Put Your Strengths to Work

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Knowing your strengths and working from them, rather than strengthening your weaknesses.

An awesome book about discovering and implementing your strengths is titled  Go, Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham. His book includes the Strengthsfinder Test (an online test that requires a code from his book) to determine your top five strengths.

There are four strength domains:

  1. Relating Themes (working with people)
  2. Impacting Themes (influencing people)
  3. Thinking Themes (working smarter)
  4. Striving Themes (Working harder

My Top Five Strengths:

My top five strengths are "thinking themes" (working smarter) and a "striving theme" (working harder).

1. Ideation: fascinated by ideas 2. Input: inquisitive 3. Intellection: like to think 4. Achiever: drive and constant need for achievement 5. Learner: love to learn

My strength is in working with groups (SiStars!) online! I enjoy leading and bringing women together and I love sharing ideas with others who value those ideas. I love the energy and power of a group.

Groups I have loved:

* School (Queen's University and St. Lawrence College esp.) * Camp * Orchestras/bands * Writer's Cafe (I founded this group a few years ago) * Sawdust Festival (an art festival in Laguna Beach I was in for eight years) * My Creative Soul Circle (my online Soul SiStars!)

What has made me strong: Knowing what it feels like to be on the outside of a group and wanting instead to create a group for others who know what it feels like not to fit in. I also have a desire to be loved for who I am.

Having both parents as teachers, I saw the ins and outs, pluses and minuses of working within the traditional school system and realized that if I wanted to fit into a group, that I needed to create my own ~ the story of my life; making my own way, but with devoted friends. We go where the juice is! I've also journalled, dreamed and drawn forever, so now it's time to SHARE!

What are your top five strengths and how are you applying them to bring forth your brilliance and truly shine?