THE TRUTH ~ Myth #2: I MUST FIX MY WEAKNESSES

“Try harder! Work more! Take a class! Go to training! Practice!  – Just FIX YOUR WEAKNESSES!” Are these words familiar to you? Have you heard these phrases over and over again growing up? UGH! Here is the elephant in the room, “WE ALL have WEAKNESSES!” There, I said it! From a strengths-based perspective, a “weakness” is a shortage or misapplication of talent, skill, or knowledge that causes problems for you or others.  Another words, it is anything that gets in the way of excellent performance. Ignoring our weaknesses isn’t going to make them disappear. Rather, on the contrary, it will make them worse. So, yes, it is important to understand and acknowledge our own weaknesses. But, what is the Return on Investment (ROI) for fixating on our weaknesses? “A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do alone.” – Peter Drucker Well, that is a hard question to answer. With additional knowledge, practice, training and a little “luck,” we can improve our weaknesses. But, the bottom line is that our weaknesses will NEVER become our strengths. As defined by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton in Now, Discover Your Strengths, strength is “consistent near-perfect performance in an activity.” Certainly, turning a weakness into strength would be a “tall order to fill.” Weaknesses can be a number of things. I searched Google for a list of weaknesses just to see what I could find. Interestingly, most articles were about how to answer the infamous question, “What are your weaknesses?” and gave various advice on how to respond to this...

Poem: The Talent of a Butterfly

There she lay paralyzed by her own thoughts of weakness. She was unable to see the beauty of her own self-worth. Until, she heard a voice. Then suddenly, she uncloaked from beneath the dark shadows. This voice gently reminded her of her own unique talent. She began to stir. Standing tall, she stretched upwards and her wings unfolded. The light from above shimmered down upon her. There she stood filled with power, confidence and beauty! It was a sight that nobody would believe. Those wings were her talent that when used gave her strength. There was nothing standing in her way. She had unlocked the key to her truest potential. From there, she flew away! © BeckieJorgensen.com 2016 We all possess innate talents. We all have a unique calling. When we tap into our talents and develop them into strengths, we transform our lives to be the best of who we were born to be! – Beckie Jorgensen, Certified Strengths...

THE TRUTH ~ Myth #1: I SUCK! I AM NOT GOOD AT ANYTHING!

“You suck! You are not good at anything! You will never amount to anything! You have no talents!”  -OR- “I suck! I am not good at anything! I will never amount to anything! I have no talents!”   How many times have you heard people say this? How many people in your life have told you this? How many times have you said this to yourself? Well, what if I told you – scientifically, this is simply, humanly NOT TRUE? You may respond, “Yeah Right!”  “Whatever!” Do I have your attention yet? Before you read on, please take a moment to STOP everything you are doing. Please do not bypass this step. Take three deep breaths. As you breathe in, I want you to feel the energy of air filling your lungs. As you breath out, I want you to release any negative emotion or thought for the moment. Repeat 3 times … Now, you have permission to read on… If you are reading this right now, you are ALIVE and have a BRAIN, which means you are GOOD at something and that you have TALENTS! So reverse what I said, “scientifically, this is simply, humanly true!”  Let me prove it, in a simplified way, as I am not a scientist. From conception, our brain develops a hundred billion neurons, or cells that begin to build the raw material of the mind by creating connections called synapses. A synapse is a connection between two brain cells that enables the cells to communicate with one another. By age three, each of your hundred billion neurons have formed fifteen thousand synaptic connections with...

“Why Know Thy Talents?”

It is not about who you are not. It is who you are. It is not about what you need to fix. It is what you strengthen. It is not about what you did wrong. It is what you do right. It is not about learning something new. It is what you naturally do. It is not about a situation. It is your destination.  – Beckie Jorgensen,Certified Strengths...

Called to Coach with Beckie Jorgensen – Video Replay

On March 4, 2016, I appeared “live” on Called to Coach with Gallup to discuss my transformational journey as the result of discovering my talents, turning my talents into strengths, and the transformational journey that led to my decision to become a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Watch the video replay to gain insight into this amazing journey where I reveal tips on using StrengthsFinder and learn more about my new book Live Your Life ~ The Art of Leveraging Your Strengths to Live Your Purpose (available to order on Amazon.com).   ve Your Purpose (available on...