Live Out Your Strengths

How many times have you thrown up your hands in frustration saying, “I can’t do it!  I just can’t do it all!

You’re right. You can’t do it all!  You weren’t meant to.

Romans 12:6 says that, In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well (NLT).

Play to Your Strengths

Over a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that has since ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths.

The first discovery they made was that every person has been born with a cluster of signature strengths that endure over time and a variety of situations.

Don’t Focus On Weakness

But they also discovered that most organizations, and dare I add most people, spend their lives focusing not on these strengths but instead on their weaknesses. Companies point them out, ruminate about them, and try to remediate them.

Yet in spite of all these efforts, these weakness-focused corporations continue to slog along in mediocrity.

And while it may seem logical to spend time and energy working on improving our weak areas, in reality, it’s like a baseball team taking their star pitcher and using all his practice time trying to improve his hitting.  Not time well spent!

Constantly trying to shore up your weaknesses takes away precious time and energy from the things you do phenomenally well.

Gallop’s research shows that when we try a different approach, we get different results.

The Secret to Success

And 20% of the organizations studied were doing just that, concentrating on helping people discover and work in the areas where they were strongest.

Their motto? Maximize strengths, and as much as possible, delegate weaknesses.  And these organizations weren’t just successful, they were wildly successful.

To set yourself up for success using your strengths you only need to do two things:

1.  Discover and work in strength and gift based areas

2.  Say ‘no’ to good things so you can say ‘yes’ to the best things

You can find out more about discovering and using your God-given strengths at www.strengthsfinder.com or just ask those who know and love you what they think you do best.

Whatever you discover, remember that powerful living comes from building on your strengths.

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