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7 Ways to Avoid Self-Sabotage

When CliftonStrengths Attack: 7 Ways to Avoid Self-Sabotage

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BY RYAN PENDELL

Have you seen The Onion headline "Study: Anxiety Resolved By Thinking About It Real Hard"?

If you have multiple Strategic Thinking themes in CliftonStrengths (Strategic, Intellection, Learner, Ideation, Analytical, etc.) -- this headline probably sums up your daily struggle pretty well. When in doubt, think more!

A tendency toward strategic thinking has a lot of benefits on a team. You can identify roadblocks for others far in advance. You can help people see the big picture when problems arise. And you naturally notice how each individual contributes to the success of the group.

And yet the habit of that type of thinking can also get you in trouble sometimes. At least once every day, you probably kick yourself for not being able to make decisions faster, take action quicker and get out of your head.

Perhaps you took the CliftonStrengths assessment with excitement, only to cry out a year later, "My talents are killing me!"

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