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Describe your strengths creatively

When naming your strengths, avoid what "wastebasket terms," meaning overused words like 'passionate' or 'dedicated.' 

Instead, come up with a unique term that captures your specific strength. Once you can put a word to your strengths, it becomes much more embedded in your everyday life. 

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Break away from job titles

You need to explore new roles, to discover your gifts.

Think of your workplace as a laboratory. Encourage flexible roles and see how it goes. If people are excited about trying something else and you have some evidence that they could be good, then experiment with it.

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Watch for signs of excitement

When you engage in an activity you are truly good at, your excitement is visible. Your pupils dilate, your chest is broader, your speech is fast and fluid, and your arms spread wider.  

Ask a close mentor when you appear most animated or observe yourself for a day. When do you feel most engaged? Most energized? 

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Describe your strengths creatively

When naming your strengths, avoid overused terms like 'passionate' or 'dedicated.'

By coming up with an exciting word, you avoid all the typical connotations. And once you can put a word to your strengths, it becomes much more embedded in your everyday life.

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To uncover your gifts, you need to explore new roles. Think of your company as a laboratory. Encourage flexible roles and see how it goes. 

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In a situation where you are truly using your strengths, you will stand out from a crowd. Your approach will be unique. 

To name your strengths, you want to identify those moments and articulate how you are different.

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Watch for signs of excitement

When do you feel most engaged? Most energized?

When you engage in an activity you are truly good at, your excitement is visible. Your pupils dilate, your chest is broader, your speech is fast and fluid, and your arms spread wider. 

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Notice what you do differently

In a situation where you are truly using your strengths, you will stand out from a crowd. Your approach will be unique. 

To name your strengths, you want to identify those moments and articulate how you are different.

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Leaders that learn to embrace choices outside their comfort zones are able to push the envelope in ways that safe leaders can’t, helping them to stand out and succeed.

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Break Up The Tedious Tasks.

Boring tasks lead to distraction and procrastination and enduring them exacerbates the problem. By taking frequent breaks and doing physical activity, gives you the energy you need to maintain focus.

Work in fifteen-minute bursts. Set a timer and try to do as much as you can before it goes off. When time is up, do something physically active, then work for another fifteen minutes. 

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Tailor your to-do lists

Use the 1-3-5 rule when putting together her daily to-do list.

On any given day, set nine goals for yourself: 
  • one big-ticket project to tackle
  • three medium tasks
  • five small things. 
Narrow down your to-do list to just those things. 

This keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by an endless list, and also helps keep you focused on just those items.

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