Focus on your STRENGTHS. One of my coaches Ken Abrams, MCC, was raving about Marcus Buckingham’s latest book Go Put Your Strengths To Work. Next to this book was Strengths Finder 2.0. I bought both. Like many people, I’ve put A LOT of attention on my areas for improvement, and glossed over the strengths. Wouldn’t it be egocentric to focus on your strengths? As silly as it sounds, it didn’t seem obvious to me what my “strengths” were. Thank goodness for Strengths Finder 2.0. Seriously.
At the back of Strengths Finder 2.0 is a code, allowing you to take an assessment online. There are 34 strength categories, they call “themes.” The test reveals your top five themes. It turns out my top five strength categories are:
1) Connectedness. Hopefully, you feel my authentic “warm and fuzzies” beaming at you through this email. Those with “connectedness” as a strength have faith in the links between all things. We believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
2) Input. This means I like to take in and archive LOTS of information and input. That fits. I love gathering mass amounts of information to empower and enlighten. I love hearing about people’s lives. And, ask my husband, I love “talky-talk” time.
3) Futuristic. As much as I teach “living in the present,” I am inspired by the future, and love to inspire others with their visions of the future.
4) Relator. Hmmm. This one fit too. Those with the Relator theme enjoy close relationships, and find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends (or clients) to achieve a goal.
5) Ideation. I never recognized myself as a big idea person, although it’s true…I’m fascinated by ideas. (Look at me go on strengths!). Our strength is finding connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
I’ve found, focusing on strengths allows me to own them on a deeper level. Life feels easier. I feel even more
authentic. It’s certainly one of the key elements, which has boosted my happiness factor. Funny how we can resist our strengths. I’m also recognizing and owning other strengths (why own just five?). One of my passions is promoting information and people I believe empower and enlighten. So, unabashedly, if you cannot confidently name your top five strengths, invest $11.97 in Strengths Finder 2.0 and go take the online assessment.