Do you ever wonder what your strengths are or question if you even have any? When working in reflexology, or just going about life in general it can be difficult to recognize strengths, and then use them to our benefit. I often work with people that are slow to recognize their God-given gifts and talents. When my clients ask me how they can discover theirs, I give them one powerful piece of advice. If you want to find your strengths, the first place to look is behind your weaknesses. That is often where they are hiding.
The Greatness in your Faults
Looking to your faults and weaknesses to discover your strengths may seem a bit counterintuitive. However, oftentimes we may find our weaknesses are just our strengths turned up too high. Consider the weaknesses you may find in yourself, and think of the positive qualities or motivations that are at the heart of those perceived weaknesses. Don’t let the world define you. Don’t let past experiences and conversations limit you. Look within to find answers. Your strengths are there. They may just be hiding behind negative labels of perceived weaknesses.
What Makes Us Unique
What makes us different, what sets us apart, those things that we may think are broken about ourselves, these are the things that can actually be the greatest gifts we have to offer the world. We can learn how to use them to benefit ourselves and others. Each of us is born with specific gifts and those gifts, in combination with the experiences we have in life, give us an individual skill set we can offer the world. No one else has your combination of talents, personality, and background. There is only one you in the world. What have you been given to offer it? What makes you unique?
Write down a list of things that you feel are your weaknesses. Across from each, list one potential strength that could be hiding behind it. For example:
Too trusting might be paired with the ability to love and see good in clients who can't see it in themselves. Obsessive qualities could become strong focus. Being too emotional might be reflected in the ability to connect deeply and empathize with clients.
Taken from Chapter 11 of Soul Intuition by Allison H Larsen
It is important to take time to examine and write the behaviors and characteristics you like and love about yourself. The following phrases are some examples of daily affirmations taken from Dr. Mamiko Odegard's book Daily Affirmations for Love.
I know that unless I can love myself, I cannot truly love anyone else. I realize that I can be proud of who I am, which is important to my own self-esteem. My esteem and the essence of my success are not limited to career or financial achievements. Too often we criticize ourselves for falling short of reaching our own expectations. Today I celebrate my own being as I look back from where I came and see the growth I've experienced. By loving myself, I can now more fully love others.
You can use these daily affirmations, or come up with your own based on your current in position in life's journey. Learning to love yourself, to find strengths in your weaknesses, and helping others do the same will change the way you interact with clients and how you approach reflexology and life in general.
For Allison H Larsen's book Soul Intuition visit www.soulintuition.com. For Dr. Mamiko Odegard's book Daily Affirmations for Love visit drmamiko.com. You can also find these books on Amazon.