We all want to feel valuable. We want and need to feel that we count, that our presence is appreciated, that we contribute to life. Sometimes we simply try too hard. The fact is, what sets you apart, what makes you valuable are your strengths – those qualities and attributes that are so much a part of you that they make you stand out.
Your strengths are the things that make you unique and valued.
Even the un-positive strengths have value
What if people regard you as “stubborn”, for instance? It’s easy to think up some negative connotations for stubborn. But what if you turn that into interpretations like determination, tenacity, a person who follows through. That’s a slightly different take on a quality. Now it’s true that being stubborn may benefit from a little flexibility, but see how you can turn a potentially less-than-desirable character trait into a strength!
You strength will make you seem unique
For a time, I believed I was too self-absorbed and self-focused. Until I realized that all creativity comes from within and the only way to get to it is through introspection, i.e. self-absorption and self-focus. It’s the artist’s way. We have to listen within. So my desire to be alone and contemplative sets me apart from a lot of people and makes me unique but it’s all exactly what makes my work valuable, it’s how I contribute.
You strengths may be subtle
I’ve always been a good organizer, but it was years before I realized that I was also a good organizer of ideas. I then put that ability to work as a coach and as a writer. What strengths do you have that would benefit from being applied in a new venue?
You have to see yourself as valuable
The very uniqueness, the very qualities that make you different, are what make you valuable. Stop comparing yourself others. They have their own unique combination of passion and talents, just as you do.
Begin noticing what people ask you to do. That is your strength. Notice what you love to do. That is your passion. Notice how you are different from others. That is your uniqueness.
Make choices to honor your path
No one walks the same path. Although we walk alongside others for short periods, we’re on life’s journey in our own unique way. We learn from others and move on. We share ourselves with others and move on. We are always alone on this journey. Always striving to be more, to give more of ourselves, to honor more of our gifts.
What makes you feel valuable, you do. Only you.
To Sing a Deeper Song Consider
Take Time to Explore Your Talents
How Being Different Makes You Special
The Responsibility of an Artist
Share From Your Soul
Stoking the Fire Within
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