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Yes, You Can Master Your Thoughts

When you know what your personal strengths and opportunities are, you can empower yourself to utilize your potential in those areas to the fullest measure possible. It's not always easy, but understanding who you are, your natural abilities and then taking accountability to improve in areas where you are challenged is a highly commendable feat to accomplish. If you have ever heard the phrase "just take what you get and be satisfied," let me issue a formal apology to you on behalf of whomever tried to minimize your worth. Taking whatever someone wants to give you, and just being satisfied with it is a good way to end up with crap. Crappy relationships, jobs, opportunities and a crappy life in general, BUT if you set goals and take intentional action to achieve them, you are setting the standard for yourself while also teaching people how to properly treat you. To be clear, you will end up with some crap in life, but you can take action to minimize the amount of crap that you allow in. For starters, ask yourself the following question, " How will I win at life?"  One method is to lean into your natural strengths and abilities in order to gain momentum and move forward. In this post, I am providing three points of reflection that demonstrate how you can use your strengths to win at life. I am sharing my top 5 strengths, along with practical action steps that you can implement in order to win at life. Melissa's Top 5 Strengths

  1. Ideation

  2. Connectedness

  3. Belief

  4. Developer

  5. Learner For today's reflection, I will focus on my number 5, Learner. The Learner theme as defined by StrengthsFinders is a strength that is attributed to having a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve.

You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. People who possess this strength enjoy the process of learning. We find sheer delight in reading and acquiring knowledge; however, Learners can get stuck in the acquiring knowledge phase. We must deliberately stop being the student and intentionally move to implementation. People who fail to create defined goals, does not find joy in their work or does not have clear direction, this can become a serious challenge. For my Learners out there, try these 3 simple activities to gain motion in your life, career and relationships:

  1. Choose Intention over Exhaustion. Include a development plan in your vision boards and action plans and then go a step further and state how you plan to use the information that you desire to learn. For me personally, I had a goal this year to learn how to create marketing materials for by business. I took classes to learn the process. My immediate plan is to use this information to create promotional t-shirts announcing my upcoming book release and to introduce my luxury peace boutique.

  2. Sit still with the knowledge that you've gained. Before you jump into learning new information, get comfortable and competent with what you currently know. Put it to use and exercise using it regularly. I've recently completed requirements for my personal and executive coaching certification. The next phase of this certification is to acquire paying clients. To do this, it is a necessity for me to demonstrate my ability to be an effective coach that gets results. My current plan is to sit with this knowledge, continue building my coaching platform and use my newly acquired certification to impact the personal and professional lives of those who need my services.

  3. Immerse yourself in organizations that support what you've learned. Do your research and find out what people are doing with the information that you've learned. Find out if there are professional development organizations that you can join. This will help you gain confidence and different perspectives about the information that you've acquired. Additionally, you will learn about opportunities that exist to expand on what you already know. Implementing these 3 simple steps will absolutely put you on the path to winning at life, as a Learner. Do you know what your strengths are? You can get the information that you need to move forward by taking a strengths assessment and then setting up a quick call with me to discuss your results. Access the links below to begin your journey, both are free of charge.

  4. Link to complete your strengths assessment: How Individuals Use HIGH5 Strengths Test Results (high5test.com)

  5. Link to set up a quick 15-minute Discovery Call: https://calendly.com/melissa_rivers/professional_development 2024 is your year to practice selflove by winning at life.  Let's go! Make Peace A Priority, Melissa

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