Building capacity is essential for expansion in many areas; personal as well as professionally. Capacity is the place we create within ourselves to hold and sustain something greater. So how does a person increase capacity? First, you have to identify the lids that keep you static and remove these obstacles. Second, find the right people or institutions that can shape new thinking. Finally, you must act upon the new knowledge you gain, and gain new knowledge along the way. Building capacity is basically renewing our mind so we can believe in ourselves as to create and engage new opportunities that will challenge you to grow. I have found three essential principles for building capacity. First and foremost you need an honest assessment of yourself.
Before you can increase any personal or professional capacity you must assess yourself. Where do you stand today, and where do you want to be tomorrow? What gifts, talents and knowledge do you possess, and are you maximizing them? And what new experiences do you need in your life that will expose you to new knowledge? There are many types of assessments. I recommend a varied sample:
a. Personal or Life Assessment – This assessment requires a self-evaluation. Try taking a week or so, a total of 20 hours of silence to think about your life: Where do you want to be in 5 years from now? What is required to get you there? What people and resources will you need in your journey? What are your strengths/weaknesses? This evaluation will require an honest assessment. However, this is only the beginning, you will need other assessment components to complete this process.
b. Innate Gifts and Personality Assessment – Online offers many assessments; some are free, while others will require money. Many people don’t know “what” they have. I spoke to an adult male who sat at my table during Bible study, and asked him the simple question, “What are your spiritual gifts?” He simply answered, “I have been a Christian for 12 years and I don’t know the answer to that question.” Here are some online assessments:
Team Dimensions Profile- Know your place within a team.
Personal Assessment – Know yourself.
Innate Gifts - Your personal strengths.
Spiritual Gifts – Your spiritual gifts.