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My January Strengths Work
This month, I am launching a new online programme. Although the
content is my tried and tested methodology that I use with my 121 coaching
clients in our “Create a Career You Love” coaching programmes, this is the
first time that I’ve run it as an online programme. I am nervous and excited in
equal measure (you know how those two emotions feel the same – butterflies in
You may remember that I launched a different online programme last
year called Make it Happen. Because I launched Make it Happen last year, I am
an “experienced” course creator i.e. I know how much work is going to be
involved in this launch, both in the marketing and the delivery. My husband
even asked when the launch date is so he could be forewarned of when I would be
grumpy (as if!!!!).
Anyway, suffice it to say that I am going to need to summon up
some of my trusty and reliable Realised Strengths for this project. I will be
looking to combine a number of my Realised Strengths, making sure that I dial
them up when I need them. I also will want to ensure that I don’t overly rely
on my Learned Behaviours because they can drain my energy. I only have them in
reserve for when I absolutely need them. Having completed a new Strengths
Profile in December, I have the luxury of being able to dip into this report to
see what I have in my kit bag.
Lean in to my Realised Strengths
As you know, a Realised Strength is something that you are good
at, you get energy from and you’re currently using. Luckily, at the moment I
seem to be using a lot of my strengths as I have 25 Realised Strengths to draw
upon. The ones that stand out for me as I venture in to this new(ish) world of
online programmes are: Courage; Adventure; Change Agent; Action; Resolver;
Creativity & Service.
Even if the butterflies feel more like nerves than excitement on
some days, when I read these strengths, I have confidence in my abilities to
deliver this programme. If all else fails, I also have Optimism, Humour and
Bounce-back to back me up.
I have put these Realised Strengths onto post-it notes and put
them near my workstation so that I can see them every day. These are the
strengths that will see me thrive in January.
Be aware of my Learned Behaviours
As you know, a Learned Behaviour is something you are good at but
that can drain your energy if you rely on it too much. Ideally, we don’t rely
on them. However, I know that there are certain Learned Behaviours that I will
need to use this month to make this programme launch happen. These are:
Organiser, Pride, Detail and Prevention. As long as I am intentional about when
I need to use these skills and how I am going to re-energise myself afterwards,
using these Learned Behaviours this month will be OK. Besides, I can now
delegate some of these things to Emily, my Passionate PA. And, if the launch
goes well, I can delegate even more of them next time!!
What you could do now
Have a look at your intentions or goals for January. Will you be
stretching yourself this month?
If the answer is yes, then I recommend that you dip into your
Realised Strengths and see which ones you can combine to ensure you remain
energised. Put them on Post-It notes and put them somewhere that you will see
them every day. This will remind you that you have the skills and abilities to
achieve your goals and help you to lean into your energising strengths every
If the answer is no and you’re choosing to ease gently into 2021,
perhaps you can take some inspiration from your Unrealised Strengths (things
you’re good at and that energise you but you’re not using them right now) and
see which of them you’d like to try to use more this year? You could set an
achievement or habit goal for the year that will incorporate one of these
Unrealised Strengths to bring you more energy in 2021.
As ever, please do get in touch with any questions or comments if
you’d like to explore your strengths a little further.
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