Strengths

For years I have been fascinated by the world of strengths. Your unique gift to the world is already alive inside of you. You have gifts, talents, and even strengths that make you amazing. God has gifted you in ways that only you can offer the world.

That’s a pretty amazing statement. I don’t know about you, but, I don’t want to miss out on what I am suppose to contribute to this world.

I have often wondered, “How can we help people live and work from how they are naturally, positively, and consistently wired?”

Having spent a week with others exploring our strengths and learning about “tools” to guide others toward identifying, claiming, and living from their signature themes, I’ve decided to explore some of the words behind my own strengths in an effort to help you. I’ve also accepted a 31 day writing challenge. The combination of these two things happening together makes sense.

Productive

One of the words that I claim describes me is productive. It is not unique in that it only applies to me. It is unique in that I go about being productive with my own flavor, passion, and way to get things done. It’s likely there is no one else in the world can do what I do the way I do it.

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Before you click away and think, “Sheesh. Give this woman a dose of humility,” allow me to explain that it is true for you, too.

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Your unique talents come together in unique ways. The same is true for me. Before that sounds arrogant or self-centered, please keep reading…closely.

Your talents are about claiming your unique gift to the world so you can be amazing…and the world will be more amazing, too. Here’s the great part: You already are amazing. You’re one of the unique pearls on this earth and your talents can be polished to shine in beautiful ways.

When you claim who you are, you offer your best to the world. When I claim who I am, I have the opportunity to offer my best to the world. When I understand who you are and who God created you to be, we have the unique opportunity to create something amazing together. Yes, I believe our friends, family, and co-workers want the best of us and deserve the best from us. One way to do that is through developing our strengths.

Here’s what strengths are not:

  • Strengths are not about you dictating the talents in someone else.
  • Strengths are not boxes to categorize people.
  • Strengths are not an excuse for bad habits, behaviors, or a neurosis. My friends at Gallup would call that living “in the basement.” The basement is an unfinished, unrefined, unwelcoming place (not your ultra-modern man cave with enough provisions for a decade).

There is a difference between talents and strengths:

  •  A talent can appear in high functioning or low functioning ways. A talent is a “naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied.”¹
  • It becomes a strength when you have “the ability to consistently produce a positive outcome through near-perfect performance in a specific task.”²
You use your talents to guide you toward your strengths.

How can you work from your talents to accomplish a your goals for today, this week, or this quarter?

Over the coming days and weeks, I’ll be writing about how I see my talents showing up in my daily life and how I am seeking to continue growing toward my strengths. It is my hope to help you claim your unique God-given gift to the world.

In the end, I want to help you be amazing. You and your corner of the world can do amazing things together.

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1. http://strengths.gallup.com/help/general/125543/difference-talent-strength.aspx
2. http://strengths.gallup.com/help/general/125540/strength.aspx