I was speaking with one of my coaching clients this week about all the fear that is surrounding us lately. The financial climate, the upcoming election, all of the regular stuff that just happens. What are we to do? How can we keep ourselves steady in the face of all this unsettling news?
One thing that always works for me is to laugh and have fun. I suggest you keep your social life alive and stay in touch with friends! I had an opportunity to do just that last week at the Pathways to Success Conference for Women presented by Women in Leadership of Central Illinois and NAWBO. There’s nothing like great shopping at a silent auction, good food, a nice glass of wine, timely information and entertainment from speakers, and meeting with new and old friends to reconnect and remember why we’re in business. I even won the centerpiece!
Another thing I know is that we must rely on ourselves. Not just our colleagues, friends, and family, but ourselves. And we can do that by focusing on our strengths. We have natural talents and strengths that can never be taken away from us. This, my friends, is a powerful notion. The idea of identifying and using our strengths rather than beating ourselves up about our weaknesses is really catching on. I’m hearing more and more about it all the time. And what I realize, after working with clients and seminar participants to identify theirs, is that we are slow to embrace them. It is still a lot easier, more natural maybe, to focus on what we don’t do well instead of what we do.
My recommendation is to invest in yourself and purchase the book, StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (about $14 on Amazon) and take the short assessment on line. When you get your strengths report, you will have a list of your top 5 strengths as well as 10 things to do to better utilize all 5. Keep your list handy. Read over them everyday until you are very comfortable with the descriptions. Choose 2 or 3 of the 10 things you can do to improve and make a plan about how you would implement these suggestions and how you are going to assess your growth. Allow this plan to take you into the new year. Rather than make an empty resolution, commit to following your plan to grow your strengths.
And if you find that it’s challenging to take the time on your own to follow through, call me. Scroll up to the top of this page and click on the Special Offer tab. It is an end-of-the-year package of 3 coaching calls that will help you do just what I’m talking about. I’ll even buy you the book! For WIL members who participate, I will contribute a percentage of the fee to our scholarship fund. In this way you’ll be investing in yourself and in the future of another woman in leadership.
It’s good to remember we don’t have to do it alone!