Ever wonder why some things in life come natural to you while you seem to struggle with other aspects? It all has to do with where your strengths lie. I have always been fascinated how people’s personalities work. We are all unique & different. God made each and every one of us for a purpose. As I get older (and wiser, right?), I realize the importance of truly wanting to live out those strengths to my fullest capacity each and every day.

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she took the CliftonStrengths assessment to understand her particular strengths. The last formal personality test I had taken was in college – the Myer-Briggs. So I decided to take the assessment and here’s what my top five personality themes are:

Connectedness | Maximizer | Belief | Communication | Empathy

These categories & their descriptions are really no surprise to me. And the timing was good to assess my strengths and see how I can apply it in this business venture – as well as other aspects of my life.  If you have taken the test before, it might be good timing to pull out the info and see how it applies to where you are at in your life right now. You might notice something different than the first time you took the assessment.

A few quotes from the book that are worth sharing:

  • Studies indicate that people who have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.
  • From cradle to cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths.
  • Gallup’s research has shown how a strengths-based approach improves your confidence, direction, hope and kindness toward others.
  • Although people certainly do change over time and our personalities adapt, scientists have discovered that core personality traits are relatively stable throughout adulthood, as are our passions & interests.

Isn’t that so interesting? Think about how you can apply that to yourself personally, but also to a team you may be working on. It might make sense to have you & your employees take the assessment to determine how you can use each other strengths to work together and build a strong team. And it might help you understand the shortcomings of your team and what types of strengths might be advantageous to hire as you build your team. The assessment walks through an in-depth look into each personality theme, but also provides tips for working with a particular personality theme.

Want to know what strengths you possess? Learn more about CliftonStrengths here. I hope you take the time to invest in understanding your uniqueness. Then make sure what you are applying it in what you do on a daily basis. Life is just too short to not be living up to your full potential – and connecting to a purpose higher than ourselves.

 

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