Friday, March 7, 2014

what kind of person are you, or are you not?

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 We all have strengths and weaknesses. And duh, they aren't all the same.

Here are some things I am terrible at:

Getting work done early- I always wait until the last minute. There's nothing more motivating than the last minute. I know, some of you are cringing at that right now.
Writing music- I can read music all day long. But ask me to create my own? Or even improvise off of basic chords and notes. Nope, not going to happen.
Remembering- Seriously, I have the worst memory. I'll tell my husband something that I just heard for the first time or just discovered while reading the Bible, only to hear him say, "Ya, you told me that like 3 months ago."
Being Patient- My patience is so short. It's horrible. And something that God is always working on in me.
Biting my tongue- If a thought enters my mind, I generally want to say it. I do put most everything through a filter but there have been numerous occasions where the second I said something I wished with everything in me I could take it back.

But enough about those weaknesses. Let's first consider our strengths. I want to challenge us to really consider what kind of people we are. How did God wire you? What comes easy to you? And along with that, what are you not as good at (those things can help you pin point what you are good at)?

As I recently thought through these questions, especially in respect to the positions I'm currently in and the direction that the Lord is calling me to, I've been able to determine what kind of person I am.

I am a big vision person.

No question, I have giant, lofty, crazy big dreams and goals. I love writing goals; weekly, monthly, yearly, and beyond. I have grand ideas and plans; hopes and dreams. Ask me my plan for x, y and z and I can draw out a big vision, 5 or 10-year plan for it. No problem.

And I love that God has given me that strength. I love being able to dream big and see end goals to work toward.

But in thinking about that strength, I've also been able to determine where I struggle and what my weaknesses are.

I struggle with implementing an action plan.

I know, how in the world am I going to reach my goals, see my big visions come to life, if I can't implement the daily, step by step actions that are required? And that's why I started thinking about what kind of person I am. What are my strengths? Because then I was able to better determine my weaknesses. And now I know where to work and improve.

Honestly, I can write an action plan. It's just a smaller goal list, really. But it's taking those first, initial steps where I struggle. And I have no idea why. Okay, maybe it's the procrastinator in me. Maybe it's a fear that my steps and effort won't be enough. Maybe it's my refusal to ask for help and for criticism. Maybe it's that I'm intimidated by what others are doing and I worry I won't do it as well or I'll be judged for being inexperienced or young.

Whatever the reason, I just need to get over it. Or in nicer terms, I need to work through it. I need to face it head on and work diligently to overcome it. But the truth is, I can't get over it, and you can't get over it, until you are willing to sit down and decide what's holding you back. What are your weaknesses? They may be the key to why you aren't accomplishing your goals.

It's good to know what kind of person you are. Let's be honest, most of us have no problem thinking of all the things we're good at. We like to focus on the good. We like to think about what makes us feel good about ourselves.

But what are you terrible at? Where do you need work? What are your weaknesses?

Determine those things and get to work. And then, I think, we can get some amazing things done.

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