What is it about ourselves that we want to so quickly move away from what we do best and the traits we are naturally wired to do well – and instead focus on what needs the most improvement? One explanation may be our natural curiosity for what we don’t know. Even as kids, we were constantly looking and asking for the toys we didn’t have. Or we wondered what was hidden behind the door. What we couldn't see was intriguing and we didn’t want to miss out on anything.
As a part of our strengths-based Leadership Development training, ImpactLives helps participants know and understand their “Top 5.” These “Top 5” are one’s top five themes as determined after taking an on-line assessment administered by Gallup Strengths Center. In reality, we each have all 34 themes – and for a larger fee, one can take the assessment and get all 34 themes in rank order. If we were just able to see the full list, would our curiosity be satisfied and then we could settle in to just concentrate on our Top 5?
At ImpactLives we adhere to the positive psychology foundation and encourage people to just get their Top 5 themes and to not worry about number 6 through 34. Despite our explanations and rationale, invariably the comments arise…”I just want to know my number 6 through 10,” or “I want to take the assessment again and get my bottom 5.”
Are we such a product of our “work-on-our-negatives” culture that we can’t simply focus on what we do well? My recommendation for you is to give it a shot! It’s very rewarding, and life moves forward with a bit more ease. For me, I still have plenty of challenge left to figure out how to use my Top 5 (Connectedness, Responsibility, Relator, Learner and Input) for the good of ourselves, friends, family members, workmates and ImpactLives’ participants. It’s a rewarding journey!