Did you know you were fearfully and wonderfully made by God? (Psalm 139:14) You were created in His image. (Genesis 1:26) You are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37) You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13) Knowing these truths gives you an absolute standard for your life. They are encouragement to your soul.
When you know the truth about God and your existence, confusion is not an option. Be firm, truthful and sure about who you are and what you stand for. Don’t let the opinions and prejudices of others tell your story. You are unique, valuable and have a lot to offer. When you know the truth about yourself no one can easily offend or discourage you.
A truthful evaluation of yourself is when you can admit your strengths and weaknesses. No one has to tell you where you are lacking. You know where you need to improve and where you excel. When you continue to truthfully evaluate yourself you continue to grow and mature. When you mature in your weak areas you begin to succeed where you previously failed.
A truthful evaluation also helps you have a balanced view about yourself. You remain level headed and humble. You are confident in what you can do and ask for help in your areas of weakness. In Chuck Gallozzi’s article “Personal Strengths and Weaknesses” posted on Personal-Development.com, he says “It is only when we give equal weight to our strong points and faults that we can realize our potential.”
When you know the difference in your strengths and weaknesses you feel good about yourself. You can honestly agree or disagree with someone’s report about you without malice. You are not vulnerable to negative criticism. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
In the article “Personal Strengths and Weaknesses” Chuck Gallozzi also advises to choose friends carefully. He says each relationship nurtures our strengths and weakness. He further states that we will either get better or worse depending on the people we choose to spend time with.
Surround yourself with people who have your best interest at heart. They tell you the truth and give balanced advice. Constructive criticism is only good when the underlying motive seeks to help and not destroy. When someone gives you constructive criticism always take what you can use to better yourself and throw away what does not help or pertain to you.
Knowing the truth about yourself also gives you a fair view of others. You can be patience with others because everyone has strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect and everyone needs improvement in areas of weakness.
It is empowering when you are confident in who you are and what you stand for. No one’s comments can make you dislike yourself. You are your greatest ally. Your own support is imperative to your success. You have to believe in yourself even when others do not. Continue to pursue those things that make you a better person. “You are the most influential person you will talk to all day.” (Zig Ziglar of Ziglar, Inc.)