Know Your Part.

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Everyone has a part to play.

It means that each of us brings unique strengths to our careers, our relationships, and our lives in general.  We each bring our own gifts and talents to the lives we lead.  What do you do best?  What is the thing you know you do better than anyone else?  Find that, and you will have found the gift you bring to everyone around you.

Some have gifts surrounding specific tasks at work.  Some are good listeners.  Some organize like no one else.  Some are gifted speakers.  Are you a gifted leader?  Perhaps you collect owed monies better than anyone you’ve ever met.  Perhaps you bake the best lasagna of anyone you know.  It is possible that you reason better than anyone you know and can give outstanding advice to those who are searching.

If you have questions about what you are best at perhaps you need to ask questions of those around you.  People in your life know you.  People are already talking about what you do well.  Maybe they are not telling you, but they will if you ask.  If you already know what you do well, then start telling people.  Let folks know that your talents are available to benefit the group or greater cause.

What is more, you can start building those in your life up by telling them what they do well.  If you have a friend or coworker that seems like they do not know their strengths, you can lend direction to them by telling them what they do well.  Tell them how they fit well into the greater picture, so they can understand the ways that they contribute.

The bottom line is this.  Everyone brings a different dish to the cookout.  We all have reasons to be proud of what we do, and we all need desperately to understand how we contribute to one another and to our greater causes.

Know your gifts.  Know your piece of the puzzle, and tell others what you see as their gifts.  It matters, and it will allow us to be better members of the teams we represent.

Show Me Your Confidence!

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Do you consider yourself to be a confident person?  Well, you can.

In his book “Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-tested secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-eating Plants, and More,” Garth Sundem suggests that our minds tend to work against us if we are lacking in confidence.  In terms of vulnerability to conspiracy theories, the book suggests that people who are less confident tended more to see troubling patterns in situations that were truly random and lacking in patterns.

We know that much of our strength is fueled by our confidence, and our confidence comes from different areas of our lives.  Yes, it is important to feel confident in our abilities to perform our job, but there are other areas of our lives that create confidence for us.  A strong foundation, whether in our marriage, our relationships with our children or other family members, or in talents that feed our hobbies, is critical to our ability to hold our heads high and tackle all opportunities as empowered individuals.  Whose picture sits on your desk at work?

Look around at the landscape of your life.  Where are your anchors?  Where do you feel strongest?  Who or what in your life contributes to making you feel confident?  Create a picture of that person, place, or thing and wear it like a badge.

  • From what areas of your life do you draw confidence?
  • How can you start today by drawing on your sources to lead a more confident life?

We all have valid reasons to feel confident.  We all better rise to any occasion when we stand taller and present with confidence.  We all have varying reasons to feel confident (i.e., different skills, different home lives, etc.).  It is up to you to identify your sources of strength and put them to good use.

How would you rate yourself as a confident person?  From where do you draw your confidence?  I challenge you to share your greatest sources of confidence in the Comments section below.