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    Reflecting (Northwest Heading)

    You enjoy an inward focus on imaginative or prophetic ideas, creative images, and a deep sense of connection to life. To sustain that enjoyment, find ways to keep yourself connected to your imagination and to what you value most. For example, you could: lend your support to people or organizations that you consider important, read or write poetry, learn to paint or draw, take time for private walks to just let your own ideas or imagination roll, find friends who share your values and your commitment to living a significant and authentic life. The key will be to live a life that nurtures your imagination and your deepest personal values. (Also see Career Planning for a career that engages your best gifts.)

    As you find ways to stay connected to your imagination and your deepest values, for balance, it will also be important to become agile with the tangible and practical aspects of life.
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    Formulating (Northeast Heading)

    You enjoy an inward focus on developing complex concepts, theories, and ideas. To sustain your joy, find ways to pursue your agility with complex thinking. For example, you could: pursue a career consistent with your abilities (see Career Planning); subscribe to the journals that address your special interests; read books that develop your fascination with the big picture systems and ideas; attend seminars or take courses at a local university to sharpen your abilities. The key will be to live a life that cultivates both your imagination and your special abilities in formulating and understanding complex systems.

    As you are able to allocate more time for your special formulating abilities, it will also be important to develop your social networks and close friendships. Happiness is also dependent on being in close relationships with others.
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    Associating (Southwest Heading)

    You enjoy relating to people, lots of them, and from creating harmony in groups. To sustain your joy, find ways to stay associated with people and their personal needs. For example, you could: join local civic organizations, pursue a career that involves associating with, serving, or organizing others (see Career Planning); stay in close touch with friends and family; organize social gatherings or parties just for the sheer fun of it. The key will be to live a life that cultivates both your attention to the practical issues of life with your love of people.

    As you are feel more fulfilled through your time with people, to become more balanced and whole, it will also be important for your to find time for personal reflection and for staying in touch with the larger, less tangible issues of life.
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    Producing (Southeast Heading)

    You enjoy getting projects organized, accomplishing difficult tasks, and achieving challenging goals. To sustain your joy, find ways to stay active in the world and to use your interest in organizing the world around you. For example, you could: pursue a career consistent with your gifts (there are lots of them, see Career Planning); assume the leadership in groups for getting things organized and done, serve in leadership roles with local organizations, help to plan and organize events for your community or organizations of interest. The key will be to draw on your special abilities to get things done and organized.

    As you feel satisfied that you are capitalizing on your best gifts, to become increasingly balanced, it will also be important to find time for connections to your inner life of imagination and values.

    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.—Thoreau

    We like to pretend that it is hard to follow our heart's dreams. The truth is, it is difficult to avoid walking through the many doors that will open.—Julia Cameron

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    Personal Growth Before 40

    In what Carl Jung called the first half of life, prior to about the age of 40, the aim is to gain strength, confidence, and stability. These are the years when most people discover their natural talents, begin to apply them, develop friends and intimate relationships, and look for fulfilling work

    To build confidence and stability, it is important to develop your natural aptitudes. If you neglect your best gifts, you may painfully discover at midlife that you have left too much of yourself behind. To live with passion and confidence in the first half of life, get to know and develop your best gifts. The GiftsCompass Inventory™ (GCI) helps you more clearly see your best gifts and how to use them.

    After you take the GCI, point to your preferred compass heading above to learn more about your best gifts and how to use them.

    Discover your greatest strengths. Take the GCI.
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