My power statement

August 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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Another exercise from Strengths Finder 2.0 (I swear it’s not my Bible). Here’s my power statement, created from my unique blend of strengths.

I select the right combination of words to convey my ideas or feelings. I am innovative, inventive, original, and resourceful. I entertain ideas about the best ways to reach a goal, increase productivity, or solve a problem. I can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. I bring an added dimension to discussions. I designate a minimum of five hours a week for solitary thinking. Instinctively, I rely on my passion for reading to help me launch conversations. Engaging in small talk or casual chitchat is likely to be difficult for me. I can step into the lives of a novel’s characters or the plight of a news story’s victims. I am drawn to the subtle and emotional meanings of words. Many times, a tear slips down my cheek as I feel another’s betrayal, sorrow, loss or despair. I escape the tension, pressure, or stress of everyday life by reading a good book, diving into a publication’s articles, or pulling up information on the Internet. Certain people turn to me for guidance. I thirst for specific types of information. I am able to pinpoint areas where I need to upgrade certain things, and in the process, I generate a few ideas or devise several techniques to do something I already do well even better. I thirst for new ideas and knowledge. I dive into my reading with abandon, poring over the thoughts contained in its pages for long stretches of time. I want to absorb as much information as I can. I naturally sense when a person can benefit from my support, kind words, or thoughtful deeds. I have an ability to lift certain people’s sagging spirits by what I do or say. I greatly prefer to spend time with people who respect and approve of my talents. I have a special gift for helping people realize that I truly value them and hold them in high regard. I characteristically initiate conversations with timid individuals who struggle to express their thoughts or feelings. Many individuals conclude I am caring and kind. I discover what makes each person special. I am especially sensitive to how one person’s optimistic or negative thoughts can affect the entire human family. I pay close attention to what individuals and groups think and do. I underscore what people have in common even though their backgrounds, experiences, languages, cultures, or interests vary greatly. I facilitate dialogue between individuals. I create peace within groups and between people by linking them to one another. I resist the notion that life is nothing more than a game of chance.

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