Activator®

Adjectives that describe you include: ambitious, energetic, goal-oriented, hardworking, motivated, and self-disciplined.

The Way I See It
Going Deeper  

Activator®

“When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action. You may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down you know that only action is real. Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow you. If the decision has been made to go across town, you know that the fastest way to get there is to go stoplight to stoplight. You are not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green. Besides, in your view, action and thinking are not opposites. In fact, guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. This learning informs your next action and your next. How can you grow if you have nothing to react to? Well, you believe you can’t. You must put yourself out there. You must take the next step. It is the only way to keep your thinking fresh and informed. The bottom line is this: You know you will be judged not by what you say, not by what you think, but by what you get done. This does not frighten you. It pleases you.

On the Shadow Side

God created Strengths. The devil can tempt you by the overuse or over-reliance on your strength. This is the shadow side of strengths. With this you may face some risks or temptations. Examples:

  • Your bias for action skips necessary analysis and discussion
  • You don’t properly value other people (and their processes)
  • You have a hard time being present and aren’t a great listener
  • You jump without looking—and don’t always land on your feet.
  • You do things too quickly, without thinking it all the way through.
  • You don’t do things thoroughly, because you’re distracted and ready to move on to the next thing

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