One of the first steps in my journey of finding my intrinsic motivation was to take the Strength Finder 2.0 assessment. Some self-actualization coaches recommend focusing on correcting weaknesses above all else. Actually, I think it is better to find strengths and take advantage of them!
My top strengths according to the assessment:
1) Input – A craving to know more.
2) Intellection – Intellectual appreciation.
3) Strategic – Able to quickly spot relevant patterns and issues.
4) Connectedness – Having faith in the links between all things, believing there are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason. This one was a bit of a surprise to me until I thought about it for awhile.
My long running interest in astrology actually comes from my sense of how everything is connected. I’ve come to the conclusion that astrology does not provide reliable answers to the meaning of life, but I have improved my sense of connectiveness by learning about it. After studying it for years I have concluded that most of astrology is bunk. It does not give reliable insight on personality nor does it help to find life’s purpose. I know many practicing astrologers yet I do not know a single astrologer who can make reliable predictions with it. I still appreciate the beauty and harmony of the system, its long and interesting history, and the universal impact it has had on the human psyche… world wide.
Some day I may post some of the most interesting things about the prevalence of astrology in the human psyche… things like the fact that each day of the week is named for a planet. Even the order of the names of the days of the week has a special significance. The technique of traditional astrology is really quite interesting and contemplating the underlying cosmology heightens my sense of connection to the universe.
I have concluded that the only reliable method of gaining information is by collecting stimulus from the five senses and using reason and logic to eliminate contradictions to eventually find certainty. Astrology does not lead to any kind of certainty. Still, I love the sense of wonder I feel when gazing at the stars and especially the “wandering stars” or “asteres planetai” as named by the ancient Greek cosmologists. Logic and reason does not provide that sense of magic and wonder.
5) Learner – Having a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve, which is what this blog is all about!