Remember the deepest desire of the human heart is to belong … to be welcomed … to know you are seen and worthy of kindness.

Rachel Macy Stafford

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Can you be that one friend? Like the Includer theme, the Individualization theme talents allow for deep, unique connection. When I first read this blog post, I thought about those whose strengths include Individualization. This post is is a familiar experience for many of us. As summer approaches, we must remind ourselves that it can be a lonely time for many. I hope that this article ” Am I invisible? One mom’s pain-relieving response to being excluded” helps you to extend connection and kindness to those who need it this summer.

Rachel Macy Stafford is the bestselling author of three books: HANDS FREE MAMA, HANDS FREE LIFE, and ONLY LOVE TODAY. She is a certified special education teacher who helps people overcome distraction and perfection to live better and love more. For more:

Organization, Predictability, Routine and Structure: The Discipline Strength

… but all things should be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:40 (NRSVCE)

Contrary to what you might think, the #Discipline strength is not about consequences and corrections. It is about predictability, order, and planning in order to ensure the best possible outcome.

According to the Gallup Coaching Blog of July 2, 2018, only 7% of the over 18 million people who have completed the StrengthFinder assessment have the #Discipline theme as one of their top five strengths. Their need for routine and order means that everything has a place and purpose. They instinctively impose structure on their world. This #Executing theme helps to break down long term projects into short term processes. As leaders, they are able to help others construct order and work plans for others to benefit from. Their #Discipline means that they will ensure tasks are finished and meet standards that were agreed upon.

In the classroom, teachers who are talented in the #Discipline theme are excellent planners and curriculum mappers. Because the desire efficiency and productivity, they rarely fall behind. Furthermore, they help students to develop processes so that they complete tasks as well.

Students who are high in #Discipline will often be on top of things. During group work or projects, they will emerge as leaders, often setting timelines and clear work product expectations. These students might need assistance to clearly and respectfully communicate their intentions. Otherwise, they could be perceived as bossy. They might also be easily frustrated and disappointed in others when expectations are not met. Helping these students to know how to help others to understand what they value and why is critical for their long term success.

When putting together work teams, the individual with talent in the #Discipline theme can be counted on to bring order, efficiency, and product execution.