Maximize Your Strengths – Be Powerful, Not Pitiful!

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?

 

 

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10 comments to “Maximize Your Strengths – Be Powerful, Not Pitiful!”

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  1. Rasheed - July 3, 2013 Reply

    Focus on your developing & sharing our strengths & mange your weakness…this is what I was taught when I worked for Peak Potential Trainings (T.HARV EKER).
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  2. Brett Dupree - July 3, 2013 Reply

    I like the message. It is very true. Working on strengths is a great way to become stronger.
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  3. Sara - July 3, 2013 Reply

    I love Joyce Meyer too. She is by far one of my favorites. I love her saying “Do it afraid”. It has helped me get past so many things (the voices of doubt and fear in my head) in order to grow up and live life and enjoy it.

    Life is meant to be enjoyed, why waste it on fear and worry?
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  4. Francene Stanley - July 3, 2013 Reply

    This is the way I live. I vary rarely acknowledge my weaknesses. Well–I’ve hardly got any. 😉 Great motivational blog.
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  5. Sophie Bowns - July 3, 2013 Reply

    I have a very bad habit of acknowledging my weaknesses. I have to admit that I have a lot. Still, I do need to focus more on the positive!
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  6. Amy - July 3, 2013 Reply

    I woke up feeling just a bit pitiful and quite a lot tired this morning, so this is EXACTLY what I needed to read to encourage me. I think Joyce Meyer is wonderful, and you are wonderful, too, Karen, for writing this post!
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  7. Lorena - July 3, 2013 Reply

    Perhaps because we are determined to be perfect, we do tend to focus on our flaws and ignore our superpowers. And yet, what we gift to others–what we bring to the world–is not our flaws, but our strengths. It does seem like we should spend more attention on that.
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  8. David Clark - July 4, 2013 Reply

    I found this post really interesting it seemed to match exactly what I was looking for and I actually agreed a lot with it. Thanks for writing it I learned a few things that I didn’t really know before and will check back for new posts :).

  9. David - July 4, 2013 Reply

    I don’t think most people focus on there weaknesses. If they focus on anything, it is on the “easy”, which tends to be things they are good at.

  10. Ambitious Curls - July 8, 2013 Reply

    Developing strengths take a lot of work and perseverance. I’m down for it though 🙂
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