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Strengths Are Like Superpowers, Master Yours (Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 4)

February 22, 2010

By Lori Howard

Live A Better Life Newsletter
(Tools and Tips for Intentional Living)

Volume 2 Issue 4, February 22, 2010
Strengths Are Like Superpowers, Master Yours

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Strengths Are Like Superpowers, Master Yours
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Strengths Are Like Superpowers, Master Yours

No matter what your life, your dreams, it is important to know what you do well.  What are your strengths?  Do you know? 

I like to think of strengths as our very own superpowers.  We must know how to use them.  We can use them for good or for evil.  We can use them to pursue our own goals and dreams and to help others.

If we haven’t mastered our strengths, if we don’t know how to wield them effectively for our purposes, they can become our weaknesses and undermine us.

Think of someone you know who is very observant and detail oriented.  They do precision work.  They obsess over quality.  We need these people, we need these skills – they give us quality work and beautiful things.  But these same attributes, applied to the wrong situation, can suddenly become a drag.  Overly analytical, slowing down progress, giving us a detailed price analysis when all we need is a quick “finger in the wind” estimate.  You see?  Good vs. evil.  Superpower to Achilles’ heel, because the person didn’t know any better. 

So what can you do?  How do you master your strengths? 

Step 1: Know your strengths – by name.  What are you good at?  Do you know?  One quick way to find out is to ask the people who know you, who have some experience of you, in whom you trust.  Try this quick assessment: Send an email to 3-5 friends or coworkers and ask them what are your top 3 strengths and your top 3 skills.  Let’s define strength as a character trait that you possess, and let’s define skill as something you do well. 

Want a more scientific approach to finding out your strengths?  Pick up a copy of Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath, and you’ll have access to your own personal strengths assessment based on their extensive research.

Step 2:  Now that you know your strengths, be conscious of when you use them throughout your day.  Select one strength to focus on over the course of your day.  Ask yourself: is this attribute needed here?  Does this situation benefit from me engaging this strength?

Also notice when you DON’T use it.  Ask yourself the same questions: Is this attribute needed here?  Would this situation benefit from me engaging this strength? Would using this strength make it worse?

Step 3: Take one whole week and practice the use of that one strength.  Look for opportunities to use it, and observe the results.  Focus on mastering your strength, learning when to use it, when it helps, and when it doesn’t. 

Step 4:  Repeat for Step 3 for each of your strengths over the next month or two.  Master your superpowers.

Now, what are your strengths? Your superpowers? I invite you to discover your own strengths and practice using them.  Then, visit my blog to share what you learn as you master your own superpowers.

Post your thoughts below!

Recommended Resources

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a link to the StrengthsFinder 2.0 website, so here it is: www.strengthsfinder.com.  It’s one of the few assessments with some research behind it that you can take yourself. 

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I welcome your feedback, comments and questions. Also, if you’re interested in contributing to this Newsletter, email me your submissions.

Tell me what you think about this newsletter by posting a comment below.

website: www.coachforabetterlife.com
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email: Lori@CoachforaBetterLife.com

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How to Find Your Passion (Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 3)

January 18, 2010

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Volume 2 Issue 3, January 18, 2010
How to Find Your Passion
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Happy 2010!
How to Find Your Passion
Recommended Resources
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Happy 2010!

Do you know what your dreams are?  If you want to make 2010 better by pursuing your passion, your dream, but don’t know what that is, this issue is for you. I have a collection of exercises I have successfully used with clients in our one-on-one sessions. This month, I share my favorite one with you.

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Take Time to Reflect

December 14, 2009

We are nearing 2010, can you believe it? Amid the holiday chaos we all experience, it’s good to steal some spare moments and reflect on how the year has gone.

  • What were your goals for 2009? Think back on what you hoped for, dreamed for, and set out to achieve this year.
  • What did you accomplish in 2009? Consider what you actually got done. How do you feel about those things?
  • What did you overcome in 2009? Life always hands us challenges, obstacles, opportunities. What were yours this past year?
  • What were your pleasant surprises in 2009? Life also brings us gifts, unexpected treasures. Did you take note of them? You might even think of these as blessings.
  • Now the tough question – what did you fail to achieve in 2009? What are some goals you didn’t hit? We all have them. No beating yourself up here, just identify them.
  • The final question, and my favorite. What did you learn in 2009? What lessons can you use as you move forward into 2010?

I imagine your year had some ups and downs, some accomplishments, some heartaches, and some real blessings. Mine does. Take time to reflect on where you’ve come this year, and how you got here. What was the journey of 2009 for you? As you do this, you will be better able to identify your dreams and set your goals for 2010.

If you’re up for it, share some of your learnings with me by posting here, or by emailing me at Lori@CoachforaBetterLife.com.

Just Don’t Quit (Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 2)

October 26, 2009

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Volume 2 Issue 2, October 26, 2009
Just Don’t Quit
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Enough Already!
Just Don’t Quit
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Enough Already!

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed or exhausted from our efforts, and think the answer is to quit. I must confess, fall has been particularly challenging for me. I had planned to be busy with projects, but not with the multitude of unexpected challenges added to my life (e.g., hit and run car accident, confrontation with a neighbor, leaky windows, and broken bed, to name just a few).

I wrote this article before things got particularly difficult. (Interesting, eh?) I find as I review it now, that I feel less overwhelmed, and I am inspired to get back to work. I hope you find it helpful as well.

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Celebrate Your Way to Success (Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 1)

September 22, 2009

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Volume 2 Issue 1, September 21, 2009
Celebrate Your Way to Success
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Happy Anniversary!
Celebrate Your Way to Success
Upcoming Workshops!
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Happy Anniversary!

Welcome to the One Year Anniversary of the Live A Better Life Newsletter! This issue marks the beginning of our second year! Thank you for subscribing.

And what could be more fitting as we celebrate our anniversary than an article on how to Celebrate Your Way to Success? That is the focus of this issue.

Don’t miss my new workshops in and around Chicago in September and October. I’d love to see you there.

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Get Experience without Starting Over (Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 12)

August 17, 2009

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Volume 1 Issue 12, August 17, 2009
Get Experience without Starting Over
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Gear Up for Fall
Get Experience without Starting Over
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Gear Up for Fall

It’s the time of year we start thinking of school days. Fall is just around the corner, and school supplies are on store shelves. And that can lead us to think about our own education and learning, and how that can serve us in our career of choice. It can also trigger anxiety when we think of how much we need to learn, especially if we want to change what we do. This newsletter will help you manage that anxiety with some practical steps to take. (By now, you know I’m all about taking action to get unstuck.) Try some of these ideas to find out what kind of knowledge and experience you really need.

While we’re on the subject of education, I’m excited to offer some new workshops in and around Chicago in September and October (click here for details). I’d love to see you there.

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Live Your Dream Life Today – really! (Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 8)

April 13, 2009

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Volume 1 Issue 8, April 13, 2009
Live Your Dream Life Today (really!)
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Greetings!
Live Your Dream Life Today (really!)
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Greetings!

Spring is a great time to take action, large and small steps, toward your dreams. This issue we are continuing the process of crafting the life you dream of. It’s closer than you imagine. And perhaps to your surprise, you will discover you’ve already begun to make it happen.

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Craft Your Ideal Day (Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 7)

March 16, 2009

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Craft Your Ideal Day
Volume 1 Issue 7, March 16, 2009

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C’mon Spring!
Craft Your Ideal Day
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C’mon Spring!

Spring is just around the corner. You can feel it, right? The days are getting longer, and temperatures warmer. A time of birth, creation of something new. What better time to look at what you’d like your life to be like? To craft your ideal life. That is the process we’ll begin in this issue.

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My favorite exercise – designing your Ideal Day

March 16, 2009

This is excerpted from my free report: Five Days to Goals That Inspire You, and inspired from many sources (including, in no particular order, Barbara Sher, Paul McKenna, Jennifer Louden, Sarah Ban Breathnach, and Martha Beck).

Start by imagining your Ideal Day. Set aside an hour and allow yourself to daydream. Imagine what one ideal day in your ideal life would be like. Picture yourself 5-10 years down the road – (more…)

Flush Your Positive Attitude and Embrace a Tirade (Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 6)

February 9, 2009

Live A Better Life Newsletter – Tips and Tools for Intentional Living
Flush Your Positive Attitude (and Embrace a Tirade)
Volume 1 Issue 6, February 9, 2009

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Greetings!
Flush Your Positive Attitude
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