Michael and I talk a lot about the DISC personality profile (affiliate link). We do this because it changed our lives and our marriage, so we can’t help but talk about it!
Next on my list is to take the StrengthFinder 2.0 test (affiliate link). Michael has already done this. I am next. The test simply brings clarity on what your true strengths are so you can focus on pursuing them.
Knowing your strengths brings clarity and a much needed filter for life’s many decisions. Work, volunteer positions, even family roles can all be filtered through strengths.
Knowing my strengths enables me to move forward in my areas of strength rather than ending up in positions that would be best suited for someone else. “What,?!” “No, I have never done that, and I have no idea what you are talking about!”
Ok, so, yes. We have all been in those situations. Wouldn’t be wonderful to avoid them in the future? Knowing your strengths and personality type is a major key in doing this.
Here is one instance from my life. Had I known my strengths I am confident it would have greatly altered the situation.
A few years ago I lived on and managed a horse farm. I was in charge of seeing to the needs of 30 high-end eventing horses and their owners. I basically lived and breathed horses for 2 years.
I was in charge of every aspect of their care. I blanketed them in the winter, I cleaned their stalls, I walked them to and from their fields every day. I nursed their wounds, gave them medicine when sick, and measured out daily portions of food for each and every one.
Rain, snow, sleet, and hail, it was me and the horses.
For some, this would seem exhausting. For me, I loved it! Well, I loved half of it.
I loved taking care of the horses. That was it.
I did not enjoy managing the people. There is a huge difference between managing horses and managing people.
I labored over decisions, dreaded confrontations, and cried when I was questioned or felt misunderstood.
Since leaving the position I have grown in my leadership abilities and would do many things different if I was there now. The difference is, however, I wouldn’t put myself in that same position now because I know more about my personality and strengths.
Life teaches us lessons and the important part is to learn from them. No regrets, no wishing you had done it differently. Learn and move on, wiser.
So, my next step on this life journey is to fully clarify exactly what my strengths are so I can continue move forward in life with effectiveness and confidence.
Question: Have you taken the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test or the DISC personality profile?