Lamenting Weaknesses or Maximizing Strengths?

Do You

Lament Your Weaknesses…

or Maximize Your Strengths?

 

Anyone who reads my blogs and/or my Facebook page knows how often I quote Joyce Meyer, since she’s one of my favorite motivational speakers and authors.

 

It’s also interesting that her name, and phrases like “motivational quotes,” account for some of the search terms that typically bring the most traffic to my blogs!

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So I’ll add another post with a quote from her:

 

Confident people do not concentrate on their weaknesses;

they develop and maximize their strengths.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional

 

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If you really stop to think about the truth of this statement, it can be a bit mind-boggling. How often do we get so  hung up on the idea that we must acknowledge our flaws in order to change them, that we get stuck in that rut of trying to overcome those weaknesses and forget to focus on the positive and move forward?

 

We can’t pretend flaws or weaknesses don’t exist (and other people will gladly remind us) – but if we allow those flaws and weaknesses to be our main focus, instead of developing our strengths, we will continue to exhibit a pitiful lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and an inability to move forward. Instead of developing and maximizing strengths, we end up accentuating our negative traits, and yet wonder why people don’t want to be around us, or don’t have any confidence in our abilities to perform certain tasks.

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Another favorite “Joyce-ism” of mine is, “You can be pitiful or powerful.” I’d much rather be powerful than wallow on that “pity pot” and live with regrets because I was too afraid or ashamed to step out and use my God-given strengths and fulfill my potential.

 

That’s another interesting concept to grasp: the word potential (thanks, online dictionary) means “capable of being but not yet in existence” or “capable of development into actuality.” So these gifts and strengths we have are capable of existing, but we need to actively develop them into actuality.

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A couple examples come to mind:

 

*We can assemble all the ingredients for a cake next to the empty bowl. They represent the potential for a cake – but until we actively combine all the ingredients according to the directions and bake the mixture in the right pan at the right temperature for the right amount of time – we have unfulfilled potential and no cake!

 

*Fellow writers should be able to relate to this: We can sit with paper and pens in front of us – or blank Word documents on our computers or laptops – or empty data fields for blogs or content writing – and have all kinds of ideas. The potential exists for great articles, blog posts, and even books – but until we develop those thoughts by writing or typing them, they remain unfulfilled potential.

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So Who’s With Me?

 

Are you ready to stop lamenting your weaknesses?

 

And instead, are you ready to work on acknowledging and maximizing your strengths, so you can reach your full potential?

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9 comments to “Lamenting Weaknesses or Maximizing Strengths?”

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  1. Stacey Demrigian - March 4, 2017 Reply

    I loved this post. especially the quotes. thanks for sharing
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  2. Karthik - March 4, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for this post! This is for me I took risk and did some of the things and I asked my friends to join from over past 3 years none of them interested what I say to them I feel gloominess when I think something new,
    thanks to this post I will pin it, it’s super useful 🙂
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  3. Alicia Osmera - March 5, 2017 Reply

    K Lee,

    I love Joyce Meyers. She reminds me alot of mother. My mother was preaching the same things she does over 30 years ago.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nicola - March 5, 2017 Reply

    I seems to be in our nature that we tend to focus on our weaknesses (aka, our faults). We spend so much time trying to fix this and that, when, if we would only allow ourselves to just be ourselves, weaknesses and all, we would not only be much happier, but also more successful. Great post K Lee!
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  5. Mandy Allen - March 5, 2017 Reply

    You always include great quotes. I love affirmations myself and use them daily. Motivational quotes are good for getting us to think in a different way.

    Enjoy the journey!
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  6. Kathryn Maclean - March 5, 2017 Reply

    Hi Karen,
    I do love Joyce Meyers. A long time ago I had a little porcelain Holly Hobbie Collector Plate “Count your blessings, not your troubles” Given to me by my Grand mother who was a very optimist woman. A special gift. I have remembered it always.
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  7. Joy Healey - March 5, 2017 Reply

    What a great post.

    I agree – it’s easy to get bogged down with what we’ve done wrong – instead of focusing on the things we do right, and maximizing them.

    I’ll watch out for more from Joyce Meyers.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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  8. Kelly Craig - March 5, 2017 Reply

    Love Joyce’s quotes. Big on motivation. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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  9. Ruth Bowers - March 10, 2017 Reply

    You’ve got some great quotes in this post. I swiped the confidence one to add to my collection. 🙂 I really believe in playing to your strengths… there’s a book I read years ago about living your strongest life, and it was saying much the same thing… focus on your strengths and what you’re good at, and let the other stuff go.
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