The Strengths Revolution – Part 1

One of the key elements of feeling inspired about your work and enthusiastic at work is the ability to know and use your personal strengths on a daily basis. Sadly, most people either don’t know or don’t use their strengths at work. According to research done by the Gallup Organization, only 17% of people are able to put their strengths to work on a daily basis. What about you? How often do you use your strengths at work?

If you’d like to explore more about the “Strengths Revolution” (coined by Donald Clifton and Marcus Buckingham), and learn what your strengths are, my favorite books are Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and StrengthsFinder2.0 by Tom Rath. Both books include a coupon to take a “Strengths Profile” that over 2 million people have taken on the Gallup website (be sure to check the book to make sure the coupon is there. My coupon was ripped out, which I didn’t discover until I got to my computer to enter it). What you’ll learn about yourself is more than worth

If you want a simple Strengths Theory explanation and easy reading to discover your strengths or help a teen discover theirs, definitely pick up The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success by Buckingham. Not only is it an engaging read, you’ll find yourself excited to answer his questions. Plus, it’s the kind of book you’ll go back to again and again for quick reminders on how to make the most of your day by being your best.

According to Buckingham, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting last year, here is the best advice you’ll ever get:

  1. Performance is always the point…so don’t expect your organization to know you like you do.
  2. Your strengths aren’t what you’re good at and your weaknesses aren’t what you’re bad at…so you’d better find out what your real strengths are.
  3. When it comes to your job the “What” always trumps the “Why” and the “Who”…so always ask, “What will I be paid to do?”
  4. You’ll never find the perfect job…so every week, for the rest of your life, write your Strong Week Plan.
  5. You’ll never turn your weaknesses into strengths…so fess up to your weaknesses and then neutralize them.

Take the time to identify your strengths and you’ll find yourself taking more inspired action and creating remarkable results at work and in the every area of your life.

Tap into Your EnthusiMaster!

This morning at the gym in my yoga class I was in the middle of our final meditation when I heard a voice within say, “This is sooooooooo good!”

Because I’ve learned how much wisdom these inner voices can offer when I pay attention and listen, I responded silently to the voice, “Who are you?” I heard this joyful reply, “I am your EnthusiMaster!”

EnthusiMaster! What a hoot! I’ve used a StairMaster, but an EnthusiMaster? I laughed out loud and smiled the remainder of the meditation. I couldn’t have consciously conjured up this image if I tried, and yet out of the depths of my subconscious comes a perfect description for that part of us that loves exercising our joy muscles by tapping into our natural enthusiasm for the activities, people, ideas, and dreams that give us energy and allow us to feel happy.

What’s even more fun is that for the past several weeks I’ve been working long hours on a new website that highlights my new enthusiasm self-coaching program (subscribe to this blog) and you’ll be notified). This EnthusiMaster is a perfect reminder of the gifts that arise from cogitating deeply on something that fascinates you.

Where is your EnthusiMaster hiding? What fascinating ideas, dreams, or projects are waiting for you to bring your EnthusiMaster to life? If you’d like help tapping into your Creative Source and natural enthusiasm to manifest a dream or project faster and with more fun, email me at mary (at) marymarcdante.com and let’s set up a introductory coaching session to make that happen.