I am snagging a post I originally wrote in February, since it seems appropriate to ponder again at this point in my life, in conjunction with doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge again, AND some of it relates to my post yesterday.
Joyce Meyer happens to be one of my favorite motivational speakers, and this is one of my many favorite, thought-provoking quotes from her:
“Confident people do not concentrate on their weaknesses; they develop and maximize their strengths.” –Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional” [Day Jan. 3]
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.
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.
So who’s with me? Are you ready to stop concentrating on your weaknesses, and instead, work on acknowledging and developing your strengths, so you can reach your full potential?