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DETERMINING YOUR STRENGTHS

Has someone ever told you, “I don’t have any talents” or “I’m not good at anything”? Maybe that person was you. In a world where stardom is sensationalized, it’s really easy to draw those kinds of conclusions about ourselves because we’re not the next Beyoncé or LeBron James. The truth is God placed a special purpose and gift inside each one of us before we were even born. You have a purpose and you’re good at more than you realize; it just requires you to pay close attention to how you feel when you are think these thoughts about yourself, where do you feel it in your body?

beachDo a little exercise with me; close your eyes. Think of the last time you were really, truly happy, a time when you were having fun, a time when you felt the most fulfilled. What were you doing? Who were you doing it with? Take some time to really meditate on this. Take 10 minutes or longer if you have to. Chances are that thing that brought you so much joy and fulfillment could, in fact be your strength zone.
Next, think about the things that you not only enjoy doing, but things that you are particularly good at. You may not be the best singer you know, but maybe you have a great love and appreciation for music and you have great organizational qualities. This is good; you can do something with that. Writers, producers and agents are not always the ones singing the songs. Music directors are not necessarily gifted in singing, but they are gifted in showcasing the talents of others and helping them shine. Perhaps, you are not the best athlete, but you have a love and appreciation for sports and possess some special skills that will allow you to tap into this passion. If you are good at following and enforcing rules and know sports extremely well, maybe you have a career as a referee; or maybe you’re good at communicating with others and extracting information in which case you might have a great career ahead of you as a sports reporter.

Think outside the box. Your strengths and talents don’t always have to lie in what you see on television and the media. You have to look inward to learn your true passion and purpose and ultimately determine what you are really good at. You may not know it today, but I promise you, you have amazing gifts and qualities that you have not even begun to discover yet. I challenge you to take the time to learn more about yourself so that you may discover your true gifts because you will never experience true joy in your life until you are walking in your strengths and capitalizing on the gifts that God has given you.

giftSome of us are quite aware of our gifts and our strengths but are allowing them to lie dormant. Why? You have special qualities within you that have only been placed within you, and you have a purpose that only you can fulfill in your lifetime – ONLY YOU. Don’t waste the precious gifts that have been given to you. I understand that sometimes it can be scary to step out on faith and walk the path laid out for you, but isn’t it more scary not to? You will never know what amazing life lies on the other side of your fears if you are just willing to conquer them. What would it take to get comfortable with being uncomfortable?
Walk in your strengths; use your gifts and watch wonderful things happen in your life!

Looking forward,
Eyvette

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