Focus on the Strengths of Others!

 

As soon as David volunteered to fight Goliath, King Saul said to him, “You are not able to go up against this Philistine to fight with him for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.”

Saul was focused on all the reasons that David might fail while David was focused on the rewards for being successful.

John Maxwell says that when some leaders begin to work with others on their development, they gravitate to weaknesses rather than strengths.  Maybe that’s because it’s so easy to see other people’s problems and shortcomings. But if you start by putting your energies into correcting people’s weaknesses, you will demoralize them and unintentionally sabotage the enlarging process.

Instead of focusing on weaknesses, give your attention to people’s strengths. Focus on sharpening skills that already exist. Compliment positive qualities. Bring out the gifts that already lie within them. Weaknesses can wait unless they’re character flaws. Only after you’ve developed a strong rapport with the person and they’ve begun to grow and gain confidence should you address areas of weakness, and then those should be handled gently and one at a time.

Anyone can focus on a person’s flaws, on their weaknesses, and most people do, but winners focus on the strengths of others. Winners do what they can to help others develop their strengths. Losers tear other people down. They’re like Saul, who said to David, “Let me tell you why you won’t be successful.”

As you go through life, you’re gonna meet people who will doubt your abilities. Some people take pride in the fact that they’re professional dream killers. They focus on problems and not on solutions. They’re full of negativity, and they’re happy to share.

Do not listen to them! You can try to help them change, but if they’re not willing to change, then do your best to avoid them.

I’m gonna guess that you’re the type of person who focuses on the strengths of others, because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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Full Transcript:

Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Focus”, and once again, I’m gonna start off with a thought that I got as I was reading the story of David and Goliath.

You see, as soon as David volunteered to fight Goliath, King Saul said to him, “You are not able to go up against this Philistine to fight with him for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.”

Saul was focused on all the reasons that David might fail while David was focused on the rewards for being successful.

John Maxwell says that when some leaders begin to work with others on their development, they gravitate to weaknesses rather than strengths.  Maybe that’s because it’s so easy to see other people’s problems and shortcomings. But if you start by putting your energies into correcting people’s weaknesses, you will demoralize them and unintentionally sabotage the enlarging process.

Instead of focusing on weaknesses, give your attention to people’s strengths. Focus on sharpening skills that already exist. Compliment positive qualities. Bring out the gifts that already lie within them. Weaknesses can wait unless they’re character flaws. Only after you’ve developed a strong rapport with the person and they’ve begun to grow and gain confidence should you address areas of weakness, and then those should be handled gently and one at a time.

Isn’t that good?! Focus on strengths of others! 

Anyone can focus on a person’s flaws, on their weaknesses, and most people do, but winners focus on the strengths of others. Winners do what they can to help others develop their strengths. Losers tear other people down. They’re like Saul, who said to David, “Let me tell you why you won’t be successful.”

As you go through life, you’re gonna meet people who will doubt your abilities. Some people take pride in the fact that they’re professional dream killers. They focus on problems and not on solutions. They’re full of negativity, and they’re happy to share.

Do not listen to them! You can try to help them change, but if they’re not willing to change, then do your best to avoid them.

I’m gonna guess that you’re the type of person who focuses on the strengths of others, because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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