Brand Yourself and Become a Super Achiever
God made us differently and fitted us with gifts and abilities that are peculiar to each person, though we share organs which are similar in functions.
There are no two persons alike in the world, just like there are no two finger prints alike. This variety or difference is intended to add spice to life and to reserve a distinguishing value for everyone. However, your distinguishing value is your unique selling point (USP) and everyone has got it!
What Is This Branding Concept?
Branding is a marketing concept that identifies products and their sources and also differentiates them from other products. In much the same way, we ought to differentiate and distinguish ourselves. You become distinguished when you identify your difference from the differences of others. What give you an edge (like any products) over others are not the similarities that you share with them but your points of difference. It is what we have which others have not (in terms of ability), that gives us an edge, not the other way round. This is called unique selling preposition. It is the single most distinguishing attribute of a given product. This is the strength of the product.
Your strength in what you do does not come from the things you share in common with your competitors. Rather, it is in those things that distinguish you. It is only by locating these points of difference, among others, that you can successfully harness the opportunities for successful achievement. Your area of difference is what sells you. Your area of difference is your strength and advantage. Therefore, focus on your area of strength and donít spend time to try to develop your weakness.
Sadly however, too many people have wrongly measured their weaknesses against other people elseís strength. This is intimidating and will certainly play down your confidence or strength, and make it inactive. As different as our faces are, so are our potentialities and gifting. Never try to develop a gift along the area of your weakness. The best you will become if you do is an average person (mediocre). Nobody ever performs at superlative level from a position of weakness. Rather, concentrate on your strength and let it overwhelm your weakness and a good way to locate your strength is by your passion Ė an area where you perform well without trying. Learn To Look At Your Strength
Very many years ago, after the Israelites had come out of bondage and wandered in the wilderness, they failed to distinguish themselves; they failed to consider their strength in God. Instead they considered their slave status. Ten out of twelve men sent out to spy the Promised Land came back with frightening news. Only two men, who understood the branding concept, distinguished themselves. They did not take the enemies strength into account. A point of difference was established when they considered their own strength of uniqueness.
Donít Remain In That Circle of Defeat!
Another time, the Israelites were confronted with another challenge, but they had a choice to capitalize on their strength. At this time, a nation named Philistine came against them in a military battle, and the strength of the Philistine army was in one man who was a great giant. This giant was physically imposing and intimidating and the Israelite army wrongly measured their chance to win, by having the enemiesí strength in perspective. This wrong standard to measure strength affected their confidence in God and they became afraid. There was a widespread feeling of fear among the army of Israel. However, a 17 year old boy name David, rightly applied the concept of branding and derived courage by taking into account the distinguishing points which differentiated him from the giant. Davidís point of difference was he believed in Godís protection. By applying the concept of branding, Davidís courage welled up and he got the strength to drop the giant dead through an effortless but tactful use of a sling and a smooth stone.
Finally, people and nations will not remain in obscurity for too long, if they seek to develop and master their gifts and resources along the area of strength.
You will not fail, you will succeed!
About the Author: Kingsley Enaboakpe is a Bible Scholar. He is the coordinator of Mercy Christian Ministries and is involved in the ministriesí activities of Bible Translation, works of mercy and the use of its web-site (www.superb-christian-web-sites.com) to help empower Godís people spiritually, physically and materially. Visit the web-site at www.superb-christianĖweb-sites.com