I am strong!

October 12, 2007

So today I am sharing with you my strengths as taken by Marcus Buckingham’s book, “Now, Discover your Strengths”.  Buckingham has worked as a senior analyst at the Gallup Organization, and has built an excellent est of 34 strengths that every person is born with.  The following are my top 5 strengths.  The point is that most people focus on what they’re weak at, but Buckingham makes a case for focusing on your strengths!  And personally, I agree.  After all, it’s what God made us good at.  So enjoy these 5 strengths, and I’d love to hear your opinion on whather you think these are true about me.  Please let me know.  You can find your strengths at http://www.strengthsfinder.com and you can find the rest of the 34 after my top 5. 

You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the mostevents. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept toexplain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always
looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked byan obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the worldwe all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You
love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying,because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energywhenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart.
Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.

You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation.Some call you lighthearted. Others just wish that their glass were as full as yours seems to be. But eitherway, people want to be around you. Their world looks better around you because your enthusiasm is
contagious. Lacking your energy and optimism, some find their world drab with repetition or, worse, heavywith pressure. You seem to find a way to lighten their spirit. You inject drama into every project. Youcelebrate every achievement. You find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital. Some cynics
may reject your energy, but you are rarely dragged down. Your Positivity won’t allow it. Somehow you can’tquite escape your conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter what thesetbacks, one must never lose one’s sense of humor.

Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that weare all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our ownfree will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious.
Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowingthat we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectednessimplies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others becausewe will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Yourawareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting.
Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to theinvisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you
and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.

Competition is rooted in comparison. When you look at the world, you are instinctively aware of otherpeople’s performance. Their performance is the ultimate yardstick. No matter how hard you tried, no matterhow worthy your intentions, if you reached your goal but did not outperform your peers, the achievementfeels hollow. Like all competitors, you need other people. You need to compare. If you can compare, youcan compete, and if you can compete, you can win. And when you win, there is no feeling quite like it. Youlike measurement because it facilitates comparisons. You like other competitors because they invigorate you. You like contests because they must produce a winner. You particularly like contests where you know you have the inside track to be the winner. Although you are gracious to your fellow competitors and even
stoic in defeat, you don’t compete for the fun of competing. You compete to win. Over time you will come to avoid contests where winning seems unlikely.

You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason.
When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience
success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth-a new behaviorlearned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously
there were only halting steps. For you these small increments-invisible to some-are clear signs of potentialbeing realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Overtime many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your
helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.

Achiever, Activator, Adaptability, Analytical, Arranger, Belief
Command, Communication, Competition, Connectedness, Consistency
Context. Deliberative, Developer, Discipline, Empathy, Focus, Futuristic
Harmony, Ideation, Includer, Individualization, Input, Intellection, Learner
Maximizer, Positivity, Relator, Responsibility, Restorative, Self-Assurance
Significance, Strategic, Woo

Hope you enjoyed my strengths, and maybe understand me a bit better.  Let me know your opinions.  Have a great weekend!

Until next time…


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