The Gold Focus

By February 6, 2008 2 Comments

Greetings Friends!

 I’ve noticed a tendency for people to notice their weaknesses, be troubled by them, and focus on them sometimes without giving much credit to their strengths.  But it is your strengths that give you the most power in accomplishing your dreams.  I like the way John C. Maxwell put it in his book, Talent Is Never Enough.  He said, “Focusing on weaknesses instead of strengths is like having a handful of coins – a few made of pure gold and the rest of tarnished copper – and setting aside the gold coins to spend all your time cleaning and shining the copper ones in the hopes of making them look more valuable.  No matter how long you spend on them, they will never be worth what the gold ones are.  Go with your greatest assets; don’t waste your time.” Bring out your gold!

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  • Dr. Paul says:

    Go ahead and improve on your weaknesses! The point here is to shift your focus to what you do well. As you spend more of your time and energy on ways you can uniquely contribute to the success and happiness of others, you will naturally see some improvements in other aspects of your life. Don’t get too bogged down in focusing on what you DON’T do well.

  • I wonder how to do this? Hasn’t the Lord said he gives us weaknesses to make us strong by, with his help changing, those weaknesses to strengths? One of my strengths is loving and helping people, one of my weaknesses is not liking to use the phone or make the first contact. How do I use my strength without improving my weakness?