What’s Your Strength?
Tell me, what is your best strength? No need to analyze too much. Just rattle off what comes to your mind first.
You see, we all have strengths, whether we use them or not. Some have many, others just one or two. What matters are not how many aptitudes you have, but whether you choose to use them.
“But, hey, you don’t know me. If you did, you’d know I don’t have any special strengths.” I’ve heard that answer before and, you know what? I don’t buy it.
When someone is depressed, one of the symptoms is that every bit of their ability gets shoved under the carpet where they can’t find it. Leave it there long enough and others won’t either. Despite being hidden amongst the dust bunnies, those gifts still exist.
Then there is our inbuilt confidence trickster who deprives us of the ability to see our achievements. Running endless put down loops in people’s thinking like, “You may be able to do that sometimes. But c’mon! Deep down you’re really a failure. So why try to deny it?”
This inner naysayer grabs our attention. Yet, while it’s difficult to defend what is being said in your head, we all have to come to that point of questioning our own negativity and consciously start stacking up the facts instead (incidentally, you can recognize your inner naysayer by the way he or she never celebrates your achievements. Instead of respecting your accomplishment, he or she tells you that you were nothing more than “just lucky”).
Yet, despite our inner denials, conflicts, and struggles with wellness, you and I do have strengths and it is our job in life to apply them. Whether they are work related or not doesn’t matter. What does, is that we apply our capacities wholeheartedly and get on with letting out best come out.
So the person who is good at listening needs to be available. The person with who can quickly identify problems and sort them effectively needs to be in the thick of life making big decisions. That individual who knows how to make something wonderful out of virtually nothing? Hand them a spanner and encouragement them to get fixing.
Whether it’s an affinity for words, having natural rapport, or drawing fine lines… whatever your strength it is important that you use it well and often.
Doing what you are good at is at once about finding your stride as it is about contributing to the community. Given half a chance, it’s better to do that through things you are good at than fumbling round looking for elsewhere something “worthwhile“.
So go on, apply (or keep on applying) your strengths. If you feel unsure what they are, go ahead and ask. Consult a wise friend or family member and consider the possibilities your skills give to you. Then, apply and emphasize what you’ve got to give. Not for the sake of being busy but to make your daily contribution count.
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