explore yourself

Consider how you would complete this statement:

I feel strong when ________________.

If you’re anything like me, you may have a hard time knowing what the end of that sentence is.

Most of us probably do not know ourselves half as well as we think do, nor half as well as we should.

Are you in tune with yourself? Do you know your strengths? Are you utilizing them?

This weekend I attended the SOMA conference through my home church in San Diego, Flood. Part of the pre-conference preparation included taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and a Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment.

I had done the Myers-Briggs assessment before, and am happy to report that I am still the same person (INFP, for those who are into that sort of thing). The strengths assessment, however, was new to me. I found it fascinating.

This particular assessment is based off a list of 34 strengths, or themes. When you take the assessment, each of the 34 is ranked, but you are only given your top 5. The odds of meeting someone with the same 5 strengths as you in the exact same order are ridiculously low. Less than the odds of having quintuplets, which is 1 in 47,458,321.


This isn’t about the Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment, although I would suggest taking it if you never have. This about how unique you are.

There is no one else like you.

We are all on a lifelong journey of self-discovery. Imagine how effective you could be if you understood your own strengths and behaviors, if you were aware of your natural talents.

There is no one else like you.

Explore yourself and learn what makes you you. Discover what makes you tick, what you’re passionate about.

Strive to be able to finish the sentence, “I feel strong when __________________.”

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About Stephanie Carbajal

Creative freelancer living, working, and playing in the Pacific Northwest.
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2 Responses to explore yourself

  1. ann says:

    Hi Stephanie!

    We are the exact same Myers-Briggs. I’m curious what your 5 strengths are. I took Strengths Finder 2 years ago when I started working at IPP and it’s been an incredible tool for professional and personal development. It also has been amazing for working on a small team.

    Great post :).

    • Hey Ann, my fellow INFP-er! MY top 5 strengths are empathy, input, individualization, responsibility, and intellection. The Strengths Finder report is really interesting to me, and I haven’t had a chance to really dive into it yet to look at each strength more in depth and figure out how I can build and utilize them. I’m excited to do so! It’s fun to learn about yourself. 🙂

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