KEEP IT SIMPLE – There is no need to hustle, and we don’t need to follow everything that the “gurus” say we should.
GO YOUR OWN WAY – You’ll often hear me saying that your intuition (the Spirit within you) is your best GPS system. Don’t worry about what all the big-dogs say you have to do in order to be successful. Define “success” for yourself — on your own terms — and then do what feels right for you!
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE – With a bit of belief, and genuine effort, anything is possible! Dream big!
STAY CURIOUS – Always be asking yourself how you can improve. Journal, and read a lot. Then take action on what you’ve learned (this is key!) Don’t worry if you need to pivot — even multiple times! Just use those pivots to collect the various “puzzle pieces” you’ll need to continue on your journey!
PURPOSE-DRIVEN – When you know yourself deeply, and you’ve done the work to understand who needs the help that you’re uniquely positioned to provide, you’ll be able to do meaningful work that fulfills you, and that aligns with your values. Remember, though, that it’s not about you — it’s about those you serve!
GIVE YOURSELF GRACE – There will be many hurdles along the journey, and you might feel like giving up. This is normal. Remember that it’s a long-game, and the challenges are there to show you how badly you want it. Believe that you’ll get there, eventually, so long as you just keep putting one foot in front of the other. (And seek out help when you’re truly stuck! You’re never alone!)
From StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath, my top 5 strengths are:
LEARNER – People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve… This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that they seek to become the subject-matter expert or that they are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”
INPUT – People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts, or even relationships. Whatever they collect, they collect it because it interests them. And theirs is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity.
DEVELOPER – People exceptionally talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from evidence of growth… In their view, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. When they interact with others, their goal is to help them experience success.
INDIVIDUALIZATION – People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively… They instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. They hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. Because they are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, they can draw out the best in each person.
INTELLECTION – People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. They like to think. They are the kind of person who enjoys their time alone because it is their time for musing and reflection.