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Budzban: Do you know your limitations?

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By Annettee Budzban

"Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God's plan for us."

-- 2 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

My friend was offered a promotion and turned it down, saying, " I jut don't feel it's the right thing for me." I admired the fact that she knew her limitations.

Do you know your limitations? Do you understand there are some things that you just can't do, no matter how hard you try?

Sometimes, it takes us a while to understand our limits.

A good friend of mine jokes that you wouldn't want to hear her sing, yet her husband is a beautiful singer.

A nurse I used to work with was extremely well organized and speedy at completing her tasks. She used to get frustrated with others who couldn't keep up with her pace. She didn't realize she had a gift for speed and organization that others didn't possess -- they possessed gifts that were different from hers.

There are times we need to stretch ourselves and improve our abilities in an area, but sometimes our frustration is created by the fact we are doing something we are not equipped to do.

Oftentimes, people go beyond their boundaries when desire for prestige or pride gets in the way. They find themselves frustrated, insecure and overwhelmed. They may also be too critical of themselves.

Everyone was not created to be the " janitor" or the "boss." When we start to see our abilities and limitations, we can let go of the pressure of trying to do something that's not a fit for us.

When we stay within our niche, we find fulfillment and happiness. If we try to take on things that are not God's will for us, we will only come up with agitation and failure.

God has supplied us with the talent and ability to do the job he gifted us to do. Joy and satisfaction are found within the boundary lines of his design for our lives. As we go into the new year, let's be mindful to discover our talents and limitations and enjoy our lives.

• Annettee Budzban author, speaker, life coach and nurse will be presenting "Dream Big! 13 steps in 2013 to make your dreams reality!" from 9-10 a.m. Jan. 11 at Panera Bread, Gurnee. and 3-4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 12, at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach. Reserve a seat by calling (847) 543-8413 or email