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How the 34 Strengths Celebrate Their Birthday

Oct 20, 2019, 2:00:00 PM / by Chris Heinz

It's my birthday, so 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.

Here's how the 34 strengths may celebrate their birthday:

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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

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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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Topics: Strengths

Chris Heinz

Written by Chris Heinz

I help people know themselves so they can be better. I'm a trainer and coach around strengths, the Enneagram, and employee engagement. As the Chief People Officer for EnergyCAP, Inc., I'm also a top-rated Learning Partner for Penn State. I hold coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation, and in the Enneagram. My writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." I'm also the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. I live with my wife and three children in central PA and blog from www.ChrisHeinz.com.