Top 5 Strengths

I did a 3 week series over on my social pages where I talked about my top 3 strengths.  Why are these important?  Well, let's just say that when you learn what your top strengths are it helps you to be aware of how your mind works. How you best learn.  How you best lead.  How you best show up.  My sweet friend got me the Strengths Based Leadership book from Gallup.  If you're not much into reading, then may I suggest you at least take the CliftonStrengths Finder to figure out what your strengths are and how they can best serve you.  Not only will this help you with your own mindset and skill set, but it will also help how you show up for others (if you're in a leadership role - of any sort).

My Top Five Strengths:

The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity.

Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement.  You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day—workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied.

Guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. This learning informs your next action and your next. How can you grow if you have nothing to react to? Well, you believe you can’t. You must put yourself out there. You must take the next step. It is the only way to keep your thinking fresh and informed.

As a Futuristic, the future fascinates you. As if it were projected on the wall, you see in detail what the future might hold, and this detailed picture keeps pulling you forward, into tomorrow. While the exact content of the picture will depend on your other strengths and interests—a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world—it will always be inspirational to you. You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you.

In your world of Discipline, it needs to be predictable. It needs to be ordered and planned. So you instinctively impose structure on your world. You set up routines. You focus on timelines and deadlines. You break long-term projects into a series of specific short-term plans, and you work through each plan diligently. You are not necessarily neat and clean, but you do need precision.

I'm of the belief that no matter what you do for a living knowing you strengths can help you tackle each day with a little more confidence.

Hope this helps inspire you in some small way. 

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