Understanding your strengths can lead you to greater self-awareness and confidence.

We are all born with strengths and talents and all of us will cultivate some and leave others dormant in the fields waiting for the right time to emerge and be seen.

The greatest of our strengths is our vulnerability. Our willingness to be authentically who we are, baring our souls and relinquishing our need for approval becomes courage and turns its hand to demonstrating to others the look of freedom and self-acceptance.

As we are reminded by Gupta Deva, “Embrace your vulnerability. Therein lies great strength.”

We are connected by our vulnerability and within that lies the threads of connection through great courage and strength.

Embrace your vulnerability. Therein lies great strength.Gupta Deva
Clifton Strengths Finder, through the Gallup organization, is the place to go to find out more about your strengths and talents.

Within this is the possibility of learning more and coaching others as they explore their own strengths and talents.

I have been exploring my strengths and talents and share the first seven with you here. The blog is where I share each of these combined with another one of the remaining twenty-seven (there are thirty-four in all). In this way, I explore the connections and pique my awareness and recognition.

Within this, I lay myself bare and exhort you to discover for yourself in what way you can use your strengths and talents in a creative and resourceful way.

Let’s get started with my top seven: Strategic. Maximizer. Futuristic. Ideation. Connectedness. Intellection. Positivity.

My Top Seven

Strategic: *People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues. Primary Impact: *You can see all possibilities and then find the best option to try.

Maximizer: *People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb. Primary Impact: *You notice strengths and are committed to excellence and quality outcomes; you transform good into great.

Futuristic: *People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future. Primary Impact: *You can clearly envision and inspirationally describe a picture of a better tomorrow.

Ideation: *People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. Primary Impact: *You have a creative mind that breeds innovation, and you are willing to embrace risk.

Connectedness: *People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning. Primary Impact: *You have a universal, holistic perspective that can help integrate and build bridges between different groups.

Intellection: *People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. Primary Impact: *You are a solitary thinker; your thoughtful contemplation can deepen wisdom and understanding.

Positivity: *People exceptionally talented in the Positivity theme have contagious enthusiasm. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do. Primary Impact: *You are optimistic and enthusiastic; you stimulate energy and hope and lift others’ spirits.

Of course, these are only my top seven. If you’d like to know about what you can do to find out your strengths and talents, just visit the Clifton Strengths Finder and take the assessment.

I am not an affiliate of Gallup or Clifton.

*Statements taken from the Gallup Theme Dynamics Website.