• What if?

"You play out alternate scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened?"

I see patterns. At least that’s what my StrengthFinders test tells me.

About two years ago I took the Clifton StrengthFinders test and specifically took the test from a leadership perspective. The test is devised to provide incite into your strengths, naturally. But also to provide context and direction on bringing those strengths to light and utilizing them in your life. My top five strengths are Strategic, Ideation, Deliberative, Belief and Connectedness.

It’s this first one that allows me to see patterns. However, for me, that translates into inertia. If I’m constantly seeing patterns and where they might lead, or I’m constantly asking the What if? question, I’m not forging ahead. I’m stuck. I tend to be a person who really likes to do something right and well. In fact, sometimes I won’t do something at all if I can’t do it well. Thus the projects around the house that aren’t done, let alone started.

What’s the solution? I believe it’s discipline and failure. In my case, its discipline to put parameters on my thinking through something. At some point, you have to decide. You have to move. And you have to fail. If I’ve skirted failure by strategically maneuvering through the pitfalls, I’ve cheated myself.

Fail forward, right?