The Art of Strengths Coaching

S is for Satisfying Work, Specific Projects And Success

There are many ways to do fine work. One approach is to do satisfying work, translate this into doing a specific project and achieve success.

Looking back at your life, can you think of a time when you followed these steps in your own way? This could have been in your personal or professional life.

You may have loved encouraging people, creating beauty or writing certain kinds of articles. You may have enjoyed leading pioneering teams, passing on knowledge or doing another activity.

Looking at what you found satisfying, how did you translate this into a specific project? What were the results you wanted to achieve? How did you then do your best to achieve the picture of success?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a situation in the past when you did satisfying work, translated this into a specific project and achieved success. 

Describe the specific things you did to follow these steps. 

Describe the specific things that happened as a result.

Imagine that you want to follow some of these principles in the future. Let’s consider how you can do this in your own way.

Satisfying Work

One way to start is by focusing on the work you love to do. Bearing this in mind, it can be worthwhile to explore the following questions.

What is the kind of work I find most satisfying? What makes my soul sing? What are the activities that give me positive energy? When do I feel in my element – at ease and yet able to excel?  

What are my strengths? What are the activities in which I deliver As rather than Bs or Cs? When do I see the destination quickly? When do I go ‘A, B … and then leap to … Z’? What are the activities in which I have a track record of finishing?

When do I enjoy the journey as much as reaching the goal? Where do I see patterns quickly? When do I make complicated things appear simple? What are the activities where I score highly on drive, discipline and delivery? 

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to describe the kinds of work you love to do. 

Specific Project

Imagine that you have described the different kinds of work you find satisfying. Looking at these activities, which would you like to translate into doing a specific project? How can you do this in your own way?

Jill Bolte Taylor is somebody who took this step. In the TED talk shown below she describes her experience of having a stroke. Here is the description of her talk from the TED web site.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.  

As it happened – as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding – she studied and remembered every moment.  

This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Jill translated adversity into an opportunity to help other people. You can discover more about her work on this theme via the following link.

http://mystrokeofinsight.com/

Different people choose different ways to translate their passions into specific projects. They may aim to write a book, renovate a house, do a creative project, pass on knowledge or do another activity.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. Bearing in mind the work you love to do, this invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific project you would like to do that would be an expression of the work you find satisfying.  

Describe the picture of success – the real results you want to achieve by doing this specific project.

 

Success

Imagine that you have settled on doing a specific project. How can you do your best to deliver the results you want to achieve?

Different people have different definitions of success. Some people want to achieve certain goals; some want to achieve a sense of peace; some want to help other people to succeed.

Juan Mata is a professional footballer who has achieved a lot in the game but he also has other aims. Several years ago he launched Common Goal, which aims to help people across the world.

Here is how Juan introduces the organisation. You can discover more via the following link.

https://www.common-goal.org/

I am pledging 1% of my salary to Common Goal, a collective fund – run by the award-winning NGO streetfootballworld – that supports football charities around the globe. It’s a small gesture that if shared can change the world.

I’m asking my fellow professionals to join me in forming a Common Goal Starting XI. Together we can create a movement based on shared values that can become integral to the whole football industry — forever. 

I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone. 

One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to accomplish your dreams. We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we don’t see it enough in the social space.  

Common Goal is creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. It’s the most effective and sustainable way that football can deliver long-term social impact on a global scale. Football has the power to do this, but we need to act together. 

The focus now is on contributions from players, but the long-term goal is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities that strengthen their communities through sport. 

So now I would like to call upon my fellow footballers to help. We have so many opportunities simply because we play a children’s game. We are so lucky to live a dream.  

Let’s come together and help kids everywhere experience that same light and joy. By doing so we can show the wider football industry that Common Goal needs to happen and that it will happen, because it’s right.

There are many ways to do fine work. One approach is to do satisfying work and translate this into doing a specific project. It is then to do your best to achieve the picture of success.

If you wish, try tackling the final exercise on this theme. Bearing in mind your chosen project, this invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific project you would like to do.

Describe the specific things you can do to perform superb work and do your best to achieve the picture of success. 

Describe the specific things that may happen as a result of taking these steps.

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