I coach people for a living as a PCC – Professional Certified Coach and GALLUP-Certified Strengths Coach.

And in every case, I have a simple goal: to help my client achieve a personal and professional breakthrough. In my view, nothing less than a significant breakthrough is worth the effort.

Of course, many times breakthroughs take some incremental change over time in their behavior, or a modest boost in sales, or even to become a marginally better leader.

I coach people who want a significant and substantial, dare I say life-altering, positive shift in their life and business.

I coach with people who have the courage to strive for and achieve a breakthrough.

The type of breakthrough is entirely up to them. Some want a personal breakthrough—to carve out substantially more time for family, to travel to exotic locations with the family, to expand career direction and success. Others want a professional breakthrough—to triple their sales, to lead a major new project, or to step into a senior leadership position. I challenge people to grow stronger, work smarter and live richer.

I have a relatively new client who told me that she doesn’t “believe” in assessments.  She believes that assessments actually pigeon hole people and can hold them back instead of propelling them forward because they think that whatever the assessment says that is what they are period, end of the sentence. 

Though she didn’t want to be pigeonholed, she took the CliftonStrengths assessment knowing in her words “it won’t work.”  When she received her results her top 5 were:

1.    Empathy

2.    Connectedness

3.    Input

4.    Developer

5.    Strategic

Her response was something along the lines of – how did they do this?  How did they get me like this?  After 40 years of studying human strengths, the CliftonStrengths assessment has it right, and she was amazed to see that.  Breakthrough #1

Even after breakthrough #1, there was still some hesitation as she wasn’t sure, even after reading through the reports on the Gallup, what should she do with these strengths.  Even though she agreed with the assessment, she wasn’t sure that they were strengths.  In her mind, if it was a strength, it had to be perfect.

In doing research as part of my Strengths Champion Certified Coach® Masterclass, she gained information regarding how CliftonStrengths looks at talents and strengths as potential.  It was then she realized that by identifying her top themes of talent, the CSF provides a starting point for her not an endpoint.  This assessment was not telling her – here are your top strengths now you need to use these some specific, prescribed way to improve your life.  She now saw her strengths as a pathway to grow in the things that she does well in life. She can take the things that she has learned about her strengths in all her reports and refine her strengths into a powerful part of her skills and knowledge.  Breakthrough #2

When I challenge people to grow stronger, work smarter and live richer I am talking about monetizing your strengths with my “live richer” part of my coaching system.  For her when she read this article she shifted her mindset from I know my strengths, to, I need to get to work using them.  She began to see her strengths as a growth opportunity, and especially that others would pay her for her strengths.  A new way to live richer.  Breakthrough #3

What about you?  Where do you want a breakthrough? To Grow Stronger, Work Smarter, or Live Richer?

Go ahead and schedule your complimentary Ask Brent Anything call to help you breakthrough in 2019.

One of my favorite quotes says “What makes you STRONG sometimes makes you STRANGE. What makes you STRANGE, also makes you STANDOUT.” Give that a minute to sink in. Most of us don’t want to think of as strange but we do want to be strong, and we do want to stand out. With the new year here a lot us are making resolutions and setting our goals for the next year. When you are trying to decide what you should do during 2019 that will make you strong and stand out on what are you basing those decisions? Are you looking at what makes you strange to make those decisions?

My guess is probably not. What would happen if you did? What if you stopped for a minute and took a look at you and took inventory of what makes you “strange” – what makes you uniquely you and thus gives you your unique talents. When you begin to tap into your unique talents, you will find insights into your life that will change the way you live and have a fantastic impact on how you will live the rest of your life.

We have a tendency to see creating resolutions or setting goals as an opportunity to “fix” what is wrong with us. Our financial situation, our weight, our relationships, our jobs, and the list goes on and on. We seemed to be able to look at what is wrong with us a lot easier than we look at what is right. After the first few weeks we give up on the goals and resolutions, and we are right back where we were. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we try to motivate ourselves out of our perceived weaknesses?

You will find the most significant areas of growth and the desire to live in those areas if you begin with your strengths in mind. In your strengths, you will find your most natural self, and you will not be trying to improve what you see as a weakness but work in the areas of your life where you are strong, and your natural rhythms flow. What sets your soul on fire? What makes you want to learn more about it and grow in it? What connects you to you at a deeper level than ever before? That is what you are looking for. Author and founder North Point Ministries Andy Stanley says “Your time is like currency it is limited, and it is valuable. You need to invest it and not just spend it.” Just like you invest your money in yourself, invest your time in yourself.

Now that you have found these elusive things – what do you do with them? Use them to inspire your actions. Take your top five strengths and create your action plan to reach your goals. How will each of your strengths support the work you want to toward your goal? Work in those strengths not to fix something broken but to become the person you want to be and be that person every day. Don’t look at them as these are my goals and I have to meet but view them as an intentional part of your life from this day forward.

Where do you want to invest in you in 2019? Think about your top 5 strengths and create your action plan based on these strengths to move forward on this investment. Need some assistance re-framing your mindset this way and get moving on that action plan? Need to know what your top 5 strengths are? Set up your Ask Brent Anything call and let’s get you started strong for 2019.