“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” – Baruch Spinoza
Most of us have an excellent sense of our weaknesses, but a poor sense of our talents and strengths. Throughout our education and careers, we become acutely aware of our ‘opportunities for development’, ‘limitations’ or ‘challenges’.
Parents, teachers and managers generally mean well in pointing out our deficits, and indeed, some areas of learning, development and improvement are critical to our success. But we have become experts in our own weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair our flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.
So, why are we so reluctant to focus on our strengths and make them even stronger? Despite your achievements, you may wonder whether you are as talented as everyone thinks you are. You suspect that luck and circumstance may have played a big part in your getting to where you are today.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…We ask ourselves, ”Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson
By not focusing on, learning, understanding and nurturing your strengths, you miss out on discovering more of who you really are – who you are truly meant to become.
It’s challenging for most – but face up to your strengths and talents. Really think about what you do extremely well – and learn how to do it even better!
You will become more true to yourself and even more of who you are meant to be.