Why People With Discipline Are So Awesome


What Is the DISCIPLINE Them

People with Discipline are the ones in our lives who bring precision, structure, and diligence to all that they do.  It is their instinct to create familiarity and predictability in their personal lives and in the world around them.  Through routines, schedules, and plans they create an orbit where they can execute effectively, reliably, and accurately over and over again.  If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it is likely a motto that resonates with them.  Folks with Discipline like to know exactly why they are giving their energy to something and whether or not it is sustainable—the idea of one-offs is uncomfortable to them, maybe even hideous.  Quality is crucial to their view of the world and understanding what the expectations are in any situation is key.  Floating, for them, is simply not an option.  They are intuitive people who naturally create structure and, when faced with a task, they tend to consider it in stages or phases.  From there, they are able to get just about anything done.  People with Discipline remind us that We are what we do everyday and they inspire us to create lives that have a lasting impact.

Why Should We Care

Because they are great at creating and implementing order and rhythm in their own lives, they are usually quite skilled at envisioning and implementing structure in teams, organizations, and the lives of others.  They are extremely careful and will systematically check and re-check that any project or work that they are overseeing is developing correctly and according to the plan.  The instinct of people with Discipline is to create things that are lasting—and when we are in their presence we can feel it.  They are diligent, level-headed, and detail-oriented people who effortlessly curate order, establish timelines, and help teams meet deadlines.  Simply put, we feel confident with them.  In a sometimes-chaotic reality, they offer us peace: a vision of precision, progress, and order and then a plan that brings it into fruition.

Ten Things to Know About People with DISCIPLINE

1. Freedom. Those with the Strength of Discipline experience a level of freedom that others might not understand or appreciate.  Their routines and structures can actually free them up to think big and go big in life.  They lock-down life’s details as a way of limiting surprises and setbacks, which makes room for bigger and better things.

2. Anxiety. They may come to rely on a specific structure such that in its absence they feel floaty, disconnected, or slightly panicked.  They may also wish for some predictability in all areas of their life and, because this is not always possible, they may experience some anxiety in normal everyday life.

3. Elephants. The teaching “How do you eat an elephant?” (One bite at a time) is really central to their view of getting things done.  Rome wasn’t built in a day—but it was built.  They deeply understand that big projects can be turned into smaller sequential projects—each with their own mini-win built in along the way to the big win.

4. Superhuman. There can be an element of superhuman excellence in what they do.  Others are sometimes in awe of them, wondering how they are able to consistently get so much done.  People with Discipline tend to receive a quiet satisfaction when this happens.

5. Confidence. They are generally confident people who can back up their methods, worldview, and intentions with an impressive track record of past excellence.

6. Perfectionism. What others may call “perfectionism” is simply the way to do things for Discipline people.  They may feel the absence of structure or direction in their bodies.  It may make them physically uncomfortable to move forward without a plan.

7. Chill. Most people with Discipline have been misunderstood, shamed, or mocked about their way of doing things—to them, it can feel like they are simultaneously doing too much and not enough.  In that way, they can grow to feel sensitive and even resentful of others commenting on the structure that they’ve created in their lives.  They more than likely hate any mention of being “uptight” or being told to “relax”.

8. Scaling. They generally appreciate that which can be scaled, reproduced, or refined, fine-tuned, and streamlined.  They may ask, “Would this system work on a larger scale?”, “Can we do this over and over again with the same results?”, or “How can we apply this structure to other projects?”

9. Processes. It can be easy for them to get caught up in how things are done.  Even if the proper results are achieved, it may bug them if the methods were sloppy or haphazard.  They are often practicing the art of patience and allowing others to have their own ways of doing things (even if it isn’t how they would do it).

10. Folks with Discipline may be their own harshest critic and they can often feel taken for granted and invisible—so, love can often be felt in the form of gentle validation, words of affirmation, and compassionate nudges that acknowledge their innate wholeness (aka That they are enough).

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

What It Means to be an Arranger


What Is the ARRANGER Them

Arrangers are the people in our lives who have a natural sense of productive order and who can effortlessly manage many spinning plates at once.  They are able to structure their thinking and actions like those of a conductor—bringing complex, multifaceted, and multi-phased elements into seamless coordination.  This is how they get things done.  For them, being outward looking, nimble, and flexible are keys to true productivity.  Why stick with Plan A or B, when Plan Z is so much better?  The best configuration possible is far more important to them than sticking with something based on principle or others’ egos—if there is a more efficient method, do it.  They come alive during times of change and can maximize efficiency—even under stress—by visualizing the outcome.  In this way, they are drawn to that which is both intense and still-becoming, because they know that a little wiggle-room mixed with a bit of pressure brings out the best in them.  Arrangers keep us tuned in to opportunities for growth and action all around us in the motion-filled, ever-changing world.

Why Should We Care

They are great managers of resources and of people because they intuitively draw on other’s Strengths and leverage potential by putting the best pieces in the best order.  They might not be able to explain how they know what they know—but they are usually right, especially when it comes to streamlining things.  They are resourceful, creative, and brave, often willing to dive into chaos headfirst in search of signs of order.  In a nutshell, they are super capable people who have a particular knack for orchestration—moving things from the invisible into the visible.  The saying, “If you can’t find a way out, find a deeper way in” may very well resonate with them.  This is because they prefer newness to comfort—that which is procedural or well-worn holds little magic for them.  To be at the heart of the action is important to them; though, this does not mean that they prefer pandemonium.  Instead, when their spirit of openness is paired with their ability to execute they are able to bring forces, teams, and ideas together that create positive, lasting, and meaningful impacts.

Ten Things to Know About People with ARRANGER

1. Quick. These are people who get thought-flashes.  An idea will pop into their head and sometimes, without warning, they will suddenly shift gears or change directions.

2. Routines. Folks with the Arranger theme generally prefer dynamism to predictability.  They may choose to change things up just to see what it’s like.  Their aim, in any situation, however, is to reach a more perfect arrangement.

3. Stamina. They are able to create solutions and coordinate various moving consistently and with a great measure of accuracy.  It can be effortless for them.

4. Firsthand. For them, actually being there—where the action is—is key.  They don’t really want to hear about what is going to happen if, instead, there is an opportunity for them to actually be there.  They are people who prefer, when possible, to see for themselves.

5. Intuitive. Arrangers are highly intuitive people who generally get things done by listening to their gut and trusting what they hear.  Their innate senses of composition, balance, and alignment are the tools with which they do their best work.  They are also quite sensitive to when something is “off” about a person or a situation.

6. Memory. They are able to process a lot of information very quickly and they seem to remember the way that things are done—the strategy or the approach—more than they remember the minute details of each moving part.  In a way, they think in “systems” and are always refining them.

7. Multi-tasking. This is their art.  They are very perceptive and can anticipate concerns and next steps very easily.

8. Connections. They may not shy away from juxtaposition or combining seemingly strange ideas when it comes to their thought processes.  They like to look for links between seemingly disparate elements—sometimes just to see what happens, but often in order to learn the limits and boundaries of their thinking and the world.

9. Making things. They might be drawn to making things which call upon their sense of design and composition, like models, quilts, and scrapbooks.  Games like dominos, war, and mouse-trap seem to hold a particular excitement for them.

10. They will likely prefer for their relationships to be dynamic and without a sense of predictability.  Arrangers like for their connections to evolve naturally, as opposed to evolving along a set of predetermined benchmarks.  Their attitude might often be, “Let’s see where this goes.”

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

What It Really Means to Have Command


What Is the COMMAND Theme

Those with Command are the people in our lives who instinctively assume control of situations and lead the way forward.  For them, stepping up and taking charge is life giving, and it completely aligns with their preference for taking action and looking life in the eye.  They live in the spirit of “Just Do It”.  For those reasons, they are generally goal driven and outcome-oriented; they value the process of scaling up and having something tangible to show for their work.  Their zone of excellence is when they are making decisions, delegating, and moving ahead.  They are naturally able to evaluate a situation, take a stance, and then act on it.  When something matters to them, they rarely hesitate to share their thoughts and make their voices heard.  Not surprisingly, they are totally comfortable with having their own opinions and feeling about things—even when their views are unpopular.  Because they are self-assured in their ability deliver results, being liked and understood is less important to them than being in command and doing the next right thing.  So, a minority-of-one scenario is no big deal to them, they might even feel energized by the challenge of it.  That is, they are visionary people who confidently play the long-game—knowing that, when they take action, the end justifies the means.  They are models of courage.

Why Should We Care

People with the Strength of Command are often willing to do what no one else will do—be it stepping into the unknown, walking through figurative or literal fires, or facing fears.  They are the ones whom we naturally turn to in times of crisis, emergency, and mayhem.  They are present, magnetic, and  highly intelligent people who are not easily frightened, badgered, or overwhelmed.  We can rely on them, even if they are, at times, heavy handed or intimidating.  Their ability to make decisions unflinchingly can create needed change and help to cultivate turning points during challenging times and periods of stasis or unrest.  Fact is, leadership comes easily to them, and they may not even be aware of the fact that they are conducting the operations of a room, group, or project.  They are persuasive, bold, and truthful.  In some ways, being in charge is their default mode, their baseline and it cannot be turned off.  People with Command demand honesty and have little patience for anything less.  They bring out our true selves and, in precisely that way, they draw out the best in us.  In their presence, we can often do more than we thought possible.

Ten Things to Know About People with COMMAND

1. Intuition. They are highly intuitive people who are willing to take massive action based on gut feelings and then own the results fully.  Be it success or failure, they are not ones to regret following their instincts.

2. Both Sides. It’s true that they are natural leaders, so they hold other leaders to a high standard.  When they, themselves, are being led they need to know and feel that it is being done effectively.  They may become highly critical and possibly vocal about the uninspired, poor, or thoughtless leadership of others.  It may be personally offensive to them.

3. Weeds. They do not like being “in the weeds” during decision making processes.  They operate best at a high-level, making executive decisions and then rallying people around them to handle the details.

4. Go Big. They are here to have an impact, so don’t be surprised if they apply extremely expansive thinking to all that they pursue.  Because they prefer to go big in their lives, they may have a tendency to leave others in the dust, which generally isn’t personal.

5. Impatience. They are prone to bouts of restlessness, irritability, and thoughts of “I could be doing more” (about themselves) or “They could be doing more.” (about others).  They might have a difficult time relaxing and unwinding at the end of the day.  If they are alone, they like to be doing, building, or destroying something.  They are generally project-oriented with an all-in or all-out attitude.

6. Theory. In general, they like to know, rather than to assume, presume, or speculate.  Theorizing and intellectualizing about abstractions can be incredibly uninteresting to them—as are hypotheses and conjecture.  They may view this type of mental activity as a pointless waste of time.

7. Confrontation. Because they are the ones who seem to come alive under pressure and take charge without hesitation, they do not avoid confrontation.  For them, confrontation is a necessary part of the way forward—they expect it and welcome it.  Confrontation is often one of the ways that they choose learn about others.

8. Yeses. They generally have little respect for “yes people” because they, understandably, see them as inauthentic and untrustworthy.  Folks with Command prefer that others have opinions as strong as their own.  To them, another’s backbone is highly respected—even if they disagree with them.

9. Heightened States. Even if they seem unassuming on the outside, people with Command usually have an intense inner-world.  They are incredibly aware and constantly alert, and they may find themselves craving a little disruption now and then, which would give way to their command-energy and allow them an appropriate channel for their authority.

10. When it comes to love, they are drawn to the idea of strategic partnerships.  Like a yin-yang, they prefer others who might add to or complement/contrast their strengths as opposed to mirror and relate to them.  They seek connections that are purposeful, not fleeting or frivolous.  They are also likely happy to go it alone.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.