In this episode, Amy and Nathan discuss some basic thoughts related to goal setting and Strengths. They share some personal examples and stories of how our own understanding of Strengths helps us on this journey as well as examples of leadership, family, life, parenthood, and all kinds of other things. Enjoy!
What is a Goal?
A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envision plan and commit to achieve.
How can we utilize our Strengths – how we’re wired, what comes a little bit easier to us – to not only set goals but to achieve them through our daily habits and natural way of doing things?
Strengths and Goal Setting
Strengths don’t tell us what types of goals we should be setting, but how we can possibly reach a goal. We organize the 34 Strengths into four main domains; how you get work done, how you think about problems, how you influence, and how you relate. Think about how you use your Strengths to set and achieve goals and ask yourself the following questions:
How do you get work done?
Are you someone that likes to make lists? Do you like to dive in and get work done? Do you need accountability partners? What tools do you need to actually get the job done to get your goals met?
Understanding how your Strengths help you get things done in general can be very beneficial towards setting and achieving goals. Additionally, recognizing your own understanding of your Strengths can help you recognize the Strengths of others. It is especially important in a business setting to recognize the Strengths of others in order to understand how you can achieve goals together.
How do you think about problems?
In some ways, goals are meant to solve problems. How do you think about problem-solving? How do you process information? Do you need a lot of information before making a decision? What do you do with information once you have it?
Who is the type of [ blank ] you want to be?
What’s most important when you’re setting goals or thinking about the future is the question, who is the type of teammate I want to be? Who is the type of leader I want to be? Who is the type of spouse sibling, fill in the blank? What’s tricky about this question is it requires a lot of introspection. What is your understanding and awareness of yourself or what you’re naturally good at? How do you leverage those things to become a better person or to accomplish things?
We can all ask ourselves who is the type of [fill in the blank] I want to be? and we can work toward that on a daily basis. The beauty of Strengths is learning about ourselves and knowing what we need and what we’re good at, how we show up, and how to help ourselves become the person or the leader or the [fill in the blank] that we want to be.
How do you utilize your Strengths to set and achieve goals? If you have questions about this episode or want to learn more, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
About The Leadership Vision Podcast
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