We both have things that come more naturally to us.
Connecting with people is definitely one of my strengths. And you have many of your own too. You know, those things that come so naturally to you – you don’t even have to try.
These strengths benefit us in so many ways; but left unchecked, they can also become our greatest weaknesses. And that’s what I want you to be mindful of:
Balancing your strengths so they don’t become your weakness.
My ability to connect with people fuels my personal and professional life in obvious ways. And since this comes so naturally to me, if I don’t watch out for it or practice the opposite at times, ie. “disconnecting” or setting boundaries, I can find myself totally drained of time and energy. And therefore, my strength becomes my weakness.
Maybe you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum. Maybe, you find it really easy to say no. The benefit is you end up having more control over how you spend your time. BUT, if you let yourself lean into this strength too readily and too often, you may also miss out on opportunities and new connections, too.
You want to balance what comes more naturally to you by practicing some of the opposite too.
For example, if you’re a natural giver, you may want to practice being in the receiving mode more often. Or, let’s say you’re someone who’s quickly decisive and often sees things as black and white; you’ll want to practice exploring some of the grey areas too, where you stay open to possibilities and new ways of seeing things.
Let’s say you’re naturally a hard-worker, then practice allowing more free time in your life for flow and spontaneity. Or, on the flip-side, if you tend to be lazier with your goals, you’ll want to practice adding more regimen to your days and schedule.
The point isn’t to stray away from your natural strengths – the point is to be mindful enough so that your weapons of goodness don’t become your weapons of self-destruction.
Peace, love and balancing your strengths,