I have just released two new instant Download Strength Resources for coaches and teachers:
• RYS Escape Room Planning Guide
• RYS Strengths Coloring Book
Also– Free shipping (in the US) on all other products with all orders totaling $50 through September 31st!
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We are selling 2016 custom calendars with your Top 10! Only $20 (this month only) plus $7 S&H (US), $24 (International)! Order Now to get them by Christmas! It takes 10 days for them to be ordered from the company, then another few days for me to ship them to you! If you order more than one copy sent to the same address, I'll let you know the S&H costs.
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Command: People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
They are direct and decisive.
They love exerting control in situations that seem out of control.
Israel - 12th Century BC. The Israelites are now in the Promised Land. They have gone through the cycle of falling into sin > Being punished by God > Repentance > and Coming back to God.
The Israelites were in serious crisis. The massive army of the King of Canaan was at their door. With a well-trained army and 900 iron chariots, Israel was no match for them. But they had a secret weapon...a woman named Deborah.
Deborah is one of the 12 judges who helped turn this nation's heart towards God and deliver them. First- a woman judge in those times was extremely rare, but Deborah was a good one! She held court under a tree and the people of Israel would seek her out as a fair judge to settle their disputes.
When news of Jabin's army came in, Deborah recruited General Barak. (Does that name sound familiar? It should! The US has a president that was named after this General.) General Barak was reluctant at first to go into battle, but said he would if Deborah would go with him. "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go." Vs. 8
Deborah chose a strategic day for battle. First, it was a rainy day- which would bog down the iron chariots. Second, her army took the high ground- again, a strategic move because the chariots got stuck in the mud and were useless in climbing Mount Tabor.
In our day and age, a female leading a general's army would be rare, but imagine it in 12th Century BC! There must have been something extremely convincing about Deborah's ability to command an army!
Peter was one of the 12 apostles. When something needed to be said, Peter usually spoke up first. When something needed NOT to be said, Peter usually spoke up first! But not only was he the first to SPEAK UP, he was also the first to ACT UP! He was always quick to jump into action!
Activators are movers and shakers. They create momentum, and bring a catalytic sense of urgency. Sometimes Activators can be impulsive. Part of the basement of Activator is it can sometimes be quick in the wrong way. Peter needed to learn to look before leaping- and so do we!
One moment in Peter's life where Activator was in full motion was when he walked on water! Matthew 14:24-33 tells the story of Peter jumping at the chance to walk on water when he saw Jesus.
My new book, "Draw On Your Strengths" will be available in just a few weeks! I have chosen to self-publish with a company called BookBaby. They have been fantastic!
I can't wait for you to see it! This has been a a project that has captured my Focus and Achiever strengths! Over a year ago I started sketching the 34 themes. I had the goal to finish all 34 and write a book. But this book is even more special because of all the people that helped me accomplish this goal.
Big thanks to my family, who supported me through the process of reinventing myself.
Dionne Hamilton Smith worked through all of the sketches from England and sent them back to me with edits!
And Jim Collison, who was the best cheerleader a person could ever have! He helped me with the idea of selling the individual prints -which was the very thing that allowed me to self-publish this book!
Curt Liesveld. Curt went to be with the Lord just before this book came out. He was my mentor and Strengths educator. He would go through each of the sketches with me, helping me better understand each one. I miss him greatly.
And of course, Jannita Demian, who helped me Maximize the book by encouraging me to make it interactive!
It takes a village...and I love mine!
I hope that as you read through your Top 5 strengths, you will better understand who you are. But don't stop there! Share StrengthsFinder with your family and friends! Being able to understand why people think they do is powerful and inspirational!
Rock Your Strengths!