Finding and Developing Your Strengths


We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience

in which we really stop to look fear in the face…

we must do that which we think we cannot.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Each person is born with a unique set of talents and strengths, but whether you have discovered and actively developed them or not is the real question of the day! Perhaps you have been told that you are really good at something, but you have let your skills go untapped while you wait for the confidence and courage to take the appropriate action.

There are even a few people whose self-esteem is so low that they truly believe they don’t possess any talents at all! If this is you, believe that your talents are there, just waiting to be revealed to you!

1. Do your homework

Maybe you think that you are particularly strong in one area, but you aren’t completely sure about it. This first step is where you need to look into things that interest you or that you believe you might be good at. See what resources are available and what it would take for you to make the commitment to strengthen your strengths.

2. Be patient

Developing your strengths to their fullest potential will not happen overnight. To fully develop a talent, you must be patient with yourself. Patience is not easy and many of people struggle with it. But if you can be patient, you will reap the benefits at the end of the process.

A useful way to think of developing your talents is to consider it as a journey. It may take you a while to get to your destination, but you will learn so much along the way. You will make some mistakes and celebrate your milestones, and by the time you are completely done, your strength will be fully developed to the peak of your abilities.

3. Goal-setting

People are more successful when they set specific goals for themselves. Write down what you would like to accomplish and the date by which you’d like to achieve it. Always remember to be realistic and review your goals frequently to keep yourself on track.

Post your goals in places where you’ll see them throughout the day. The refrigerator, bathroom mirror, and your computer monitor are a few ideas. This will not only keep you on track, but it will also motivate you to reach these goals as quickly as possible. I have a vision/ dream board as well as several other places around the house where I can see reminders of where it is I want to get.

4. Believe in you.

Confidence can be one of your greatest strengths and assets. While you are trying to improve yourself in any capacity, if you truly believe that you will be able to accomplish the thing, then you have won half the battle. And this is a battle within your mind, and can be greater than any challenge you face in reality.

You will face some have tough days while you are still feeling unsure of your final goal. But if you can get yourself back on track quickly, you will only stand to build more momentum. Finding and developing your strengths may be seem like an impossible, daunting or overwhelming journey at times. And, yes, it will take some work, but everything worth anything involves hard work!

Stay focused on the big picture, be sure that you maintain unwavering belief that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, and success, in your terms, will be yours.


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