Do you know your greatest strength(s)?
Focusing on and trying to work on areas where we are naturally weaker doesn't really make a whole heck of a lot of sense now does it? But we seem to spend a good amount of time, whether in schools or work or other organizations, doing just that don't we?
Everyone has more strength in one area or another. Instead of identifying and focusing and harnessing those strengths we seem to tend to split up or allocate more time to minimizing the areas where we're naturally weakest. We end up missing out on our greatest strengths leading us into our areas of greatness.
It's weird because in school, subjects are presented like they're all equally as important and valuable and critical for us to learn and absorb and know. But, what if you don't really care at all or aren't particularly strong in the area of math but you have an incredible eye and vision and inspiration in art. If not otherwise encouraged you might end up expending a considerable amount of time trying to get a good grade in math and accept but essentially neglect your natural strengths in the area of art. What a tragedy right? The potential to be a great artist was there all along but because of a belief that areas where we're weaker are "bad" we risk missing out on growing our strengths with the fertilizers of our best time, focus and energy.
Identifying your greatest strengths helps you know where to channel your focus. And when you know what to focus on you'll know what to do (a very big thing in a world where every item on our "To Do" lists seems to clamor equally as loudly as the next for our full, undivided and immediate attention). When you know what to do you'll be better able to find and maintain balance. Focus helps you know what to do and when you know what to do you naturally know what not to do. When you know what not to do, you find balance.
I can tend to get pretty caught up in my weaknesses from time to time. But, shifting our focus to finding and feeding our strengths is such a key to honing our focus which is the ticket to finding and keeping our balance.
I do love me some balance.