Discover your stregnths.
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Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is 2018. I pray this year will be your year to accomplish that dream, vision and/or change that you have been thinking and praying about. I hope I can encourage and enlighten you here at She Who Honors. There are plenty of posts to check out to help you on your change journey, vision and other things to encourage you to live an abundant life. I pray that you also lean on God, the ultimate encourager to help you throughout this year.
It took me some time to think of a new post for this new year. After a two-week vacay for the Christmas season, my brain was still on sleep mode. I prayed, slept on it, looked at some notes, did research on line and finally it popped in my mind! Here it goes…
How many of you have been on job interviews and had to answer the questions what are your strengths and weaknesses? Can I tell you I HATED those questions! I don’t like to use the word hate, but I really hate those.
I’ve written down and been prepared for interviews with those questions. I think it may be pride but I hate answering the weakness questions. I feel they may not hire me because of those weaknesses.
What do you think of when you hear the word weakness? Dictionary.com defines weakness as: 1. the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
2.an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect:
to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
What interviewers should ask is: What would you like to improve about your skills? Or something to that effect.
Dictionary.com defines Strengths as: 1.the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
2.mental power, force, or vigor.
3.moral power, firmness, or courage.
The meaning of strengths the interviewer asks, and we mostly think of is: God’s gifts to us; skills and talents that we are born with. What comes easy. For example, a learner, analytical, communicator, achiever. A weakness are things that don’t come naturally to us. We may be able to do those things, but it takes more effort.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:4-8 NIV
When we use our gifts and talents at our jobs and in various aspects of life, we are fulfilling our purpose in life and that feels good.
However, some of you may not know how to describe your strengths or know how many you have! Knowing your strengths can make a world of difference in your life. I have two book recommendations to use to help you in your quest of strength/gift finding.
The first book is called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. This book works with an online test from Gallup’s: Now, Discover Your Strengths. It comes with a unique access code for the online assessments. The book describes all the strength themes (that’s what they call them), examples of what that looks like, ideas for action and how to work with people who have those strengths. I took the test – about 20-30 minutes – and it emails you the results. The results were spot on! When I read the descriptions of each of my strengths, I was like yes!! That is me! This is a great book.
The other book recommendation is The Gift In You: Discover new life through gifts hidden in your mind. By Dr. Caroline Leaf. This book talks about how every one of us has a different thought pathway. There is an assessment in the book to find your thought path and your gifts. I admit its been awhile since I read it, but it was informative, and I learned more about how unique we all truly are.
Invest in yourselves and buy one or both books. They are life changers and can help you turn your vision and dreams into reality. They helped me to fulfill my passion and purpose of starting this blog.
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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