CLARITY ~ CONFIDENCE ~ CALM

I was asked this question recently, “How would someone know that you purposefully and intentionally develop and live your strengths?” It took a lot of strategic thinking on my part to figure out a way to not only respond, but to demonstrate in writing what “purposefully and intentionally” living your strengths meant. I took out my StrengthsFinder Insight Report and, once again, completed the activity of underlining the phrases and words that most resonated with me in each of my top 5 Talent Themes. This was about the third or fourth time I completed this exact task. But, this time, I viewed my report through a different lens. I began to see patterns that I did not see before by simply referring to the question at hand. I dissected my report into categories: What I do, How I do it, and Why. As I began to type out the phrases and words under each category, I realized something was missing. There were highlighted phrases that did not fit within those 3 categories, but were important to me. After studying each theme again, the realization of my fourth category became clear, What makes me unique? I remembered a phrase my Alignment Coach, Kyle, used to refer to a lot. He called it the 3 C’s: Clarity, Confidence, and Calm. In that moment, I felt an overwhelming sense of emotion. The answers I have been looking for within were right there in front of my face: my WHY, my PURPOSE, how I use my strengths to be my BEST SELF, and most importantly what makes me UNIQUE.  All of a sudden,...

Confront Your Real Story Part 2: The Power of Persistence

On July 13, 2015, I shared a link on Facebook, Step-By-Step Blueprint to Monetize Your Message by Ted McGrath. This was a 3 part video series. Mr. McGrath shared in his Message 2 Millions about the power of story and a four step formula to create your story: The Power of Story The Call – Every story has a Hero. The call is the Hero’s journey. The Pit – Depths of darkness. Your private thoughts of despair. The power of vulnerability. The Search – Searching for the solution or the big breakthrough. Break Through Moment – “Freedom!” His message reached the depths of my soul. That afternoon, I wrote a Blog – “Confront Your Real Story: Get Rid of the Ghost.” This was a very vulnerable moment for me. It was the first time that I ever wrote about and confronted my past. My very own personal story exposed to all who chose to read it. Today, I began THE SEARCH. I am not exactly sure how this happened, but I went through my emails and chose to open one from Michael Hyatt. I started to look through his podcast series and found this: “The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed: 6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit.” As I listened to this podcast, I wrote down his 6 steps to persistence: Break your project into smaller goals. Keep the end in mind. Improve your pace and renew your enthusiasm. Run and walk. There has to be recovery time even in the pursuit of a big goal. Kill the distractions. Stay focused. Change...

Confront Your Real Story: Get Rid of the Ghost

“There’s a loneliness that only exists in one’s mind. The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their world fall apart, and all they could do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Have you ever felt like you were losing hope? A point to where your mind cannot shut down the racing thoughts of fear, doubt, and inadequacy? All you do is sit and stare. You are exhausted, feel empty, alone, and trapped like a prisoner in your own body. Positive thoughts quickly turn to despair. Inside, your heart hurts. The pain spreads to your muscles, joints, and bones. You no longer have goals, lost all passion for the things you love, cannot focus on work, and begin to walk through life as if you are a ghost.  “I walk around the world like a ghost, and sometimes I question whether I even exist. Whether I’ve ever existed at all.” – Paul Auster, From Travels in the Scriptorium You are invisible. Nobody can see you’re in pain. You hide from others too withdrawn to interact and put a smile on.  You are a person who has given so much of yourself to others that you have no identity left. You no longer know who you are, where you are going, or where to turn. Relationships continue to fail because your expectations of yourself and others are too high. Scars once healed are repeatedly re-opened. You feel cold, unlovable, and abandoned by those closest to you.  “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never...

The Major Missing Point That Should Keep CEO’s Up at Night

A couple of days ago, I was doing research in preparation for developing a survey. So I Googled, “What Keeps CEOs Up at Night?” Several articles came up and videos about this topic. As I read through the articles and listened to the videos, I made the following list: What Keeps CEO’s Up at Night Feeling overwhelmed with own to do list Cybersecurity Retention Engaged workforce Aging workforce Talent management Talent pipeline Operating in a fast paced global marketplace Setting direction and tone for company Maintaining consistent company culture across different regions Leading company amid shifting regulations and legislation Setting priorities Setting others up for success Negative surprise Lack of meaningful data in the organization Performance of Executive team Executive team not acting with urgency Lack of control over company direction Having an aligned strategy Innovation – staying relevant Finding and cultivating talent Monetary stability Keeping the peace Customer satisfaction State of economy This is a pretty big list of concerns that surely would keep me awake at night too. But, there is one MAJOR point missing. Do you have the right people in manager roles? In the State of the American Manager (2015), Gallup has uncovered that organizations fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the manager job a whopping 82% of the time. This is a staggering statistic. Even worse news, Gallup has found that only 10% of working people possess the talent to be a great manager. Gallup defines “talent” as the natural capacity for excellence. Talents are innate and are the building blocks of great performance. Knowledge, experience and skills develop our talents into...