You absolutely can hack your life. You absolutely can find where your unique awesomeness lies and you absolutely can create a life that gives you more meaning and satisfaction!
In fact, people who actively work with their strengths report an astonishing THREE TIMES higher likelihood of having an excellent quality of life, and report six times higher engagement with their work.
This “quality of life” piece is what has completely enraptured me with the CliftonStrengths assessment.
It all begins with knowing yourself better…
Once upon a time, I held a position that for all intents and purposes should have been completely energizing for me. The title had led me to believe that I’d be given the latitude to have a big, meaningful impact! I was excited.
However, the title was one thing, but the workplace culture was another thing altogether. It took a lot of politicking to get any headway, and I soon began to feel like my role was not seriously taken by the leadership but that it just looked good on paper to have someone with my title on the team.
Much later, after I had moved on to a different organization, I finally realized what made that season of my life so particularly frustrating. My top talent theme is Futuristic. People with this talent are always dreaming of what is possible. We aren’t satisfied with “good enough.” We don’t see things as static, we know there’s always something to strive for and we love the pursuit of dynamic change for change and improvement’s sake.
In my previous role, I felt stuck, thwarted even. I had expected to be a position where I could apply my Futuristic talent, yet I mostly felt like I was pushing a boulder uphill. Where I saw opportunities for meaningful change in line with the mission of the organization, the key stakeholders were actually pretty satisfied with the status quo. Fundamentally it was a mismatch, and eventually, I needed to move on.
Once I learned more about my strengths and experienced the joy of using them in my work, it clicked! In an environment where I was able to dream, identify ways to improve, and then act on those ideas, I was monumentally happier and energized! It was night and day and taught me a valuable lesson about knowing myself, what I bring, and also asking deeper questions about workplace culture so that I could prevent such a painful mismatch in the future.
Once you discover where your natural talents lie, it’s much easier to roadmap yourself into situations where you put your talents front and center.
The results? Increased engagement in your work and overall excellent quality of life. This translates to happiness, ease, satisfaction, joy. You deserve to experience all of this.
Message me if you’re ready to learn how to purposefully apply your strengths.
Emily is a certified and trauma-aware life coach, specializing in breakthrough experiences.