72 – Message of the week: Know & Understand Thyself
BY STAN KONTOS
This week I’d like to share with you the importance of investing sufficient time each week studying and working on ourselves.
Every human being (including you and I) have weaknesses which need to be worked on with the view to overcoming them, as well as strengths which need to be further developed into a gift and given liberally to our workplaces, family and our friends.
Let’s begin with weaknesses. These are revealed when we feel or express negative, unresourceful emotions:
- Anger – at someone or something
- Sadness – depression and feeling low (other than grief from loss)
- Hurt – especially troublesome if it happens regularly because someone said something, or did not say something
- Guilt – the inability to process self forgiveness from mistakes
- Fear – also manifested as angst, anxiety and feeling stressed
We all have weaknesses and if we want to achieve all our inspired goals in life, we need to work on and eventually eliminate weaknesses. Weakness resides deep inside our heart and reveal themselves by coming to the surface of our mind as thoughts and unresourceful emotions. One of the personal prayers I say (almost) daily is “God reveal my weaknesses, cleanse my heart and mind,and renew a right spirit within me”. When I say this, it is incredible how a thought comes to the surface of my mind revealing to me what it is I need to work upon. As we grow each week by working on and overcoming weakness, we attain more inner peace and tap into more inner wisdom. This inner wisdom helps us make better decisions and brings clearer foresight in life, business, and career. We become more effective and are able to add more value to others both personally and professionally.
Every human being on earth has weaknesses to work upon and overcome. It is this realisation that keeps a person grounded. Happy people know that happiness comes from constant personal and spiritual progress, that no human being is perfect and the secret to living is in giving.
Now let’s go onto strengths. We all can get better at almost anything if we have the right teacher (coach, mentor, business partner, boss, or friend) in our life. When we learn how to do something from the right source and practice, practice, practice we get pretty good. Repetition is the mother of skill. This is how we get to higher and higher performance levels in sports, relationships,and in our chosen career, or business path. However, there are also strengths which we are born with and need nurturing. I call these gifts that we are born with and need to be developed and shared with the people in our world. For some of us it is in the arts like music, painting, drawing or dancing. It may be linked to leadership such as speaking, teaching, influencing or it may be other forms of creativity like entrepreneurship, writing, gardening or even cooking. There are many gifts we are each born with, that we discover during our life journey.These gifts need time and effort to develop, you know they are gifts because they come naturally. These gifts grow in skill-set very quickly and they have a noticeable positive effect on those around us.
This next week I encourage you to work on at least one weakness and acknowledge at least one strength that you will put effort into growing.
The more you know and understand thyself, the more you will begin to realise that you were put on earth for a reason and that there is a life journey that is unique just for you!
We are all interconnected and are there to serve one another with our gifts.
Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace.
As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies. Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).
His areas of passion include:
- Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
- Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
- Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
- Leadership Development
- Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment
Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.
Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.
Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.
Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.