Saturday, March 12, 2011

Strengths Finder 2.0, part 4

Okay, this is the last installment where I am sharing the results of taking Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. I have shared that my first three strengths are (1) Belief; (2) Learner; and (3) Achiever. Now to the last two:

Strength #4: Competition

This is the basic description of the person who has the Competition Strength:
"People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measures their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests."
Being competitive can be good and bad. Of course, it can be good because it can drive you to work hard at something. Because I hate to lose games or other things, I give myself to that task with everything I have to give. But on the other hand, being competitive can be bad as well. Listen to the description that is described of the person with the Competitive Strength.
"Driven by your talents, you feel in control of your final scores, outcomes, and overall performance when you first outline a detailed action plan. Timelines and deadlines probably are very important to you. Your attention to the little things tells people you are quite serious about being 'number one.' Chances are good that you act like a rival when you are pitted against others and only one person can be declared the very best at something. Your deep-seated desire to finish in first place probably drives many of your choices and explains much of your behavior. It's very likely that you feel rather dissatisfied with your life when you are deprived of opportunities to engage in a variety of rivalries, games, or contests."
I see so many character flaws in this statement. I really never desire to be that person who wants to crush every other person. While I try to separate games from life, I know at times this comes out in my life. I pray that God would allow me to use the positive aspects of this strength and not the negative.

Strength #5: Analytical

This is the basic description of the person who has the Analytical Strength.
"People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation."
This really did not surprise me as I am a very black and white person. There are reasons and causes and rights and wrongs. Here is what they go on to say about me as this type of person.
"It's very likely that you may be regarded by certain people as realistic or unsentimental. Perhaps there are times when you want to do a better job of expressing your own feelings or allowing others to voice some of theirs. When necessary, you might be the person who brings the conversation back to practical or factual matters.
Well, that's me. Like I said in the beginning, I am not much into personality tests. But I think this one did a fairly good job of representing who I am as a person. Now, I pray that I use these strengths to the glory of Jesus in all things!

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