Wanna know a bit more about me? I recently took the Gallup Strengths Finder 2.0 online test. I thought I would share what I discovered.
I really didn’t find my results surprising. However, it is really helpful to know your strengths so you can focus your efforts on what you’re good at doing.
Here are my top 5 strengths:
“People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.”
I am definitely a life-long learner. My husband often gets frustrated because I’m always wanting to go, try, and learn new things instead of keep going with what I know. It’s just in my nature to learn, and I have an intense deep desire to do so. Bring on the self-help books!
“People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.”
I think this goes right along with being a learner. And yes, I do store away little tidbits of info – like the names of the different kinds of columns in the Greek era. Haha!! Or that the area of your entire digestive system is the size of a tennis court.
“People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.”
Me being an empath is super great for my clients! I am compassionate, understanding, a great listener, and can guide you where you want to go. On the other hand, being an empath is challenging for my personal self. I often take on the feelings of others as if they were my own, large groups of people overwhelm me, and I cry at Folgers Coffee commercials. Haha!
“People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.”
I definitely believe in divine intervention, and that God puts people in certain places at certain times. My faith is strong and I use it to guide me daily. I also believe the best about everybody.
“People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.”
Earlier in my life I would’ve called this part of myself perfectionism (my friends called it over-achiever). While I’ve had much counseling on being a perfectionist, I feel like that part of me has dwindled away almost completely (not totally though! Ha!). If I have an assignment or a task that needs accomplished you can bet your little tush it’s going to get finished.
So, why learn about your strengths?
Learning about your strengths can give you an idea of where to focus your talents. If you’re a construction worker, then you’re not going to focus your time on trying to be the best cake maker out there. It’s not relevant to what you’re trying to accomplish. In the same way, we have the opportunity to focus on our strengths as related to our goals and possibly outsource the other tasks to someone else.
Yes, perhaps a construction worker needs a cake for a daughter’s birthday. But, there are a ton of places that bake amazing cakes. And if the construction worker doesn’t have time to bake a cake, then outsourcing that task to someone who’s talents include baking cakes could be a time-saving, energy-saving, stress-reducing choice.
Same with us. If it’s not in our bag of tricks, it drains us, or we don’t have the time (Let’s face it, we could all use more time, right?!?!) then perhaps outsourcing parts of what we need to do would not only benefit us, it also allows others to share their amazing strengths with us.
What is something in your life you could use a little help with?