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Let your strengths fuel your energy

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 2.12

What are your strengths and do you use them in your leadership and community efforts? Research shows that people who use their strengths daily are three times as likely to have an excellent quality of life and are six times more engaged at work. Isn’t it time to apply your strengths to fuel your day?



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[Denise] Welcome to Two for You. So, what gives you energy if you're having those days when you just don't feel like you can get going? Maybe you need to discover what your strengths are. Leading from your strengths gives you energy to attack what's ahead and also to move forward. To discover your strengths there are a number of assessments out there and if you don't want to take the time to do an assessment - which we do recommend you do - you can simply reflect on what are my strengths or have somebody tell you what they think your strengths are.

[Lori] so in taking a strengths assessment, two of my strengths that I found are Achiever and Relator and I'm very goal focused person.

[Denise] Yes, she is.

[Lori] So, Achiever kind of makes sense, but when setting goals I found that it's really my Relator is that I rely on. It's really about those relationships and it's being in relationship with someone. So whether it's at work having somebody that I can, that I have a personal relationship with and connect well with or whether it's in my personal life and running, for example, or working out - having those strengths, those partners that get me there or somebody to connect with to meet me there. Some kind of accountability people.

[Denise] So how are you intentional about that, though? I mean, you know you have these strengths, but how do you intentionally put them into play?

[Lori] Yeah, so intentionally putting into play, that's really about - so for example, I have some workout partners that I have and we text each other to say, "Hey, are you going to class?" You set each other's benches up for our strength class. We connect afterwards. So, it's really taking the time to check in with someone else and that's really what gets me there. So that's Relator at work.

[Denise] So, if you want a little bit more energy in your day and especially as you put your efforts into your community and in your leadership, take the time to learn your strengths so you can start at a place as you live and lead with intention. 



Authors: Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme, former Extension educators

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