Today I participated in a training at work that encouraged our team to focus on our individual strengths and work to develop them. At one point in the training, we were asked to write a phrase with our non-dominant hand three times over. Let me tell you, that was a struggle.
When we finished writing, the facilitator pointed out that if we wanted to become a master calligrapher using our non-dominant hand, it would be a miserable experience. However, if we used our strong, dominant hand, the experience would be much more positive. He used this exercise to illustrate the point that we need to spend more time focusing on our strengths and turning those strengths into talents.
I think sometimes I spend too much time focusing on my weaknesses instead of on my strengths. While acknowledging weaknesses can be good, focusing too much on them can be detrimental.
God gave us each unique strengths to help us become the people He desires us to become. Do we sometimes make our paths harder by focusing on our weaknesses instead of developing our strengths? I know I do.
Christ is there to help us overcome weakness, and we need to turn to Him and let Him do that. But we must also realize He is there to help us use our strengths to fulfill the purposes for why we came to earth.
I never feel guilty for using my dominant hand when I write, so why should I feel guilty for using the strengths that God gave me to perform my mission here on earth?
Do we have weaknesses for a divine reason? Absolutely. We learn about this in the Book of Mormon. See Ether 12:27. But we also have strengths for a divine reason, and sometimes I think we (or at least I) can forget that.
After participating in this training, my goal is to focus on my strengths and seek to become even stronger in those areas that I am naturally good at. We each have been given natural abilities for a reason, so let’s use them!
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