Focus on your strengths

The counselling we receive when we are feeling down is to not compare ourselves to others.

That is because in time of self doubt, we have a natural tendency to compare our weaknesses to someone else’s strengths. Obviously, it is a losing game and apart from being unfair to ourselves, it only serves the purpose of extending the pity party. 

However, since U.S. President Donald Trump has entered the political arena, there is a new bloodthirsty sport. The sad news is it is spreading globally and I cannot wait for it to change. 

When we look at a leader in any sector of society, family, organizational, corporate, church or politics, we typically do look at their strengths. In fact, when they apply for the job, they create a resume or policy document that explains why they are the very best for the job. 

Not so in today’s world, sadly. We seem to be so focused on ripping a counterpart (opponent) to pieces that we no longer seem to be able to rationally and sensibly communicate why we are the best for the job. 

It has become the tenet of political campaigns around the globe. A desire to get an upper hand by walking with very muddy boots over the other party. 

To me, it is a very obvious sign of weakness. If we believe in ourselves enough to confidentially communicate the benefits of letting us become part of a team, then we can obviously be silent about the opponent.

It is a sad day when the only comment we are able to make is that of a negative and often false accusation of somebody attempting to climb the same ladder.

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Mark has been an entrepreneur for more than 40 years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business.

He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the U.K. in 1988.

His column focuses on ways we can improve on success in our lives. Whether it is business, relationships, or health, Mark has a well-rounded perspective on how to stay focused for growth and development.

His influences come from the various travels he undertakes as an adventurer, philanthropist and keynote speaker. More information can be found on Mark at his website www.markjenningsbates.com

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