It is so easy for us to stay busy in life without really learning much about ourselves. For many years I pretty much listened to what others thought about me and accepted that as truth. I was told I was shy so I acted shy. I was told I was quiet so I stayed quiet. I was told many other things negative about myself so I began to believe what others said to be true.

One reason people shy away from really getting to know themselves is because they tend to believe what other people think about them as truth. However, that is far from the truth. Others don’t know us as we know ourselves. And, even better, others don’t know us as God does. We and others are blinded by our own biases and perceptions whereas God sees the truth.

So how does this relate to shying away from knowing and developing our strengths? Many reasons but here are a few:

  1. We shy away because we think we are already as good as we are going to get or we are comfortable where we are. We don’t want to change.
  2. We shy away because we don’t think we can be any different or we are afraid we will fail if we try. We don’t want to fail.
  3. We shy away because it requires effort and research to learn more about us and to develop the strengths we have. We don’t want to do the work.

These reasons are legitimate but they are simply excuses. Many of us have experienced these excuses and continue to experience them as we live in our world doing whatever we want without knowing the full capabilities we really have.

Maybe it’s time we took a “real” look at ourselves. Maybe it’s time we did some real digging and soul searching to learn about what we enjoy doing, what we are good at and how we can use that to help others. Maybe it’s time we stop shying away from our strengths and use them to make a difference.

I am ready. Are you?