I got to thinking how my strengths might affect the way I want to celebrate, and how folks with other strengths may celebrate theirs. We've already considered how the strengths may do Disney World® and choose a baby name. In this post, we wonder what they might do on their special day.
By "34 strengths," we're referring to the 34 CliftonStrengths® of talent. Being aware of your talents, growing them into strengths, and aiming them toward your goals is a key to success in life and work.
Learn about growth practices for the 34 talent themes.
Here's how the 34 strengths may celebrate their birthday:
Achiever®: You go to work on your birthday
Activator®: You invite friends to your party before you have a time and location
Adaptability®: You wake up and then decide how to celebrate
Analytical®: You ponder all the ways the last year has made you better and worse
Arranger®: You plan out your day to include visits with your favorite people and stops at your favorite hangouts
Belief®: You ask for donations to your favorite causes rather than gifts for yourself
Command®: You ask the gift giver for the receipt because you don’t want the gift they gave you
Communication®: You toast your friends at your party with meaningful words
Competition®: You play board games, video games or go bowling
Connectedness®: You think back on the last year and feel grateful at how the hard times helped you grow
Consistency®: You don’t want any special treatment
Context®: You pull out picture albums from days past
Deliberative®: You spend a very long time deciding how to celebrate your birthday, including what could go wrong
Developer®: You let your kids decide how to celebrate your birthday
Discipline®: You do what you always do on your birthday
Empathy®: You cancel your plans to help your friend who’s having a bad day
Focus®: You go on the dream trip that you have prioritized and saved for
Futuristic®: You dream about the “future you”
Harmony®: You ask everyone what they want to do on your birthday
Ideation®: You create a list with lots of birthday options
Includer®: You invite friends, family, acquaintances, and people you just met to your party
Individualization®: You treasure gifts that are uniquely just for you, no matter how inexpensive they are
Input®: You ask for pieces to add to your collection—the more the better
Intellection®: You watch a movie or attend a lecture, and then discuss with friends
Learner®: You decide which new skills you’ll learn in the next year
Maximizer®: You plan your day, then make it better, then plan your day, then make it better
Positivity®: You’re so happy that you get accused of inhaling helium but actually haven’t
Relator®: You get together with the same small group of friends with whom you always celebrate each other’s birthdays
Responsibility®: You ask for gift cards so you can choose your own gifts
Restorative™: You make a wish to fix the world’s problems
Self-Assurance®: You go skydiving, swimming with sharks, and/or skinny dipping
Significance®: You write a note to someone who has made an impact on you
Strategic®: You get to the restaurant and find they’ve lost your reservation, then plan a quick alternative, which ends up being better than the first place
Woo®: You tell people in line at the store that it’s your birthday
What else would the strengths do on their birthday?
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