I’m not procrastinating … I’m just me

Sometime ago for work I did the Gallup Strengthsfinder test, this resulted in me discovering that my talents are:

  1. Adaptability
  2. Belief
  3. Connectedness
  4. Strategic
  5. Arranger

Today, while trying to write my strategic plan (aka Big Ideas) for 2015 for the ministries I oversee, I went back to the book and read quite a bit of it.  This part about Adaptability really rang true to me:

“What occasionally looks like procrastination might actually be your high levels of Adaptability talent.”

Suddenly, my brain went click…my God given talent is to be adaptable, to live in the moment and be fully immersed in the here and now. It explains why people say I’m virtually unflappable and go with the flow no matter what is thrown at me. I deal better with what’s happening now than what happened yesterday or worrying about what’s going to happen at some point in the future.

Going through the rest of the talents, I realised afresh, that God equips me at every moment to deal with the situation I am currently in. I needn’t worry about the future, he has already gone before me. No wonder, I am so at peace when I read Deuteronomy 3:8  which says “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

While Adaptability is a God-given talent and strength and it explains why I so struggle with writing a strategic document, thankfully God has also sort-of balanced this out with the talents of strategic and arranger. I like to be organised and it frustrates me when I’m not. Today (the here and now), I have learnt the need to enhance the later two talents with the right skills and knowledge to turn those talents into strengths.  I think I just found what I need to put in my professional development plan.


Getting tough on myself!

I got tough on myself this morning and went for a walk and was rewarded with this fantastic view of Wellington on a good day!

Over the last couple of weeks, the thought I could go for a walk has popped into my mind…Now, I’m not talking leisurely stroll to school or the local café. I am talking about a real walk, striding it out for the good of my health, not any other purpose. So, I have decided that I have to get tough on myself and actually go for the walks, not just think about them, because just thinking about them isn’t going to help my fitness or my waistline. This morning, instead of doning my nice clothes to look decent as I dropped the kids to school, I put on my walking clothes and walked the kids to school. A few people commented on them, asking if I was off for a walk. this was great because it has given me some accountability. After the kids at school off I went on my walk. It is a beautiful day, I had some great music in my phone and now I can say that I went for my walk.  I walked for a good half an hour, actually, I don’t know what possessed me, but when I was round on a very quiet road, I even ran for 100m a couple of times.

I need to be tough on myself more often for the next few weeks and make this a habit!  A good habit!  I am supposed to be doing the AMI Round the bays on 26 February in Wellington. Actually, I should be going down to the waterfront and walking because I find it harder to walk on the flat for long distances than on the hills. Guess I am just used to living in the hills and the muscles on my legs expect hills.  This is in no way to say I am fit, because I am so unbelieveably not! I get puffed just walking up the hill from school and that’s not far at all.