Recognizing what is the best in us and nurturing those instinctual qualities by refining them is the fastest way to expedite our success. So many times we downplay our signature strengths. We go through life not fully utilizing them to the extent that we could. What makes us extraordinary just goes untapped as we engage in our lesser skills and abilities. Acknowledging the essence of our innate capabilities is essential to bringing us into the foreground professionally. When we operate on a level that is not instinctual we are not living up to our full potential. We cannot possibly be as motivated as we could be if we were true to our natural given talents.
When we come from an exhilarating place deep inside of us we are energized and whatever we do feels as if it takes little or no effort to accomplish and the rewards are nothing short of spectacular. In contrast, when we are forced to perform a task and our heart is not in it, we experience a sinking feeling that drags us down. Doing what we love captures the full character of our emotions and draws from us all kinds of pleasant sensations.
To find our strongest strengths we must be very aware of ourselves and the things that matter most to us and make us feel a sense of ourselves as we act in accordance. Generally, our gift is the one thing that is the easiest for us to do. We do it so well that we are never ridiculed for it. In fact, by contrast, it’s just the opposite, everyone raves about the way we perform the particular activity. It’s self-confirming because whenever we do it, we feel a sense of inner-satisfaction unrivaled by any other pursuit.
Many times, this talent just shows up without any accumulated experience which is why it is often referred to as our gift. It is so simple, that we make excuses to disown it, giving it little credence and treating it as if it was of no importance and we need not bother to further develop it. Unfortunately, what is most distinctive is what we tend to under appreciate about ourselves, but it is our gift that accounts for our power and to not take it into consideration and embellish on it is foolish because it always has an impressive effect, affording us special status. It is our music and it is what was given to us to put out into the world. It does not come from us, but through us and, it is not ours to keep. It is for us to use to improve the lives of others and to improve the evolution of the human condition. Not surprisingly, as it turns out, when we understand this, our life takes on a greater meaning.
To gain a better sense of you try to identify with one or two of the categories listed below excerpted from a Portion of the “Chemistry Test “ – developed by Rutgers University anthropologist, Helen Fisher
The Explorer –
You enjoy risk-taking and novelty seeking. You are creative, irreverent and restless.
The Builder –
You are calm, sociable, popular, conscientious, dutiful, loyal, persistent, conventional, traditional and good at management.
The Negotiator –
You are imaginative, intuitive, holistic, nurturing, compassionate and verbal. You generally see the big picture and good people skills.
The Director –
You excel at math and have mechanical and design skills. You are direct, decisive, musical, logical, analytical and not especially emotionally expressive.
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