As I thought about what I would write for this week’s encouragement, I came across this quote by Steven Furtick, posted by the Mentors Channel.
Lead with your strength. There is something in you that you have to offer to other people that is refreshing to them because it represents something they don’t have. Finding your confidence in that is much more valuable than trying to compensate by pretending to be efficient in areas that you are not.
These words words really struck me, and made me stop and think about what it is to be strong. When it came right down to it, I realized that being “strong” had many meanings. We can be strong physically, but we can also be strong mentally and emotionally as well. When we see someone with “strength” in these areas, we stand back and say to ourselves, “Wow, I wish could be like that.” We admire those strengths because perhaps it is something we don’t have, and we want to be just like them.
Admiring others gives us an opportunity to look for the qualities that we want to attain in life, but we should not spend all of our time wishing and pretending to be something that we are not. Why? Because somewhere inside of each of us is the person that we are meant to be. When we take the time to concentrate on ourselves, we get the chance to work on the things that will make us the ones to be esteemed.
I know this to be true of myself. When I took the time to work on the areas of my life where I knew I could be great, my strengths began to show and others took notice. In time, my confidence grew and I started to expand upon those strengths. I know that if you do the same, your confidence will grow as your strengths begin to shine. You won’t have to admire them in others because you had them inside yourself all along, just like I did. Remember, you are stronger than you think, and you have much to offer as your strengths are unique to you. Use them to lead you to wherever you want to go!