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7 Things That Drive Your Core Strengths

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7 Things That Drive Your Core Strengths
At your core, there exists a unique set of abilities. We refer to them as These are not difficult to discover. There are many "strength finder" type assessments that are more than capable of pointing these abilities out. Related: Answer 3 Questions to Identify Your Strengths What usually goes unnoticed are the multiple enablers that surround our lives and enhance our abilities.

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Your character is unique

Your character is unique

What is it that marks your character for those who know you the best? How can you be intentional in creating it and building on it? Write down two.

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Your experiences are unique

The total of your experiences has left an indelible mark. You can’t deny them, make them up, nor change them. They are yours.  They are to be embraced. 

What are the two experiences that were points of demarcation for you?

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Your advantages are unique

There are things in life that have given you a competitive advantage. Do you know what they are? 

No two people’s advantages are the same, so rule out comparison or self-pity. Ignorance will underplay them. An acknowledgment will leverage them. Can you name and claim two of yours?

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Your obstacles are unique

Your obstacles have been significant in making you who you are today. Your greatness lies outside your circle of comfort. What are the two obstacles that stand out?

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Your resources are unique

There are external resources—money, influential friends, community, technology, etc. And there are internal resources—motivation, resilience, time, commitment, etc. 

They might be different from others, but for you, their value is just as high. What are four of yours?

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Your value is unique

The value you bring is multiplied in its benefit. Since they are a part of who you are, the recipient gains more than you give. It’s exponential for them and therefore a great investment of your efforts. 

Can you describe four of your points of unique value? 

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Your markets are unique

You are capable of running in many venues, but what is that niche where your effectiveness peaks? Some call this your tribe—that place where you exert the greatest influence.

What are three of those markets, those niches that are a great fit?

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  4. Highlight the central theme of each value group. 
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... are there to guide behavior and choice. 

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  1. Think through and describe the following in detail: What have been your 3 greatest accomplishments and 3 greatest moments of efficiency and what are any common themes that you can identify?
  2. Think through and describe the following in detailWhat have been your 3 greatest failures and 3 greatest moments of inefficiency and the common themes that you can identify?
  3. Identify 3-4 brief sentences of advice you would give to yourself based upon these commonalities.
  4. Try and reduce them to a few words. 
  5. Test the value. Think of a situation where following your core value hurts you rather than helps you.