CAPITALIZING YOUR STRENGTHS
For Michael Jordan, it’s basketball, Tiger Woods, golf, J.K. Rawlings, writing and Michael Jackson, music. What do all of these people have in common? They all had natural talents and gifts and learned how to work in their strength zone. For example, Michael Jordan is arguably the best basketball player of all time; however, what happened when he tried his hand at baseball? If you remember, he wasn’t very good. Now, he could have taken everything he had to try and become the best baseball player he could, but it never would have measured up to his natural ability in basketball. You know why? Because basketball is Michael Jordan’s strength zone.
Of course everybody can’t be a Michael Jordan or a Tiger Woods for that matter, but everyone has natural strengths and abilities that were placed within us to shine. Sometimes those strengths are very apparent and sometimes they are hidden and require a bit of searching to bring them out. Do you have something that you are particularly good at and don’t know the reason why? Are you really good at numbers and analytics? Or, maybe you’re the opposite and love to write and have a strong appreciation for the art? Either way, everyone has strengths and it is not only important to discover what our strengths are, but that we take the time to cultivate and develop them.
Let’s go back to Michael Jordan for a moment. Did you know that, despite his incredible record in college and the NBA that Michael was cut from the basketball team in high school? Does that mean that basketball was not a strength for Michael? Clearly, we know the answer to that question. However, despite our natural talents and abilities, we still need to grow and invest in our abilities to become the best version of ourselves we can be. Michael Jordan could have been just an ordinary basketball player, but because he knew his strength zone and took the time to develop and cultivate it, he became extraordinary.
Let that be your story. Reach deep inside of you to learn what your strengths are. Don’t worry about your weaknesses at this point; we all have those, but your strengths were designed within you to outshine your weaknesses. Many people today are living outside their strength zone or they are only tapping into a small percentage of it. For example, if you are a creative genius, why are you working as a financial planner? Work in a field that allows your gifts to shine, whether it’s marketing and advertising or running your own creative business. Don’t allow your strengths to lie dormant; God placed them within you for a reason.
Take some time to meditate on what your strength zone really is. Ask yourself these questions:
What am I really good at?
What do I enjoy doing?
How can I develop these skills and abilities?
Your strengths and gifts are things that come more easily to you than anything else; keep this in mind as you work through this exercise. After you meditate on these questions, write your answers down in a journal and develop a plan to exercise your strengths every day. Like your muscles, they need a daily work out. Remember not to take for granted the fact that you are good at something; do you want to be good or do you want to be great? Cultivate and nurture your strengths so that you can go from being ordinary to extraordinary!
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