Life Design Catalyst Training Pages

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Presentation Slides

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LDC Program/Department/Business Templates

Template: Our [program/department/business] helps [be specific on who’s it for] solve [their main problem]. They start out feeling and/or thinking [their current mindset/emotional state] – and when they finish, they will think and feel [their new mindset/emotional state].

Template: Our [program/department/business] will guide them through a process that entails [one to three core main topics]. Each [student/client/individual] who completes our program will be able to [enter tangible outcomes and benefits e.g., path to success, self-confidence, plan for graduation, better grades, inner peace, etc.].

  • What are you (currently) known for?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What will be your “Space Jam?”
  • What will you create to make the world more awesome?

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Personality Assessments

The Personality Assessments that you’ll be doing are just one of many explanations of how you’re wired, providing you tools to learn more about yourself.  Understanding your personality and what makes you tick can help you be a better student, employee, partner, friend, etc.; in fact, these assessments have been used to identify strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies; choose potential majors and careers;  define how you work and play with others; how you communicate more clearly; how you learn; how you handle stress; and even help you find potential life partners!

Personality Type Report

After completing the two assessments, you’ll need to do the following:

  • List five words (between the two assessments) that seem to describe/fit you best.
  • Write one or two sentences that describe the positives/strengths of your personality type.
  • Write one or two sentences that describe the challenges/weaknesses of your personality type.
  • Identify three majors/career options that seem to be the best match of your personality type.
  • Write one or two sentences that describe how you interact with others in the workplace.
  • Write one or two sentences that describe what your personality type is like in relationships.
  • Describe in one or two sentences an overall summary of your personality type.

Myers-Briggs

Discover Your Myers Briggs Personality Type – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQoOqQiVzwQ

  • Extraverted (E) or Introverted (I): Do you get your energy from other people, or from your own internal world?
  • Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N): Do you focus on the present and what you can see, or the future and what you can imagine?
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): Do you make decisions based on logic, or on values and people?
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): Do you prefer things structured and organized, or flexible and spontaneous?

Links:

Enneagram Assessment

The Enneagram is a personality assessment that aims to reveal how emotions drive our lives and how we engage with others in an effort to get what we want.

Here’s a brief explanation of the Nine Enneagram Types:

  • Type One is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic.
  • Type Two is generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing, and possessive.
  • Type Three is adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.
  • Type Four is expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
  • Type Five is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
  • Type Six is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
  • Type Seven is spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered.
  • Type Eight is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
  • Type Nine is receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned.

Once you complete the test, you will receive a number (1 through 9) that represents your type.  Click on the links below for a detailed description of your Enneagram number:

For further exploration, check out these links:

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What are strengths?

A strength is the ability to consistently produce a positive outcome through near-perfect performance in a specific task or given activity. The difference between a character and engagement strengths is noted below:

  • Character strengths (such as VIA Character Strengths) focuses on your ethics, morals, behaviors, and values; answers the question, “What is best about who you are?”
  • Engagement strengths (such as Clifton’s Strengthfinder) consists of your skills, knowledge, and talents; answers the question, “What’s best about how you work?”

Both are important to understand how you interact with the world on a daily basis.  Also be aware that strengths can be both positive (service, love) and negative (cheat, liar).  We will focus our lessons on the positive.

Strengths focus on the things you do right, not on the things that you do wrong. Research has found that people and organizations grow more when they focus on what they do best rather than trying to fix their weaknesses. Identifying your strengths will also provide you an additional tool to seek opportunities that allow you to use your strengths on a regular basis.

Knowing and focusing on your strengths:

  • Can assist in the process of identifying and living your purpose and fulfilling you mission.
  • Are usually attached to excellence – the more you use your strengths, the better you become in using your strengths.
  • Can be used to help you decide your classes, your major, your extracurricular activities, even your internship and job possibilities.
  • Will provide you direction as to how you should use your time and where you should put your energy.
  • Will build your confidence and self-esteem; you will feel better about yourself when you have greater success in the strengths you use well.
  • Will have you more likely engaged in your job/education and more likely to having an excellent quality of life!
  • Would give you the best opportunity to be great!

The goal is to use your strengths as much as possible.  Using your strengths on a regular basis:

  • Provides you motivation.
  • Gives you energy.
  • Creates positive emotions.
  • Increases personal and work satisfaction.
  • Increases levels of productivity and performance.
  • Increases levels of engagement.

And college students who know their strengths have been found to:

  • Be more satisfied with college experience.
  • Be more satisfied with advising experience.
  • Have greater satisfaction in courses.
  • Feel better about help from faculty/staff with life plans.
  • Have higher cumulative GPA’s.
  • Be more likely to stay in school.

With all of the positives around knowing your strengths, isn’t it about time for you to identify your top strengths?  The lessons in this chapter will help!

Part 1: Character Strengths

Character strengths focuses on your ethics, morals, behaviors, and values; answers the question, “What is best about who you are?”

To understand the importance of character strengths, watch the following video:

Lucky for us, the VIA Institute on Character has provided a FREE!!! Assessment that will provide you a ranking of your 24 Character Strengths, from most important to least important.  Here’s why knowing your character strengths are important (from their web site): “When you discover your greatest strengths, you learn to use them to handle stress and life challenges, become happier, and develop relationships with those who matter most to you.”  Is there a better time than now to know your character strengths?

Set aside 10-15 minutes to take the FREE online assessment, which you will find here:

You’ll be asked to register your name and email address; once you complete this basic information, you’ll be able to start the assessment.  

Once you complete the assessment, you will be given a list of your 24 Character Strengths, from the most prominent to least prominent strengths.  For this activity, let focus most on your top five Character Strengths.

List of 24 Character Strengths: Appreciation Of Beauty & Excellence, Bravery, Creativity, Curiosity, Fairness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Honesty, Hope, Humility, Humor, Judgment, Kindness, Leadership, Love, Love Of Learning, Perseverance, Perspective, Prudence, Self-Regulation, Social Intelligence, Spirituality, Teamwork, Zest

To get a more detailed description of your top five character strengths, as well as all 24 Character Strengths, check out these two links:

Once you know your five character strengths, read the full-length descriptions.  Then, write down each of your character strengths and a short sentence that describes your thoughts around and/or how you use each of your five character strengths.

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Part 2: Engagement Strengths

Engagement strengths (such as Clifton’s StrengthsFinder) consists of your skills, knowledge, and talents; answers the question, “What’s best about how you work?”

To learn more about Engagement Strengths and Clifton’s StrengthsFinder, check out these brief videos:

There is no FREE option to identify your Engagement Strengths. However, it’s our goal to at least expose you to Clifton’s StrengthsFinder resources in case you are interested in purchasing their full assessments (more on that later).

First, you’ll visit the site with the 1-2 sentence descriptions for each of the 34 Engagement Strengths. Click on the link below to view the list:

List of 34 Engagement Strengths: Achiever, Activator, Adaptability, Analytical, Arranger, Belief, Command, Communication, Competition, Connectedness, Consistency, Context, Deliberative, Developer, Discipline, Empathy, Focus, Futuristic, Harmony, Ideation, Includer, Individualization, Input, Intellection, Learner, Maximizer, Positivity, Relator, Responsibility, Restorative, Self-Assurance, Significance, Strategic, Woo

As you review the list, choose between 5 and 10 Engagement Strengths that you believe describes you best and write them down.  Once you’ve narrowed your list to 5-10, click on the next link to view a more detailed description of the Strengths:

After reading the full descriptions, you will need to narrow down your list to the top FIVE (5) Engagement Strengths that describe you best (no need to rank order them).  Write down your Top Five, then visit this site:

For a more detailed explanation of each Engagement Strength.  Scroll down to see a list of each of the 34 Themes; click on the first Strength on your list, watch the short video, and read some important facts about that particular Strength.  Write down a few keys words/sentences that are used to describe that strength, since this site will provide more specific details on what it’s like to have that particular strength.  You will then do the same thing for your other four strengths.

And if these weren’t enough resources for you to check out, here’s another one that may help provide additional content regarding your specific engagement strengths:

As you review the descriptions, feel free to make changes to your Top Five list, since you may realize that one may be more like you than one on your current list.  The goal of this lesson is to provide you with a starting point of identifying how you can use your engagement strengths in a variety of ways.

Once you know your five engagement strengths, read the full-length descriptions.  Then, write down each of your engagement strengths and a short sentence that describes your thoughts around and/or how you use each of your five engagement strengths.

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