denial, thinking we are good in areas that we really aren’t. Remember, you can’t be good at everything; everyone has some weaknesses. Once you know what they are, make a decision to limit the time you invest in them; your priority should always be to operate in your strength zone. Once you know where your weaknesses are, find others whose strengths occupy that space, and complete your life. Weaknesses are a natural part of human nature; don’t sweat the small stuff.
Looking forward and Grateful for today,
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