Know Thy Strength – #strengthsfinder

So… as most of you know, I am currently a worship intern at Substance Church. And, for those of you familiar with the Substance culture, you know that we’re crazy about helping people discover ‘who they are.’

Do you know who you are?

I grew up in a Christian home, under a father who was very entrepreneurial.  I grew up in an atmosphere that provoked me to discover who I was – as a person, a Christian, a man.  From an early age, I was always curious to learn about myself… which sounds rather ridiculous when you think about it… shouldn’t I know who I am?  That’s the point.

You are probably the last person who understands you

Do you know what I mean by that?  Are you tracking me?

First, let’s get something out of the way.  I am going to assume: You understand the importance of self discovery – of knowing who you are.

Good.  Having said that, I want to stress the importance of discovering who you are – who you are as a person… who you are as a Christian… who you are as a man or woman.

The more you know about yourself, the more you’ll know about your future.

Now, Discover Your Strengths

There are tools that can help you discover who you are.  One of those tools is a test called Strengths Finder 2.0.  This test, developed by the Gallop group, is (probably obviously) all about helping you discover where your strengths are.  I won’t go into too many details, but here are a few pointers about how the test was developed:

  • The test is based on a 40 year study of human strengths.
  • They made a list of over 1000 unique ‘strengths’ or talents that people had.
  • They took that list and narrowed it down to a few hundred unique categories of strengths.
  • They took that list and narrowed it down – even further – to a list of the 34 most-common unique strengths.

In order to take the test, you have to buy the book.  There are two books out that include the test – Strengths Finder 2.0 and Strengths and Leadership.  The first book just covers the topics of the strengths, going into the details of each.  The second book takes it one step further and talks about how you can, as a leader, take advantage of your strengths, as well as learning to work more effectively with people when you know their strengths. (I recommend the second book.  For just a couple dollars more, you get a WEALTH of information).

Once you take the test, which is online, you are given the results of your top-five strengths.  Then you can find your strengths in the book and read about how they function in your life.  And, as I said before, the more you know about yourself, the easier your life will be.  I honestly believe it’s that simple.

Wanna know what my strengths are, and how I interpret them?  You’ll have to stay tuned… until next week!

What are your strengths?

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