I know what you’re thinking.
What do I love? Well if I knew what I loved, I wouldn’t be here trying to figure this out, right? I’d be out doing it.
I know what you mean.
When people ask you ‘what do you love’ it sounds so huge that it’s really hard to put your arms around it. It’s the same thing when people say ‘what’s your passion?’
Love and Passion feel like really big words. They set the bar so high that sometimes you almost feel like something’s wrong with you if you don’t have an all-consuming passion.
Well the good news is there’s nothing wrong with you. You don’t need to have an all-consuming passion or love to create a CAREER that you love.
You just need to know what your TRUE strengths are.
The difference here is how you define a strength.
I know that traditionally … in the ‘real world’ … at work … when you’re getting performance reviews, or preparing your resume, strengths are often defined as something that you’re good at. And I think that’s a valid definition in certain contexts.
However, when it comes to career planning, career development, or even personal development, I recommend you think about strengths a little bit differently.
Here’s the way I recommend you look at a strength when it comes to getting clear on what you want to do in your career.
A STRENGTH IS SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG… whether you’re good at it or not.
So there’s a slight nuance there.
So traditionally, a strength is only something that you’re good at. But sometimes we’re good at things that actually don’t light us up.
I’m really good at math and spreadsheets. But I find it boring and it sucks up my energy. If I built a career around math and spreadsheets, I would not be happy BECAUSE, even though I’m good at it, it doesn’t make me feel strong. It doesn’t energize me. It doesn’t excite me when I’m doing it.
On the other hand, there are things that I really enjoy doing, but I’m not that great at them yet. For instance, I really enjoy updating my website. It’s creative, and also a puzzle that needs to be solved. For anyone who’s ever built a website you know not everything works the way it’s supposed to, so there’s always an opportunity to FIGURE THINGS OUT… and I really enjoy that.
So when you’re thinking about what you want your next career move to be, you want to be clear about the things that make you feel strong. They make you feel energized when you’re doing them. You’re really interested or intrigued by it. Maybe you lose time when you’re doing it because you’re so into it.
And these can be everyday things. Like teaching someone something. Or writing presentations. Or negotiating deals. Or leading meetings. Or analysing numbers. Or just figuring things out.
I want you to get really granular when you’re thinking about what makes you feel strong.
So take a second, right now, and just try to put yourself in the mindset of feeling strong. Think of something right now that YOU KNOW makes you feel strong when you’re doing it. I want you to remember what that’s like. Put yourself in that mindset.
Remember what it FEELS like. That’s the feeling that I want you to focus on when you’re making your list of the things that make you feel strong.
Which brings me to your assignment today.
In the worksheet today, you’re going to list the things that make you feel strong. But don’t worry if you can’t think of everything, there’s also some questions in there that will help you mine out some additional thoughts, and really get those ideas flowing.
So like I said in the welcome video, this is all about understanding what’s important to you. Getting clear on your career STARTS WITH getting clear on what’s important to you.
And a big part of what’s important to you is getting clear on what you’re doing when you feel strong.
Now…one last thing… you might be thinking, how did she get through a whole video about strengths and not talk about assessments.
That is a valid comment. Here’s my perspective.
Assessments are good insight. But they’re not going to give you the answer. You still have to do the work and make the decisions on what truly makes you FEEL strong. An assessment is not going to tell you how you FEEL. No matter how hard it tries.
Only you can do that.
So my recommendation is do the worksheet first. If you’re inclined, keep the worksheet live for all 8 days of this mini-course. Why? Because new ideas and insights are going to come up randomly in your brain now that you’ve opened the flood gates. You want to record those ideas and insights as they pop into your head.
And then, go ahead and do some assessments. They may give you some additional insights to consider. I’ll put the links in the EXTRA CREDIT section below.
If you have any questions, just reply to the email that got you here, or leave your questions in the comments. We will make sure you get the help you need to keep you moving forward through this course.
You have everything you need. That’s it for Day 2, and I’ll see you tomorrow.
1) Use the worksheet to mine out your TRUE strengths.
2) Share your aha moments in the comments!
Extra Credit for High-Achievers
1) Share your insights from this exercise in the comments. What are some strengths you never considered before?
2) Keep the List Live for the Full 7-days
3) Interested in taking some strengths assessments? There are two that I recommend. First start with the 16personalities Assessment. This is a FREE Myers Briggs-type assessment. You get so much good information with this assessment. I recommend giving it a try. But remember, it’s a tool that provides insights. It’s not necessarily 100% correct, and at the end of the day, you are in CONTROL of what feels right to you.
4) And then if you’re STILL looking for more insight, then try the Clifton Strengths Assessment. This is a paid assessment. There are two levels to choose from; an overview and a more comprehensive assessment. You can decide which one is right for you!
5) Subscribe to The Career Reset Podcast for weekly support on taking back control of your career
6) Check out this podcast episode to take this learning even further!
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