I have often been known to say your weaknesses are often your strengths! It’s true!
For me, my need to have everything as ‘perfect’ as it can be drives me, as well as those that work with me, crazy by times!
But when the project or talk is complete, well it’s the best I can make it and people usually like it!
There are compliments to affirm this, so I feel good about the end results.
Stubbornness can be difficult if we are not more flexible but then the flip side is tenacity, and you stick to the task until it’s accomplished, and you do it well.
What about if you are shy?
Shy is something I have never been accused of, but have dear friends who are.
That could mean you are a polite person, which means you are sensitive and aware of another person’s feelings so this can easily be seen as empathetic, and people like you in social settings.
So, what I am getting at in this blog is that I want you to take out that journal you have or a sheet of paper and start to write down what you perceive as weaknesses.
Then put a positive spin on them and see where the strength is within them.
Sure, we all have weaknesses and strengths.
I have used ‘Strength Finder 2.0’ by Tom Rath for my Level 2 Camping Staff in the past, and it makes a difference!
We knew about one another right from the start and gave each other tasks that were our best fit.
We worked side by side and did much better because we knew one another a bit more, the Flip Side, as it were!
There was a speaker at one of my Christian Camping Conferences by the name of John Pearson.
He said work from your strengths, not work on your weaknesses like so many say.
So I started!
I got the book and did the test.
They were me as three out of five were relational!
Here they are:
Individualization – About relationship building
Input – Strategic Thinking
Discipline – Executing order
Connectedness – All people have meaning
Developer – Cultivating potential & progress
For those of you that know me know that these are how I’m wired!
Thus, I work from those strengths and often say no to things that have nothing to do with these so I can concentrate on being the best I can be at what I do.
So, what about you?
You all have God-given strengths to start with.
I never tire of hearing the verse in Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”
Our physical strength is one thing but the inner strengths He gives us, are what we are to utilize.
I keep trying, and trying……are you?
We’ll talk soon!