Is it easy for you to know your strengths? It is for me because I know who I am. But many have a hard time answering that question when it comes to themselves. How would your friends answer that question about you? Unfortunately a lot of people lack the self confidence to realize how special their strengths are. These are the people I wish I could help. We all have gifts that god has given us but sometimes we need that one person to help us to realize it. If you know someone like that be the difference maker in their life.
I am an extremely flawed individual so my areas for improvement is the easiest area to fill. Despite trying to live a Christian life I make mistakes all the time. I don’t make resolutions but rather each day I pray to be a better father, husband, son, brother, and friend than I was the day before. Sounds easy enough but most days I fail in one of those aspects at least in my eyes. One of my biggest fears growing up was disappointing other people. I knew my parents would get made at me but I felt the worst when I disappointed my parents especially my dad. I didn’t want to disappoint my coaches or teammates, my boss or co-workers, my family or friends, or my Lord. My roughest time was during my divorce. I felt like such a disappointment to so many people then my dad said something that still sticks with me today. He wasn’t disappointed in me because of a failed marriage but he told me “son you will probably disappoint people all your life but don’t ever disappoint yourself.”He was right. We can’t control others expectations of us but we can control our own. Give your best effort, don’t underachieve, and be true to yourself. Since my dad’s words,my toughest times are when I am honest and disappointed in myself.
Finally, it always helps to have goals in life. I already shared my daily goals above but it is good to have 2-3 goals for the year. My best advice is to make them challenging but attainable. If you set them too high or too low you will guarantee failure. Hopefully if these words help or motivate you we can all have a happy new year.