My Discipline is Near Rock Bottom, but as an Achiever, I Can’t Get Lower
Yes, you heard it right—on the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment, my talents of discipline and achiever come in at 32 and 34 respectively out of a field of 34.
How do I get anything done? Seriously.
In a culture that lionizes achievement and discipline as the path to success, it must seem pretty hopeless to not have these in my wheelhouse.
Those words are also so woven into success language—that you have to have discipline to succeed. That focusing on achievement is important if you want to get noticed and advance in the world.
In the past, I struggled to develop habits of discipline.
I kept running lists of things to do and tried to work with complicated schedules. And while I could maintain them for short periods of time, I usually ended up exhausted emotionally and mentally because it just sucked the life out of me.
Now, for people who have discipline and achiever as talents the result is the opposite. Both of those talents are energizing and take emotional/mental load off their plate. Those talents work to make life easier for the people who are strong in them.
Have you ever tried to do something that seems to work for everyone else but found yourself struggling? That’s what it’s like to work outside your natural talents.
I am lower than low in both discipline and achievement yet, I have a list of significant achievements as long as my arm. I also seem to get a lot done.
How is this possible without Discipline and Achiever?
I do it by leveraging my real strengths.
Let’s take a step back.
In the context of the Strengths Finder assessment, talents represent patterns of thoughts, feelings, and actions as they are applied in certain circumstances
A strength is a developed talent with the result of nearly perfect performance when applied.
In order for a talent to become a strength, the talent must be developed and focused.
Someone might have a talent for Achievement and still not have anything to show for it because of how they choose to use their talent—for example, spending all their time menial tasks and not setting any goals.
But, someone who understands their talents and develops them, can achieve their objective by applying their strengths to it.
When I was in college, I managed to achieve honors in my major and was also valedictorian of my class. Because I was so grateful to my Mother for sending me to college, I felt an enormous responsibility to show her I took her gift seriously.
I was guided by strong emotions, especially emotions surrounding the fact that I would be the first person in my family to graduate from college. Also, as a student, I had a unique approach to sharing my work that got the attention of my professors.
Everything I did in college that led to my success, leveraged my strengths of Responsibility, Relator, and Ideation. While those are still powerful, I have a full palette of dominant strengths that support me in my work, my creative life, and my relationships.
If you knew you had a secret stash of powers that could change everything, wouldn’t you want to know what they are?
Wouldn’t you want to make the most of them and stop struggling?
Today, I’m launching my Gallup Strengths Finder coaching program. I want everyone to experience their own genius and power by claiming and developing their strengths.
Interested? Then learn more at http://sashamobley.com/strengths