Your energy is precious. Where are you going to invest it?

“Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.”

Roy T. Bennett

I once saw John Maxwell speak on the topic of maximizing strengths. He said, “most people try to shore up their weaknesses because the world says this is where you need to focus. But let’s face it, this is an investment of effort with limited return. Why would you put all your effort into improving an area where you score a “4” to become at best a “6”. Instead, why don’t you invest the same amount of effort to turn a “7” into a “9” or an “8” into a “10.”

We only have so much energy to invest; shouldn’t we find a way to invest in the most impactful manner possible? 

Invest in your strengths.  

Invest in your character.  

Invest in your blessings.  

Everything else will fall into place.  

Have you been vaccinated?

“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.”

Roy T. Bennett 

Positivity and gratitude are the vaccines necessary to ward off the effects of fear, doubt, and worry. It is a vaccination that requires a daily dose but when taken regularly can have miraculous results. Have you taken your shot today?

Critical help…

“Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.”

Roy T. Bennett

Human natures seems to have a strong predisposition towards talking about, and criticizing, others. I know that I am certainly guilty of this. I wonder what would happen if we flipped the paradigm on its head and instead spent the time and energy on growing ourselves with the intent to help others? How powerful would it be if instead of asking ‘what’s wrong with them’ or ‘why can’t they do a better job at this or that?’ we instead asked the question, ‘how can I grow and develop myself with a goal to help them?’ Or, even more simply, ‘how can I help and serve them?’

If instead of criticizing someone today, challenge yourself to find a way to help them grow. Ask how can you make a difference and not just be a someone that is good at finding fault with others.

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