Picture this. You are out with a loved one who suddenly goes pale, clutches their chest, and collapses. Two words flash across your mind as it races in terror: HEART ATTACK!
Just at that moment, a stranger steps in and immediately begins to administer CPR. You notice this person is intensely focused, yet strangely at ease. Without words, their actions speak loudly: they know what they are doing. You are frightened by the situation, yet inexplicably relieved by the intervention. And then you see it, faint at first…then stronger and deeper…your loved one’s chest begins to raise and lower as life returns.
This is competence in action.
Competence is the person who knows who they are – what their strengths are – and who develops those strengths into skills to ultimately help others. Competence is the person who can step in when the need arises and smile with reassurance because they know what to do.
Believe me, if this were you, a competent person is exactly who you want to see at a time like that.
You hear a lot about strengths, self-improvement, empowerment – in fact, very often, you will find it right here.
Do we promote such ideas so you can stand in a gym and admire your own muscles? Do we promote the idea of developing your mind so the world can see how smart you are? Do we promote the idea of having values so you can show everyone how much better you are than them? Never, never, never! This is not competence – it is conceit. And, frankly, people who are all about themselves have very small fan clubs.
The reason you should be strong in each area of life and develop your particular strengths to the highest level boils down to one very important concept: to serve others.
If you’ve ever seen someone dip into their strengths and passion to help someone else, you have seen competence in action.
You have strengths unique to you. You have skills. Do you have competence?
If not, take the time to hone those strengths and skills for service. There’s a saying, “There’s a prepared place for a prepared person.”
Be competent…be prepared.