3. Taking Inventory Of Your Innate Abilities
When we profile you, we’re searching for your dominant innate abilities. We filter through the conversation to also establish the ways you naturally work, learn, and communicate; what your core nature is; and the best environment for you to thrive. We try to find out what rewards and motivates you. We also look for the way you interact with time. How do you move through time…quickly or slowly? What is your focus? Do you tend to look immediately in front of you or out into the future? What are you conscious of in regard to time? Do you see natural breaks or is it continuous? All these things contribute to your recognizable internal design.
Specific Abilities. The first area we assess is your dominant attributes or abilities. We’ve grouped all abilities into ten families of similar abilities. Because of the large number of abilities possible, rather than burden you with encyclopedic information on all of them, I have chosen to present a representative ability from each family.
Families of Abilities
- Abstract Family
- Discern Family
- Growth Family
- Intense Competitor Family
- Intense Freedom Family
- Intense Integrity Family
- Impress Family
- Learn Family
- Relational Family
- Structure Family
In subsequent chapters, we isolate, describe and discuss each ability. How a specific ability interacts with other abilities contributes to your uniqueness. It also adds to the blending of the characteristics, similar to the effect achieved when you mix two or more colors to get a third distinct color. Some profile systems over-simplify our complex designs by putting us into restrictive categories when actually we are each individual diamonds with different cuts, colors, clarities and carat weights. The Ability Management personal profiling process in a sense cuts away at the raw diamond to get to the true facets of who you are.
This book is written for a broad audience, and it is not possible to be as thorough as the discovery process we provide when doing individual profiles. However, it will introduce you to the process and provide insights into your profile that you will be able to use in your personal and professional life. As you read over the description of each representative ability, be on the lookout for those which touch your passion – the abilities that resonate with you, that get you excited. If you find yourself identifying with all of them, it’s going to confuse you…like the medical student who thought he had every disease he studied. This can happen because you can find part of every ability in yourself. Again, you’re looking for your dominant abilities, those with which you feel the strongest identification.
An alternative way to identify a dominant ability is by the pain or trouble associated with it. Attributes can hinder as well as help, and you may have noted this hindrance with a particular attribute. A good way to validate your findings is to check them out with people you trust and who know you well. Also check against your personal history. Everyone knows instances of how they have or haven’t used their abilities, and how their nurture has championed or oppressed them. Everyone has stories about these things that affect them. However, somewhere along the way, people all have an opportunity to leak who they are and to reflect on that.
My expectation in communicating this process is not that you will fully see yourself, but that you will be able to:
clearly identify those abilities that most represent you, how they can benefit you and how they can get you into trouble;
apply your new awareness to create the actions, life experiences, and results you are designed to experience;
start taking the action necessary for movement toward success and significance in your life.
We will discuss how to inventory and manage your movements so that you are not free-falling your way to success and significance; that is as absurd as it sounds. Instead, with better perspective, you’ll be able to strategically move through the roadblocks of your life.
Now let’s discuss what’s in your toolbox. We’re all made in God’s image…a very full picture…so we all come with a complete set of tools. On the top layer of our toolbox are the tools we tend to use most, right at our fingertips, so to speak. These are our dominant abilities. The tools further down in our toolbox are available to us when we need them, but we have to dig further to get them. A dramatic example is the mother who finds the strength to lift the car off her child. In a crisis, she employs the Olympian ability. It might be the only time in her life she uses it. The drive to overcome challenges may not be among her dominant attributes, but at that moment of crisis, she reaches further into her Creator-inspired toolbox to grab the right tool.
Let’s begin our survey with Nurturer from the Relational Family, a marvelous tool.