Why focus on weaknesses when the strengths are the best investment?
We are all constantly pushed towards improving ourselves in one way or another. We probably transfer that push to others in our lives; such as our children, spouse, and co-workers. Improving ourselves is a great thing to do, and I highly encourage setting goals right now for 2016 on how you can achieve that improvement.
One thing we don’t want to put all of our focus on, however, is our weaknesses.
This is true for everyone we encourage. Everyone we try and help build up as well. Somehow our society has greatly misplaced where their focus should lie when building others up.
We always focus on the weakness. Why is that?
Improving Strengths will move the needle more
My children each have something they’re incredibly good at. They also, as does everyone, have things they’re not very good at doing.
If I focus all our attention on building up the weakness of my kids, they will likely get frustrated, as will I, and they’ll want to quit and go do something they enjoy, like one of their strengths.
Just like our kids, the problem is the same in all of us. We want to enjoy what we’re doing, enjoy what we’re practicing. If we don’t enjoy it, we won’t want to put 110% into it.
If we do enjoy practicing on something, we will become so much stronger in those areas.
Pushing Others & Finding their Strengths
As a parent, it’s my job to try and build up those strengths to maximum potential.
As a spouse, it’s my job to build up my wife and encourage her in the areas she excels in, something I don’t always do as I should, but I try when I can.
As an employee who has a few team members, it’s my duty to the job to look for areas where I’m weak or where others are weak and find someone who is exceptionally strong in those areas to fill in and strengthen the team.
This isn’t always easy to do, but we must do it if we want to become great leaders in life. We must strive to use and build up the strengths we have and see in others, or we will never reach or see others reach full potential.
Don’t Ignore the Weaknesses Completely
One thing I must touch on and make sure is said, would be you must not ignore the weaknesses in yourself or others. God gave us our weaknesses just as He gave us our strengths. A lot of the times our weaknesses allow God to display His strengths.
Weaknesses have become such a focus with our society, though, that’s the first thing anyone looks for in others. How can we improve their weaknesses to make them better and stronger?
This is a great question, because we shouldn’t be ignoring the weaknesses. We should still work on them while building up our strengths.
We can take classes or use Mr. Google to find ways to help us improve in any area of life we want to improve, but if we don’t enjoy what we’re working on, our focus will never be enough to make us great in that area.
The best piece of advice I can give you here is when you do work on your weaknesses or encourage others to work on theirs, please make sure to take it slow and in short bursts of time to keep from getting overly bored and discouraged.
What are Your Strengths?
Do you work on building up your strengths every day or do you focus on building up that weakness you just can’t catch any momentum with?
I know what I’m good at, and I attempt to work on those strengths every day I’m able. I also know what my weaknesses are and I have small periods throughout the day when I try and practice getting better at those as well.
I want to be the type of leader who can do this with everyone I meet. My children, my spouse, my co-workers, and future people I interact with on a regular basis. I want to be able to encourage and improve their strengths so they have a life of skills they truly enjoy using.
How can you start improving your strengths & others’ today?