Ever since I’ve entered motherhood I seem to be on a quest “to discover” myself. Maybe it is because being a stay at home mom there seems to be more time for thinking and reflection- in between the deep and stimulating conversations that 2 years old can carry!!! (that was sarcastic in case you didn’t pick up on that!) Thinking can be dangerous because when you’re mind wanders…they can go to scary places!!! I am constantly analyzing myself and trying to be better at whatever is in front of me at the moment. It is so easy to focus on the weaknesses and what we need to work on instead of our strengths and what we’re good at- which is why I love the “strengths” mentality. Ever since I heard Marcus Buckingham speak about it at Catalyst 06 (& the Leadership Summit in 07), I’ve really tried to focus on this. Of course it’s a little difficult if you don’t know what your strengths are…I guess that’s a first step.
So, here are mine. Not surprising at all.

Strengths Finder 2.0

  • Relator- “People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.”
  • Learner- “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.”
  • Input- “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.”
  • Belief- “People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.”
  • Responsibility- “People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.”

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