Strengths and weaknesses – we all have them. It would be foolish to think otherwise. If we did not have both, we would not be human.
Daily, we work through our own strengths and weaknesses, and in addition to that, everyone else’s. I have recently learned that even though we have weaknesses, we do not have to pay attention to them.
Think about how much more productive life would be if people operated mostly out of their strengths, avoiding their weaknesses almost entirely. Time could be cut on projects, people could get along better, and we might even see marriages last longer then they commonly do.
The list of positivity that could come from operating out of our strengths is endless.
Productivity is not the only thing that would be apparent if we were to operate from our strengths. Think about how much more confident we would be.
We would be able to handle tasks better, a first date would be cake, and public speaking would be a walk in the park. To me, our Strengths and our Confidence go hand in hand.
Why should we spend time working on our weaknesses, something that we hold a low skill level in, just to obtain a decent skill level? We should instead be focusing that time on a strength that we hold a good skill level in, trying to go from good to great.
“For example, on a scale of 1 to 10, I might be a 3 when it comes to playing the piano. Now, if I were to practice long and hard—and if my husband could put up with the racket—I could, maybe, transform myself into a middle-of-the road, level-5 pianist. However, as a public speaker, I might be an 8. So, if I invested my time and effort into this ability, I might just be able to get to a level 10. When you look at it this way, it’s easy to see where you need to invest your efforts.”Excerpt From: Joyce Meyer. “The Confident Woman”
Joyce Myers hit the nail on the head in regards to focusing on strengths. When I read this, I realized how much better my work and personal life would become if I chose to operate this way. I realized, that if I took the time to work on the strengths God has already given me, honestly, I would be an all around better person.
My strengths would begin to overpower my weaknesses.
I am sure you have heard the famous quote, “85% of what you can do, someone else can do. 10% of what you can do, you can teach someone else to do. Only 5% of what you can do, only you can do.” If we start maxing out our strengths, getting to a place where we are operating out of that 5%, 100% of the time, people working for God have the opportunity to become so much more dangerous for The Kingdom.
As a person who has been blessed with the opportunity to run an outreach, I try to apply this to my game plan as much as possible. Delegating tasks is a blatant way of showing that you are trusting others and their strengths. It is a win-win situation. By delegating as many things as possible to people whom I trust to do their job, I am now able to operate in my 5% during our events.
That is why it is important that my strengths are sharp. I now have no time to mess around with my weaknesses because everything I am doing is so valuable. This is because those around me have provided an atmosphere fitting for my strengths to flow. And at the same time, they themselves, are operating in their strengths.
This is why it is important that I bring as many of my 7s, 8s, and 9s, to 10s. There is no room for me to be satisfied with averaging out to a 6 or 7. Especially when those around me are working to allow me to operate in my 5%.
I believe by taking the time to figure out what our strengths are and then focusing on raising them, we have potential to make our daily and personal ministry so much more effective. By taking that concept and executing it in your work, ministry and church environment, we now have an opportunity to enhance The Kingdom on such a sharper level.
All this, simply by avoiding our weaknesses and focusing on our strengths.
About the Author:
“Founder of REACTION TOUR Ministries, Courtney Copeland, has a heart to empower kids around the world; through the display of God’s love, using the avenues of sports, discipleship, dance and music. ”
Learn more about Courtney’s outreach: Reaction Tour.