I like how the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment reveals what is good and right about us! There is so much positivity and potential in our themes. Discovering your Top 5 Strengths Themes is like being given a bouquet of five beautiful flowers.
The parking lot was brimming to overfull, only a few hundred feet from where the girls and I were playing in the Virgin River at Zion National Park. But from the place we were, all you could hear was the babbling of the river.
You’d never guess we were close to so many cars and people. We had paused and set up “day camp” by the river where we could arrive, enjoy, and soak it all in.
The stakes that landscapers use for newly planted trees provide a great metaphor for coaching. These stakes are there to support the tree so it can thrive and grow, and after a while they are removed. Similarly, coaches come alongside people in times of growth, change, or hardship in order to support and encourage them for a time.
This post is in honor of one of my nephews who turns 7 today! He is a smart, funny, energetic boy, and also a miracle! He was diagnosed with infantile leukemia before he was one, and spent most of the next year in the hospital – while his parents juggled how to be there with him, and also care for his two older brothers. They celebrated half-birthdays and didn’t take a day for granted. What an amazing couple!. He now lives the life of a normal school-age kid! I want to remember this answered prayer and give thanks. Today is a gift from God to celebrate!
Our strengths are what we can most naturally live and love well out of. We each have different talents that help us live well. There are many ways we can love the people in our lives well. When we know our natural style for living and loving, we can be intentional and more effective in our own unique way.
Each of these pictures represents one of the Top 5 Strengths Themes that I live and love out of. My themes are Responsibility, Empathy, Discipline, Connectedness, and Positivity. Can you guess which picture goes with which theme? (See answers at the end of this post!)