…that’s what I asked Brad Withers, a business consultant from our church. The following blog posts take us through his answer.
“Spend time and energy on leveraging strengths vs. growing weaknesses.”
This seems counter-intuitive.
We all hate our weaknesses, whether we wallow in them or completely ignore them. We wish they didn’t exist; but they do. Out of a sense of people pleasing, or extreme pride, we may fight like mad to make those weaknesses go away. But the effort is draining; and while you may limit the damage of your weakness, you create more damage on your strengths.
It’s important, I think, to own our weaknesses. This doesn’t mean we need to take on the attitude of: “well this is who I am so you need to deal with it.” People deserve more humility from us. Owning our weaknesses means to be honest and vulnerable enough to admit that I can’t do it all and that I’m dependent upon the work of a team –team members that may have strength in the areas where I am weak.
This idea is packed with integrity and honesty.
My struggle here is people-pleasing…and maybe a dose of pride. I want to be good at everything. So the question is, can I have enough humility to own up?