It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look!

I felt great this morning when I rolled out of bed – and then I looked in the mirror. Whoa!  Sometimes there can be a pretty big gap between how we feel and reality.

So how do we close that gap?

Look in the mirror.  Learn about yourself.  Even though you may feel good about yourself, you need to do this.  There are several great tools that can tell you what your strengths are.  One of my favorites is Strengths Finder 2.0.  To find your spiritual gifts, Elmer Towns does a great job.

Our staff has all taken the Spiritual Gifts test to see how they scored.  My challenge to them is to make sure they are working to develop their top gifts.  John C. Maxwell says it best: “Talent is never enough”.  You have talent, but it won’t get you very far unless you work at it.

Complement yourself.  Seek out others who have strengths in the areas you’re weak in.  Get those people around you.  They are the key to balancing out your team.

I love the example in the Book of  Nehemiah.  Nehemiah started delegating leadership to others who had developed their strengths.  He handed the task of running the city of Jerusalem to men who were good at it.  Nehemiah picked Ezra, a priest to help start a spiritual revival among the people.  But he didn’t completely disengage from those areas.  Great leaders always stay involved in leading.

Make a plan and start doing it!  The clock is ticking.  Remember, it takes discipline and that means you need to continue to work at it every day.

So what’s my biggest weakness?  Mercy.  I try not to, but when I get tired, I tend to take Dirty Harry’s approach to conflict:

“I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”  ~Clint Eastwood (from the movie, Dirty Harry)

So, I know this is one of my weaknesses.  It can’t be an excuse for bad behavior and I always need to keep my weaknesses in check.

What are your strengths?  What’s your plan to improve your strengths today?

Here’s some other popular posts that you might be interested in: Surrounded by People Smarter than Me and Don’t Be a Poop Truck to those who follow

disclaimer:  Yes, you also need to be healthy on the inside too.  Staying healthy spiritually is part of staying balanced.

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