A core part of holistic life coaching is to work with you to develop a deep understanding of your strengths and how they shape your expectations, thoughts, actions and responses to the world. Then we work out how to leverage them in the situation that is holding you back in your life.
Clarifying and concentrating your talents is also a simple – though not always easy — way to streamline your life and deal with the situation that is holding you back. It will also save you time,energy and strengthen your resilience.
Clarifying your strengths improves the way you manage key relationships at work and home by refining yourself-awareness and your awareness of how others function in their world, and in your world.
By clarifying your strengths it gets much easier to select the tasks to do and how to do them. Knowing your strengths makes it easier to adapt to changes in your workplace and the way your work is done.
Benefits of continued strengths work
In the medium term, holistic life coaching contributes to an improvement in self-awareness and decision-making, and that makes life so much easier for you when you are working towards getting on the same page with others about who you are, what you need, what you want and what’s important to you.
Long-term it produces satisfactions and efficiencies you may have only experienced fleetingly in the past. These satisfactions and efficiencies are a benefit of living your life with authenticity as a moral ideal in conjunction with a strengths focus as an organising principle. Strengths work can also be used as a guide in authenticity grounding dreamwork.
Giving strengths an organising principle role in your life is about setting you free after years of servitude.It is not about righting wrongs, or reversing the injustices you have to deal with in your niche. It is about setting you free from situations that have plagued you for years because you didn’t know how to deal with all the complexities that can arise when you are being made to fit other people’s box.
Putting strengths at the forefront or how you operate gives you the confidence to cut through time sucks your way – the purely authentic way that people have to accept, to accept you.
Taking the top 5 of 34 talents themes of the Clifton StrengthsFinder® and understanding how they work for you is like developing extra-sensory perception and exceptional skill execution strengths. Just as blind people often have heightened sensory perception in their other senses, we all have talent themes we are hopeless at, they are our weaknesses. Walt Disney was exceptionally creative and only survived in business because he press-ganged his brother into running the company and solving all the financial problems Walt’s inability to budget or stick to a budget created.
Letting your strengths become an organising principle in your life is living the idea that by concentrating on your top 5 talent themes you can identify and articulate the strengths you can develop exponentially. The countering idea, found in many managerial approaches, is to identify what you are not doing well, and put the focus on improving your performance in that area. The strengths approach takes the view that a person can improve poor performance only marginally because it is a weakness, something they just aren’t very good at. Whereas strengths are often under-developed because they are patterns of thinking, feeling and action that a person does automatically. Sometimes you may even think of one of your primary strengths and areas for exponential growth to be a weakness because of the way people have criticised that behaviour over your whole life.
Your Strengths Have Been With You a Long Time
Perfect pitch was once thought of as an extremely rare talent. It turns out it can be trained into almost any child. However, only if the training technique is implemented before they turn 6. After that it is much more difficult. The theory of talents is that your unique position in life from birth to age 6 or 8 has given you some areas of strength and other areas that are either weaknesses or have not been initiated. Talent is nature and nurture, what you respond to in early life plays some role in the way you think and feel, along with your unique person.
If you want to devote yourself to fixing deficits you are unlikely to become exceptional at anything. And in today’s world of work, and society at large, it pays to be really good at something to maintain networks and employability.
So why talents? because if you want to be doing what you do best to serve your family, community or employer, it pays to concentrate on those areas that will improve the most when you apply what time and energy you have to spare for personal growth work. The upshot is, in a world that is constantly changing and in a state of flux, knowing your strengths gives you the confidence to articulate what you do really well when you are networking or interviewing for your next role.