Command leads me to take charge. Unlike some people, I feel no discomfort with imposing my views on others. On the contrary, once my opinion is formed, I need to share it with others. Once my goal is set, I feel restless until I have aligned others with me. I am not frightened by confrontation; rather, I know that confrontation is the first step toward resolution. Whereas others may avoid facing up to life’s unpleasantness, I feel compelled to present the facts or the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be. I need things to be clear between people and challenge them to be clear-eyed and honest. I push them to take risks. People are drawn toward those who take a stance and ask them to move in a certain direction. Therefore, people will be drawn to me. I have presence. I have Command.
I love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, I can be energized by it. I enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. I may prefer practical problems or conceptual ones or personal ones depending on the context. I may seek out specific kinds of problems that I have met many times before and that I am confident I can fix. Or I may feel the greatest push when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. Again, it varies based on the context. My exact preferences is determined by my other themes and experiences. But what is certain is that I enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory. Intuitively, I know that without my intervention, this thing—this machine, this technique, this person, this company—might have ceased to function. I fixed it, resuscitated it, rekindled its vitality. Phrasing it the way I might, I saved it.
“When can we start? This is a recurring question in my life. I am eager for action. I may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down I know that only action is real. Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, I cannot not act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow me. If the decision has been made to go across town, I know that the fastest way to get there is to go stoplight to stoplight. I am not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green. Besides, in my view, action and thinking are not opposites. In fact, guided by my Activator theme, I believe that action is the best device for learning. I make a decision, I take action, I look at the result, and I learn. This learning informs my next action and my next. How can I grow if I have nothing to react to? Well, I believe you can’t. I must put myself out there. I must take the next step. It is the only way to keep my thinking fresh and informed. The bottom line is this: I know I will be judged not by what I say, not by what I think, but by what I get done. This does not frighten me. It pleases me.”
My Achiever theme helps explain my drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. I feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day I must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about myself. And by “every day” I mean every single day—workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much I may feel I deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, I will feel dissatisfied. I have an internal fire burning inside of me. It pushes me to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing me toward the next accomplishment. This drive brings me the energy I need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt I can always count on to get me started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes me to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for my work group. It is the theme that keeps me moving.
Self-Assurance is similar to self-confidence. In the deepest part of me, I have faith in my strengths. I know that I am able—able to take risks, able to meet new challenges, able to stake claims, and, most important, able to deliver. But Self-Assurance is more than just self-confidence. Blessed with the theme of Self-assurance, I have confidence not only in my abilities but in my judgment. When I look at the world, I know that my perspective is unique and distinct. And because no one sees exactly what I see, I know that no one can make my decisions for me. No one can tell me what to think. They can guide. They can suggest. But I alone have the authority to form conclusions, make decisions, and act. This authority, this final accountability for the living of my life, does not intimidate me. On the contrary, it feels natural to me. No matter what the situation, I seem to know what the right decision is. This theme lends me an aura of certainty. Unlike many, I am not easily swayed by someone else’s arguments, no matter how persuasive they may be. This Self-Assurance may be quiet or loud, depending on the situation, but it is solid. It is strong. Like the keel of a ship, it withstands many different pressures and keeps me on course.
Courtesy of Strength Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath