What is a strength & how can you uncover yours?
Knowing your Individual Strengths and who you are through your intrinsic motivators, your unique Strengths, is one of the greatest ways to invest in your future. To be interdependent within yourself is to recognise what value you intrinsically contribute to the world, through your innate Strengths, and where you need to rely on others to compliment your patterns of non-Strengths.
Once you begin to recognise who you are, as well as whom you are not, self acceptance becomes a possibility and with this, the ability and intention to remain internally balanced, a state that leaves you free to interact with others without negative triggers, leaving you energised and enthused about life and free to be all you can become.
Understanding your Strengths gives you the confidence to choose roles and environments that fit who you uniquely are, congruent with your values, and set goals and journeys to achieve the things you have dreamt of, including aligning and gaining an understanding of your life purpose.
When you add skills and knowledge to your unique Strengths you learn much quicker, are more energised around what you are learning and doing, and feel an immense sense of ‘participating in the right thing’. Doing what is right for your unique set of Strengths is like planting and nurturing the right tree in the right soil and adding water and fertiliser that is right for you.
We begin with your Strengths Assessment and thereafter I work with you through Strengths Awareness Sessions and Coaching. You decide how you would like to utilise the Coaching Sessions and these can be for a multitude of reasons, too many to mention here, but may include career change, addressing limiting beliefs and creating purposeful step-by-step plans to uncover and achieve your goals - all with a focus on both Strengths and Interdependence.
The sooner we are introduced to this the less time it will take to unlearn negative patterns of behaviour. This is why I like to work with young people from age 14yrs +.
Strengths Student Coaching
Not having heard of Strengths, this was a totally new process for all of us.
"Sam, your knowledge and ability is amazing. I was struck by how easily you can get to the depth of understanding of a person and also the ease with which you can quickly listen, analyse, interpret and articulate. So I came away in awe of your skills and how you are utilising these to assist people - what a gift."
On top of this, was the embracing of a new idea/process and the consequent further understanding of our son - both appreciation of his unique strengths and how we can relate better to him in the future by understanding how he 'ticks'. It is always difficult to define people, due to their complicated multifaceted nature, but interestingly I found, as an initial observation, that the strengths assessment seems to inform this and be able to provide, in words, what one inherently knows about one's child. As a parent, one 'senses' these things and acts accordingly, but perhaps isn't sensitised toward an appropriate action/reaction due to a limited clarity of understanding. I have always avoided 'boxing' people with labels but in some way definitions such as those identified in the Strengths Assessment can be useful in order to understand oneself, and others, and thus build relationships better. Certainly what has come out of our son's assessment seems to prove that any work in furthering this understanding is very worthwhile.
"I came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of you, and our son."
What is a Strength?
Strengths are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour that can be productively applied to specific activities and roles which create high Energy and Performance for you and others.
We use the Strengths Finder Assessment to un-lock your Strengths. The assessment is made up of 34 Strengths. Your top 5 report gives those Strengths you use every day. Your 34 report highlights up to 12-15 Strengths as well as your areas of non-Strengths. These are your blind-spot. It is impossible to be good at everything. By partnering with someone who has your blindspots, you enable them, to bring their top Strengths.
Strengths are those things you do naturally, on a daily basis, without even thinking - how you think, feel & behave. Add to these skills, knowledge and passion and you'll start to uncover those things which you love to do every day.
These are the things that when you are busy doing them, you'll lose all track of time, getting lost in the moment. We as Strengths Coaches, call this being in the flow. When you're in the flow, you're doing that which you do best, that which you love, and could easily commit to do even if you weren't getting paid.
A strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity. The key to building a strength is to identify your dominant talents, (using our online assessment) then compliment these talents by acquiring knowledge and skills pertinent to the activity.
No one in the world is quite like you
The chance of finding someone with the same top ten innate Strengths as you in the same order as yours is one in 476 Trillion. When you add to this your upbringing, you are totally unique.
What is that one thing, you do better than thousands of others?
If you've ever wondered what you're good at, why you do the things you do, think the way you do, feel the way you do, who you are? you'll realise, after having unlocked your strengths, these are as innately entrenched into your person as your own DNA.