Define your talents and development directions, both personal and professional, in an individual coaching session. Thanks to Gallup’s philosophy of strengths (CliftonStrengths = StrengthsFinder), consciously follow your chosen life path. I encourage you to follow this path with passion, making a stop for personal reflection after each of the six steps listed below.
1. Talent Diagnosis
Recent knowledge about man confirms that everyone is talented in something (Gut, Piegowska & Wójcik 2008). Everyone has a different set of talents. Talent is our common behavior, we can access it easily, we do “something” in a repeatable, predictable way, and we can always do it. The Gallup Institute, which has been analyzing the phenomenon of talent for over 35 years, conducts research on the psychological profiles of over twenty-two million people (Gallup 2020) provides the world with enormous knowledge about human talents.
2. Building Strengths
Gallup researchers emphasize that talent is not yet a strong point. Talent + knowledge + skills = Strength (Buckingham & Clifton 2004). Coaching training helps to quickly identify areas to observe. It turns out that by observing ourselves, we are able to develop our talents into strengths, entering the path of Personal Mastery. In the areas of talents and strengths, we are always: exceptional, unique, the best and unique. Talents are assigned to a person and move with them from organization to organization, from discipline to discipline.
3. Living with intrinsic motivation
It turns out that when I do “something” for which I use my talents, I do it perfectly and it comes very easily to me. I use my personal energy optimally, I have internal motivation and my talent “gives me wings”. In this way, I economically manage myself and my natural potential. Acting in harmony with talent supports my self-esteem and builds my inner strength and self-confidence. It creates my faith in my own abilities.
4. Building Self-awareness
Knowing your talents means “I know what I’m made for.” It makes us aware that our actions using talents guarantee success and build a high level of commitment with internal motivation. Success with optimal energy inputs, without resistance from the body and mind. By living without internal resistance, we increase the energy in the body. Since the perception of the body occurs in the mind, it is through the energy field of the mind that we can experience the brain and the body (Hawkins 2012). We can experience all of this only through an energy field which is vaster than the mind itself – through awareness.
5. Managing Yourself
Self-management is a conscious use of personal resources in the best for us, i.e. economic and ecological way (Gut, Piegowska & Wójcik 2008). It is also making informed decisions about the directions of personal changes and the allocation of personal resources in order to implement these changes. It is learning “yourself”. This fascinating issue of self-management was introduced and popularized in business by Peter Drucker, one of the world’s most eminent authorities in the field of organization and management.
6. The Green Path
The Green Path is a philosophy of life, guided by the principle that each of us is unique, exceptional and unrepeatable (Gut & Gut 2016). It is therefore worth getting to know and developing your natural potential for health, joy and comfort in life, so as to do things for which we are created, privately and professionally, with internal motivation. I strongly believe that every human being is created to specialise. Getting to know it and activating it, day after day, is just being on the Green Path.
I wish you to change the yellow and red paths into areas of passion and commitment in the new reality. I believe that in the new reality it is passion and the ability to use the full potential that will create success.
Agnieszka Gut – Coach and personal development trainer.