I am adding the final finishing touches on my new book, "Draw On Your Strengths"! I can't believe this is finally happening! I had another Strengths coach tell me that I must have a lot of Discipline to have this completed. I had to laugh. Discipline pretty close to the bottom of my pile. I told him that what he is most likely seeing is a fierce combination of Achiever and Focus.
The idea of this book actually started off with my Learner. Learner and Focus are themes that are not typically seen that often together. The reason is that Learner pulls you in 100 different directions, wanting to learn about all kinds of subjects. It's the reason I drew a "squirrel" on the wall of my Learner picture. If you've ever seen the Disney movie, "Up!" you may remember Doug the dog. As he is in the middle of conversations, he notices a squirrel out of the corner of his eye and says, "Squirrel!" (Click here to see a scene.) That's a little what my Learner looks like. As I am learning one thing, I may come upon something else that is exciting to learn...and will end up on a rabbit trail of all kinds of wonderful things to learn.
But Focus tempers my Learner in this way. Every year I find a new thing that I really want to learn, and I spend a year learning it. I read everything I can about it, practice it, watch videos, talk to people... just about anything I can think of to learn more.
A few years ago I wanted to learn about sketching. I was doing some conferences in New Zealand and had the opportunity to visit one of the schools that I work with in Rock Our World. The students there knew I was coming and had a presentation planned when I arrived. They wanted to put in a proposal for the next season of what we would learn with our global team. They wanted to do an art project. That got me thinking that I had not really done much art in the past 10 years. Art used to be a part of my every day life, and it somehow got shuffled to the side. I agreed - who can say "No" to a group of adorable kids from Governor's Bay, New Zealand?!
So began my journey in Sketchnoting. I chose that medium because, frankly, I knew nothing about it- and I would get the opportunity to learn something new! I had gotten in trouble in school plenty of times for doodling on my pages, and wanted to explore the idea of doodling in education. I can still look back at my college papers (the ones I saved) and remember facts about the classes- simply based on the doodles I was drawing. So, it was time to give it a try and see if it could still work for me now.
That's when Achiever and Focus took over. I decided I would learn Sketchnoting during the year. And to practice, I would use our sermons each week as a testing ground. I knew that I would hear a different message each week to practice my craft. By the end of the year, I changed some things. Traditional Sketchnoting has containers and arrows. My style started there and eventually morphed into one image that would be my focus piece...with arrows and text supporting that main image. At the end of the year, I published my first devotional book with my father on iTunes called: "Sketching the Sermon". It included the audio tracks from the messages as well as my sketches.
After becoming a coach, I started sketching little pieces of each theme to use in my class at Fresno Pacific University called, "Teach With Your Strengths". It became a hit...and well, you know the rest! Once my Learner was satisfied, my Achiever wanted to see a weekly check off list, and my Focus drove me to make it happen.
For the past year, I have been trying to upload a sketch a week on "Theme Thursday". These sketches eventually became part of my new book, "Draw With Your Strengths."
Here's where you come in:
What themes do you have, that when put together, look like another theme. My Focus and Achiever were mistaken for Discipline. And that's OK! It's kind of cool to know that I can use the talents that I've been given to make up for a lesser talent.
We all have the ability to mask some of our lesser talents with our Strengths. Look at your own life. How do you compensate for your lesser talents?
Rock Your Strengths
(Here's a sample of one of my #Sermonnotes from this year.)