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Now’s the time to identify your strengths

Now’s the time to identify your strengths

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Timing is everything

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second-best time is now” Chinese proverb

If you’re asking yourself when you should start your strengths journey, the answer is “right now”. And to help you get started, check out the two free offers below. Firstly, get your Strengths Profile, then learn how to interpret and apply it to get more ‘zing’ in your life and work.

Free Strengths Profiles: available to everyone

The generous team behind Strengths Profile are offering free Introductory Profiles to anyone who wants one, until 31st January 2021.

All you have to do is follow the link below, create a free account (if you don’t already have one), and take the online assessment.

Free mini-debrief: only 10 bookings available

Normally, the debrief session for an Introductory Strengths Profile is valued at several hundred dollars. But in light of the generosity of the team at Strengths Profile, I am offering a free, 15-minute mini-debrief to the first 10 people who book with me.

This session will introduce you to the main principles of the Strength Profile, and kick-start the process of unlocking the unique and powerful insights that your profile provides.

Make your booking

It’s quick and easy to book with me using the widget below. Just be sure to select “Strengths Profile mini-debrief” to access your free consultation.

I recommend booking as soon as you can, because these offers get snapped up quickly! You can book with me before doing the online assessment – just be sure to complete it at least 24 hours before our session. I’ll be in touch once you’ve booked your session to let you know how to share your report with me.

What's my expertise?

I am an accredited Strengths Profile practitioner, and an experienced leader, manager and coach. I have plenty of experience in working with human “stuff”; none of us is perfect, and from time to time, we all need support, ranging from compassionate listening to a gentle nudge to full accountability.

I use my knowledge, experience and intuition to guide my work. My clients regularly use words like “inspirational”, “insightful” and “big picture thinker” to describe how I operate.

I love nothing more than seeing people playing to their strengths, seizing their opportunities and unleashing their potential.

The coaching session was a wonderful experience; Daria created a safe space for me to understand myself better and help me gain greater self-awareness and insight. It was well-paced - it didn’t feel rushed, nor did it feel drawn out. I felt like I had plenty of time to consider Daria’s questions and respond in my own way. Her rephrasing and observations made me feel that she was really listening and seeking to understand with curiosity.  Daria is well-equipped to help her clients develop and grow to be a better form of themselves.
Carley Nicholson
General Manager

What else should I know about strengths?

I am fully committed to sharing my knowledge about and experience of the power of the strengths-based approach. Below are several articles I have written about working with strengths and dealing with weaknesses.

Bookmark my Posts page or follow my social media accounts to keep up to date with what I’m sharing.

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Unrealised strengths: how to ignite your every endeavour

Unrealised strengths: how to ignite your every endeavour

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The world is slowing waking up to the idea that working with our strengths is a far more enjoyable, interesting and productive approach than focusing on fixing our weaknesses. For the same amount of time and energy, we get far greater results when working with our strengths than trying to drag our weaknesses up to a slightly higher level.

Strengths-based systems and practitioners abound – they’ll help you work out which strengths you’re already using, so you can do more of those things. But what many systems and practitioners miss is the massive opportunity that lives in our unrealised strengths.

What is an unrealised strength?

In the Strengths Profile, an unrealised strength is defined as something that you are good at, that energises you, but you don’t do or use frequently.

Contrast this with a realised strength, which is something you are good at, that energises you, and that you do or use on a regular basis.

Why am I so excited about unrealised strengths?

I was introduced to the concept of unrealised strengths via the fantastic tool that is the Strengths Profile. It is such a powerful concept – being able to apply it in my own life is making a significant and extremely positive difference to the way I live and work. Because of the positive impact it is having on me, I’m keen to share it with the world!

First, a word on realised strengths

Realised strengths are great – they give us a sense of energy, engagement and accomplishment, and because we use them regularly, we get to feel those things frequently. You’re already getting goodness from your realised strengths. And you might not even realise they are strengths, because they feel so natural and normal, it’s hard to believe that not everyone has the same strengths.

Now, about those unrealised strengths

Unrealised strengths, on the other hand, have so much potential to add even more energy, engagement and accomplishment to our lives. How? Well, we don’t use them frequently, so we don’t often get to experience the energy and goodness that they bring. And the beauty of them being unrealised strengths is that we are already good at these things, and they energise us – they are a giant pot of gold, a reservoir of opportunity just waiting for us to dig in! 

When we start to use our unrealised strengths, it’s like reaching through a portal to another dimension, with vastly more energy, engagement and accomplishment available to us. Without any significant effort, we can draw on our unrealised strengths and ignite our every endeavour by using what we are already good at.

How do I work out what my unrealised strengths are?

This is a tricky one. Working out our realised strengths is usually pretty easy – we can look at how we work and live, where we get our greatest results, and what makes us “zing”. We can also ask people around us what they see.

But unrealised strengths can fly under the radar – because we aren’t regularly using them, we don’t have many opportunities to identify them. So it can take a long time to uncover them, and it can be really hit-and-miss, particularly if your daily activities don’t naturally lend themselves to expressing your unrealised strengths.

The best way I know how to tease them out is via the Strengths Profile online assessment. The assessment identifies your realised and unrealised strengths, along with your weaknesses and learned behaviours. The greatest value comes when you understand what falls into each category, and how you can work with each category to maximise your energy, engagement and accomplishment.

I’m an accredited Strengths Profile practitioner, and would love to help you out with this. You can reach me by phone, email, or via my contact page.

What do I do once I know what my unrealised strengths are?

First things first: you don’t try to use all of them in one go!

When we’re cooking, we don’t use every single herb and spice in the pantry – we select the right combination that suits the dish we’re making. The same thing goes with strengths – we unleash magic when we select the right combination of realised and unrealised strengths, based on the outcomes we seek.

So, we look at an area of our lives or work where we want some positive change. Then, we review our realised and unrealised strengths, and look for the ones we think are most likely to help us along the way. A great place to start is to pair up an unrealised strength with a realised strength – for example, if you add an unrealised strength of Narrator to a realised strength of Writer, you might practice writing stories where you otherwise might concentrate only on factual, technical reporting.

As with everything in life, this is partly data-driven, partly intuitive, and 100% an experiment. That means that if we don’t get the results we seek from the first combination we try, we go back to our lists, select a new combination, and try again.

Going back to the cooking analogy – when you first start cooking, you can either try out every combination of herbs and spices until you hit on the right combination, or you can seek guidance from experienced chefs, who have already tried the combinations and learned what’s more likely to work well together, and in what proportions.

The same goes with strengths – the mere fact of having a “menu” of strengths to choose from doesn’t automatically guarantee results. Working with a coach who knows and understands the variety of strengths, which ones tend to work well together, and what proportion to use them in gives you a much greater chance of getting the energy, engagement and accomplishment you’re seeking, to ignite your endeavours and achieve your goals.

The 90 second video below has a range of suggestions for how you can use your unrealised strengths more.

Getting your (free, for a short time!) Strengths Profile

If you’re ready to start your strengths journey to more energy, engagement and accomplishment, let’s talk! There are several options tailored for wherever you’re starting from. And for a short time, you can access an introductory Strengths Profile for free, thanks to the generosity of the team at Cappfinity!

Click here to get your Strengths Profile assessment (and feel free to share the link with others who you think might benefit!). Then get in touch with me by phone, email, or via my contact page – I’m offering the first 10 people who book with me a free 15 minute mini-consult to help you interpret the report and apply it to your life.

I know that once you start on the strengths journey, you’ll never look at yourself (or other people) the same way again! It really is a transformative tool and I’m excited to share it with you, so that you can experience the results for yourself.

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