Walking the Tan Track Melbourne early one morning with my sister Anne, deep in our conversation, I suddenly understood my need for learning new things.
I love learning and am always spending money on training, courses and coaching. Sometimes caught in the sales hype, I’ve spent money that I later regretted. And I judged myself for this.
But now, I understand this need within me. I completed the Clifton Strengths assessment, and Learning, Intellection and Input are three of my top 6 strengths.
Ahh, I get it now. I learn for the joy of learning, not necessarily for what it will give me. The shame I felt arose because there’s been training that I hadn’t fully acted upon – I could view it as a waste of money. But then I understood that I input information in my mind and can retrieve it quickly, which becomes an intellectual and intuitive resource when working with my clients.
Speaking about it with Anne allowed me to connect the dots. I felt validated, and I let go of the judgement and shame that I was carrying. I saw my strengths and was awed by the result of the assessment. It explained so much.
According to my trainer, of more than 25 million assessments, no two are the same! I am unique! And, I am not alone!
In some ways, it shouldn’t surprise me after all; we have unique fingerprints, personalities, experiences, perceptions; our children are all different, our pets have their quirks and personalities. Not even two snowflakes are alike.
Can you take that in?
Why am I telling you this?
So that you can be mind blown knowing that you too are your unique self. To embrace it, explore that idea more deeply and stop fitting in with the masses and valuing mediocrity.
I am my own unique self – special, creative, and wonderful. We ALL are.
Numerous tools help you understand who you are, how you show up, how others perceive you, and why you do what you do.
Here are just a few examples that I have experienced in the interest in knowing myself more deeply:
- DISC Profile
- The Clifton Strengths
- The 6 Human Needs
- Myer Briggs Personality Test
- Astrology – Gemini
- Numerology – 9
- Human Design
“You Are Unique. You Are Powerful. Be Confident With Who You Are”
Understanding your strengths unlocks your potential and leads you to greater performance. – Clifton Strengths
Why is it helpful to self-reflect and understand yourself better?
Self-reflection has provided me with more tools, insights, validation, and self-acceptance of who I am and how I show up in the world. This understanding gives me tremendous courage to be me. I can be understanding and enjoy these aspects of myself rather than comparing and judging. I am focusing on my strengths rather than looking only at my flaws.
I am unique in the universe. My Creator made me with a particular intention in mind. I am special, creative, and wonderful. Remembering these ideas helps me strive to reach my full potential.
Of all the people in the world, I am the only one that is exactly like me. My unique qualities and talents are gifts, and it is up to me to develop them to share with others and better the world around me.
I find my creative abilities increasing each day. I can find out-of-the-box solutions to any challenge. Being creative fills me with a sense of pride and wonder.
It can be challenging to be different from others. But I appreciate and embrace my uniqueness. My value to the world is directly related to my ability to demonstrate that I am one of a kind.
It seems to me that fitting in makes me average, and ordinary people rarely do extraordinary things. Another reason I am happy is that I am different.
Each day, I become more confident that I am special. I have the strength to let the world see my true self. I am proud of who I am.
Today, I am willing to embrace my uniqueness and that of others as well. Each one of us, including me, is special, creative, and wonderful. It is up to me to show everyone how special I am.
And it’s up to you too.
Ponder these Self-Reflection Questions
- What are some of my unique qualities that the average person doesn’t have?
- How can I use my special talents to increase my confidence?
- How can I capitalize on those qualities that make me unique?
Embracing your uniqueness is related to your self-worth. The higher your self-worth is, the more willing you are to receive payment for your value (think income, compliments, respects, gifts, ease, pleasure, and joy) and share your gifts with the world.
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