A Few Ways to Discover Your Gifts

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If you know me, you know that one of my greatest passions is to help people discover their giftedness… their divine design. It’s part of the reason I felt called to leave my life of sports broadcasting and enter into ministry and eventually higher education. Because I have the opportunity to talk with a lot of university students and help them discover their giftedness, I’m often asked about the tools that help in the process. While there are dozens of great resources out there to help you discover your gifts, strengths and abilities, today, I wanted to highlight just three…

1. StrengthsFinder

This book and assessment will help you identify your top five strengths. The thing I love about StrengthsFinder is that it not only helps you identify and explain your gifts, it also gives you practical next steps. This resource will tell you what that specific gift may look like for you, how to use your gifts, and how to work with people who share that giftedness.

This is something I encourage every student to do.

2. DISC

While StrengthsFinder helps you identify your strengths, the DISC assessment will help you learn how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems. After taking the assessment, you’ll have a better understanding of what it takes to improve your productivity, teamwork, and communication.

The DISC assessment works really well from an organizational standpoint. Whether you’re a business or a campus organization, having your members take the DISC assessment will help you discover your giftedness when it comes to working with others.

3. Archetype

While this isn’t as extensive as the other two resources, the Archetype Assessment will help you identify your common patterns of behavior. It explains who you are and how you engage with the world around you. It’s a free online assessment that can help you discover your archetype personality.

Knowing your giftedness isn’t only beneficial for identifying your strengths and weaknesses. It helps you learn how to interact with people, combining your strengths with theirs to make a greater impact. It’s about learning how you operate so you aren’t stuck when you can’t seem to break through.

These are just three of the ways you can identify your strengths and how you relate with others. Who knows… I might make this an ongoing series on how to discover your giftedness: your divine design!

What are some of your favorite assessments for discovering your giftedness? Have you used these three? If so, what were your results?