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Self-Assurance – Gallup Theme Thursday Shorts Season 1

Self-Assurance is what I would call one
of the “ego” themes. And it’s really about ego that’s
developed more internally. If I had to kind of give a brief
description of Self-Assurance Here’s what I’m saying. This is
an internal confidence to try even though external uncertainty
exists. And it really is…when people have this theme, they have this trust
in their own abilities and instincts. It’s the stuff that’s inside of them.
They’re aware of it, they rely on it, they’re confident in it. So it’s what’s
inside of them is really the key part to the Self-Assurance. I’ve heard the phrase
“Go with your gut.” I think to some degree that’s a pretty good description of what
Self-Assurance is in its kind of purest form. There’s kind of this trusting in
your ability, but it’s also trusting in your intuition….in your instinct.
And so many times people will… what I ask people, I say, “Are you
intuitive?” a lot of people will raise their hands, and I think this is one
of the reasons why some people raise their hand for being intuitive. It’s not
because they’re necessarily emotionally intuitive, like Empathy, they know how
someone feels or they know who someone is, but they just know something is right, to
know something is true just by the confidence that they have in their own
…who they are and what they have. This theme is a part of the Influencing
Domain, and that’s something, I want to talk a little bit with Rod about…what…
where does the influence of Self-Assurance come from? We’ll talk about that
a little later. I was trying to think about some words
that help to kind of clarify and express the essence of Self-Assurance, and so
these are some words I came up with. And they’re not new if you’ve been around
these themes a lot. If you’re new to these themes they might be helpful to help
you to get some kind of clarity around it. Autonomous, self-reliant, independent,
self-sufficient, self-governing. You’ll notice a lot of “self” words here
coming up. Self-determining, going with the gut, self-management, internal
guidance system, maybe even self-control. Those would be some words
that I think capture the essence of this theme. Maybe some other more
adjective-like words. Obviously we call this Self-Assurance so there is confident might
be an adjective. Certain. Certainty seems to be an important word as I think about
this particular theme. Sure, obviously assurance, cock-sure
[laughs] sometimes is a word that’s used. Unflappable. I think sometimes people who
have this kind of internal kind of guidance system in them. Even though
things might be kind of chaotic around them, they have a kind of a stability
and an unflappableness that comes. So they often may appear to be pretty
calm and confident, even though things are kind of going on around the
outside. So those would be some words that make sense. We’ve also tried to
think about what does this look like in its Basement form…you know…when it’s
maybe a bit more raw or undeveloped, and what might be a Barrier Label. How
could this theme be negatively perceived? And sometimes, when a person has
Self-Assurance, they might be seen as being somewhat aloof. You know, maybe not
really involved. We use the words “lone wolf” or “lone
ranger.” Those could be not just Barrier Labels…sometimes being a lone
ranger…I mean, I think about the Lone Ranger, when I was a kid…He was
a hero. [laughs] So…but being a lone wolf or a lone ranger can sometimes have
a negative perception: distant, disconnected, maybe unwilling to listen.
“I know what’s right” and so those might be some Barrier Labels. I also try
to think of some phrases or kind of maxims, or sayings that might capture
the essence of this. And so one of them that I came…I didn’t come up with this.
It says…This is Shakespeare: “This above all else, to thine own self be
true.” Another saying I heard of is “Self-assurance is not being proud of
yourself, it’s believing in yourself.” And then Rod and I were talking about this
earlier, there’s a kind of connection, I think, or similarity between the theme
Belief and Self-Assurance. Both have a certainty. One is more of
an internal certainty…that’s Self-Assurance. Belief is really a
certainty that people have in some kind of value or cause or purpose or
mission, but they might look similar sometimes, and maybe have a similar
feel to them. Let’s see. I…there’s a funny saying I
talk about sometimes and this to some degree is maybe more the
the Basement of Balcony, & it’s a book title that I heard. And this is a book
that was kind of written by Charles Barkley, And some
of you might have seen it if you watch basketball, the Final Four. He’s…I think he might have
some Self-Assurance. [laughs] But anyway he wrote a book one time
called, “I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It.” And I say that kind of captures the
attitude [laughs] that Self-Assurance can have sometimes. I think it’s also
important to understand that Self-Assurance is not a very frequent
theme. And our database of over 10 million people, and by the way we just passed
that mark not too long ago only 6% of it have it in their top 5.
So in other words, 6 out of every 100 people have this. So it’s not a frequently
found theme. It’s a rare theme. which is kind of interesting because I
think to some degree, especially in U.S. culture, independence seems to be
something that’s culturally valued, and I think to some degree, culturally
aspired to. So that’s just kind of an interesting thought. The theme that is
most likely paired, in other words, if a person has Self-Assurance high
what’s the theme that is most frequently also found in top 5, that would be
Strategic. And the themes that are least likely
paired with Self-Assurance, are the themes Developer and Empathy…both more external
in nature, whereas Self-Assurance tends to be a bit more internal in nature.

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