Thursday, December 1, 2011

~ Know Yourself ~

Every one of us has strengths ... and weaknesses. Sometimes we have difficulty identifying our strengths, because we often feel calling out our good points is bragging, or we feel others might feel we're full of ourselves ... but nothing is further from the truth. It's only after you truly learn your own personal strengths that you can begin to understand the value you can offer to this world. Once you realize where your strengths lie, you'll be surprised how your self-esteem will be enhanced and the confidence you have in yourself will be noticed by others, who will seek out your opinions and learn to draw upon your strengths!

By the same token, it's important to know that we all have weaknesses ... and once you've determined YOURS, you'll be better able to set your own limits. Knowing your weaknesses will also allow you to develop your own personal growth plan, which can be an excellent opportunity to learn new things and take on new challenges.

Things happen for a reason. When you understand the why, you gain control and effectiveness. Knowing why, and why not, will help you to avoid mistakes, and to create powerful strategies for excellence in all you do.

The world is full of opportunities to create value and wealth – and these opportunities come disguised as problems. Any problem is an opportunity to make an improvement. Problems and obstacles force you to focus your efforts toward a specific goal – solving the problem. Problems are a blessing, because when you solve them you grow as a person and you gain valuable experience.

You learn things that can allow you to help other people solve the same problem. If the problem you solve is big enough and widespread enough, the opportunity that creates could be enormous. Challenges and problems give you a chance to develop your resourcefulness. Problems are your opportunity to give it all you’ve got – to truly shine as a person.

Don’t become defensive, but strive to see the other person’s point of view. Respect the fact that criticism is a form of caring. If someone didn’t care, they would just say nothing at all. Realize that any criticism of your action does not reflect negatively on you as a person. Objectively consider the criticism of others, and you can learn from it.

The need to be right, the need to be comfortable, the need to control others, the need for security, and the need to possess, among other things. These things are elusive. Don’t need what you have – have what you need. If always you think in terms of needing what you have, then you will never have enough. Instead, think in terms of having what you need and you will always enjoy abundance.

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