What’s your individual strength?
I have a co-worker who can meet someone and 10 minutes later know their life’s story. Heck, she even bonded with a woman who rear-ended her in traffic the other day. I admire this skill and strive to cultivate it in my own life, but it certainly doesn’t come naturally. And guess what? That’s OK. If there’s one thing that living with multiple sclerosis has taught me it’s that everyone has distinct strengths, so our victories come in all shapes and sizes.
My teammates and I recently took the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 test to discover the talents, passions, and working styles of everyone in the office. The goal was to help everyone take an honest look at themselves and to function with one another more harmoniously. The test takes about 20 minutes and asks you tons of different questions — some standard, some rather off-the-wall. And, through some mathematical hoodoo I don’t understand, it uses your answers to rank you according to 34 different strengths. I wasn’t shocked to learn my magical, amazing co-worker has connectedness and relator in her top five. Sad to say, I have neither.
My top five are: Learner, Achiever, Input, Positivity, and Developer. You can read the link above if you’d like specifics, but here’s the short version: I like to take in new information and get things accomplished. I’m optimistic by nature, and I see and develop the potential in others. Keeping myself engaged, challenging myself to learn a new skill, and pouring myself into others are all ways I stay mentally healthy. When I get away from doing those things, my overall wellness suffers. Knowing this has helped me be much more intentional about what activities I say yes to, and which ones I turn down.
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