One of the major reasons I became a coach comes from my life experience. I realized I love seeing people thrive.
My journey of coming out, was truly to discover and to accept myself for who I am. Not to be the person everyone expected of me. The more I lived a life of that the more I realized I was not being authentic, the more I was becoming a stranger to myself.
I felt a cage being built around me, one that I eventually realize was one I was creating, trying to be something or someone I was not.
As a teen, the more I expressed who I was the more rejection I received.
I was too much,
My thoughts were too wild, or I was too optimistic.
I was a dreamer
In my adult life, as I ran my business and stepped into leadership both in my business and as a pastor authenticity became a huge part of my mission. Integrity became important to me. I did not realize it back then, I was experiencing one of my signature strengths.
I started to experience firsthand what the power of character strengths had on myself first and on my business and life second.
Fast forward to now. I love learning and being of service to my clients. We are always growing and learning.
When I discovered what character strengths were, I knew I discover something that I was very familiar with and how powerful they can be on a person and their life, family and career.
Seligman (2002) offered several ways to think about signature strengths, suggesting that a signature strength would meet most, if not all, of these criteria.
A sense of ownership and authenticity (“this is the real me”)
A feeling of excitement while displaying it
A rapid learning curve as the strength is first practiced
A sense of yearning to find new ways to use it
A feeling of inevitability in using the strength (“Try and stop Me”)
Creation and pursuit of personal projects that revolve around it
Joy, zest, Enthusiasm, even ecstasy while using it