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Self-Discovery: Woo and Focus
(Photo by @CliftonStr)
Last week I attended the CliftonStrengths Summit for certified coaches in Omaha, Nebraska. Over 600 coaches from around the globe ascended on Omaha to meet and celebrate this inaugural conference.
The first night was a meet-n-greet where we first met up with one another. Leading up to this meeting, I was very eager to finally see the coaches that I'd only met online. My Woo was on "high alert!"
It you had asked me how Woo (my #5) and Focus (my #3) worked together the week prior, I may not have had a very clear answer. I don't think I've ever thought about these two hand-in-hand.
As I mingled around Gallup's headquarters, I met many, many wonderful people. But there was something missing that I couldn't put a finger on...till I got back to the hotel. I learned something about myself on this day that I had never thought about. I learned that my Woo NEEDS Focus! It doesn't need it in a "I'd love to meet people because there is a crowd" kind of way...it needs it in "I can meet anyone if I am focused!"
I needed priorities, a task, direction, a scavenger hunt, a purpose...something. Without that, I felt a bit lost. This could have also been my Achiever working a bit, but Focus gives me a track to run on.
So I had to think...have there been other times in my life when I've felt this. After all, I live a very public life. My husband and father are preachers and I am an international keynote speaker, professional development specialist and workshop leader. I am around many people on a weekly basis that I do not know. All of these arenas provide me much energy. But why? I realized it is because I have a solid focus in each of these areas. In church, I am usually the host- greeting people is essential. When speaking, I love to bring people in and invite them into my corner of the world. I have a focus.
Without Focus my Woo is lost. With Focus, my Woo has energy and enthusiasm!
How do your themes work together? Take your Top 5 and lay them out on a table. Put them together in random pairs. Are you able to articulate how these pairs work together for you? If not, start taking notice of circumstances in your life where the two of them are paired naturally.
This was a big "Ah-ha" moment for me.
Rock Your Strengths,