It’s Gobsmacking…

March 20, 2007

I have to confess something here. I’m an addict. I’m addicted to PBS. I can’t stop watching it on the weekends. Even though I went on a Steve Pavlina-inspired TV diet, I just can’t stop watching PBS.

So, over the weekend, I found myself sucked in entirely to Marcus Buckingham’s program about figuring out your strengths. And he talked in the show about writing statements (called “Strength Statements”) that describe those things that make you feel most alive, most challenged, and inspiring the most growth and success in your week.

Marcus showed one of his, and said:

When you see [my strength statements], it might bore you to tears. But when I read it, it’s gobsmacking. It kind of rocks my world.

It reminded me of one of the games in Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly the Plane – that of describing your mission and vision for your life. Most self-help books talk about creating a mission and vision, but, in my experience, they end up sounding more like corporate pablum (“I am a strong, dedicated person who helps those around me be better than they are“) than they are things that are “gobsmacking”.

I put my own mission and vision statements in the book. And you may feel somewhat bored by them when you read them. Or that they’re sappy, or cheesy, or something else. But for me, they’re absolutely gobsmacking. I get chills when I think of living them out. And they fire me up.

A question: what mission, vision and strengths that you have get you fired up? What rocks your world about what you do on a daily basis?

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One Response to “It’s Gobsmacking…”

  1. Mike Rothman on March 20th, 2007 4:06 pm

    Reading Buckingham’s first major work, Now! Discover Your Strengths, was transformative for both my life and career. I finally learned to appreciate who I was, not who I thought I should be.

    The first is the best (the sequel is a rehash of the existing stuff) and I recommend everyone read it, understand it and live it.

    Then use those strengths to go through Mike Murray’s process and figure out what you should be doing and how you should get there.

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