If you are unfamiliar with StrengthsFinder, here’s a little ditty:
The Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talent in 34 categories called “themes.” These themes were determined by Gallup as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors.Focusing on naturally powerful talents helps people use them as the foundation of strengths and enjoy personal, academic, and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.
If you ever wanted to get to know me better, here is the prefect place to start. Below are my top five strengths.
People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. You anticipate the obstacles. You may strive to reach the high standards you establish for yourself. Because of your strengths, you are somewhat private about your personal life. Driven by your talents, you select your friends with great care.
People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Your world is best described by the order they create. Your tendency to straighten up things helps others know how much you value structure and order. Your need to eliminate clutter and chaos is amplified each time you designate a place for something. (Eliminate clutter? Hmm… sounds an awfully lot like my year long project of simplifying!) By nature, you naturally are drawn to start-up activities. (I’ve grown up with this as well. My parents helped start a church when I was in 5th grade and I was apart of a new swim club from it’s inception.)
People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. You take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. Waiting for someone else to issue orders or level judgments certainly is not your forte — that is, strength. (Haha, certainly! But I’ve learned to hide this well… I think.) Because of your strengths, you argue that hard work influences the course of your life more than anything else. Instinctively, you may ignore distractions to concentrate on your assignments.
People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. You are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty. People have confidence that you will see whatever you do through to the very end. By nature, you intentionally choose to work independently. You probably give mature consideration to each step of your plan before you launch projects or begin assignments.
People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often you like to collect and archive all kinds of information. It’s very likely that you read to stimulate your mind, to broaden your perspective, and to explore familiar as well as unfamiliar subjects. (I found this wording very interesting since I named the book club Broadened Horizons.)
This is just a snip-it description of each. I have pages of descriptions and LISTS of Action Steps for each of my strengths. I would highly recommend this to you! And I don’t recommend things very often.
It makes such great sense to focus on your strengths rather than spend much time or energy working on improving your weakness. Obviously, you can’t ignore some of your weaknesses.