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focusing on our strengths

I few weeks back I shared this post on Alek’s blog for her month of inspiration and today I just wanted to share it here as well.

Today I just simply wanted to inspire you with some thoughts about our strengths and weaknesses. So many of us are taught from a young age (and especially in college and job training) to focus on bettering our weaknesses. Of course, trying to transform our weaknesses can be good thing but I really feel like we need to turn that thought process around and focus on enhancing our strengths. Strengths are what comes most natural to us. Strengths are innately IN us. Strengths pour OUT of us. Strengths are what God has given us.

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In the book Now, Discover Your Strengths, the authors say,

“the secret to their success lies in their ability to discover their strengths and to organize their life so that these strengths can be applied.”

Can’t you just imagine what life would be like if we stopped focusing so much on changing our weaknesses and instead focused on our strengths? I know I would be happier and more successful if I would build on my strengths and trust the God-given gifts that I have. Our talents are what makes us unique. They’re what endures people to us. They’re what makes us who we are.

I want to leave you today with this quote because I think it’s so appropriate…

build upon your strengths, and your weaknesses will take care of themselves. (source)

Now tell us in the comments, what are your strengths and how are you going to start cultivating them?

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