July 2011Vol 4, Issue 7
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter

Dear ,

  Jan Carley
As I headed off to change into swimwear for my first dip of the year, my 8 year old niece asked me if I was "bikini confident".  No doubt she had seen that headline on a magazine at the check-out counter at the supermarket, perhaps not totally understanding what it meant, but already, at age 8, being given the possibility that one had to be "something"  before making a certain wardrobe choice. Unfortunately, it seems to be a global obsession for our society to focus relentlessly on our shortcomings and to insert skillful messaging designed to make us question our inadequacies.  


The work in the area of Strengths-based Psychology, that was founded by Dr. Donald O. Clifton, takes a different approach, and encourages focusing on what is "right" with people. This positive approach is near and dear to my heart and woven throughout my "harmony from the inside out" coaching practice. The approach encourages working from our strengths to amplify what is already good and turn it into great.  What could feel better than knowing that your biggest successes will come from simply magnifying your innate talents and abilities?  No fixing needed! Don't go changin'! Simply be more YOU.


To your brilliance,


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Jan Carley, PCC

Certified Executive Coach  Creative Coaching Group
604 873-1763  e: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com 

Feature Article: I Love You, You're Perfect, DON'T Change!

  4 Colours of Adirondack chairs on a rock

The Insights Discovery process (inspired by psychologist Carl Jung), in which you identify your work style color energy, has become a popular coaching tool worldwide. The Insights Color game assesses you as being either a Blue, Green, Yellow or Red (or a combination), each color corresponding to certain personality characteristics and attributes.  No one color is "better" than another; the Discovery process is simply an awareness tool to identify how you innately work.  The process helps in understanding your and your teammates signature strengths and styles so you communicate and work more effectively both individually and together. Having an awareness and understanding of our intrinsic talents and strengths are critical to move us forward in any part of our lives.


The father of Strengths-Based Psychology, Dr. Donald O. Clifton, worked with author Tom Rath, and a team of Gallup scientists with a goal of starting a global conversation about what's right with people. They were tired of living in a world that focused around fixing our weaknesses. They created the online StrengthsFinder assessment that has helped millions of people worldwide discover and develop their natural talents. www.strengthsfinder.com

In the process they discovered that "people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies."


Success is the art of being who you already are. You make the greatest contribution when your energies are focused on expanding, exhibiting and living your unique talents and abilities. By acknowledging and working from your strengths, you can become the best you can possibly be,  and by achieving your peak potential you can contribute even more to the world.  Playing small and downplaying your attributes serves absolutely no one. Playing to your strengths means you can give more. Living into your strengths brings you alignment, happiness and joy. 


It takes but a simple mindset shift to switch from scarcity thinking (what is wrong with me) to abundant thinking 9what is right with me).  Follow the 4 steps below and see how your life changes. (without you changing!)


Step 1  Acknowledge your Strengths

Most of us struggle when asked to describe our natural talents. I routinely get my clients to fill out a Celebrate Yourself - Twenty in Three work sheet (click here for free download).  In 3 minutes, you have to write down 20 qualities you love about yourself.  The reason for the short time frame is so that you don't second guess yourself, qualify yourself, or talk yourself out of something. Set the timer and just let your thoughts spew ....for 3 minutes.

When the alarm goes off, look at your list. Most people do not get close to 20 things -if you did FABULOUS! Go on to step # 2.  If you have trouble filling up your list, think of talents or abilities you have that others think are fantastic but that you downplay because they seem "easy" to you. Think of what others appreciate about you. Think of a time when you did something that seemed effortless - what qualities of yours were at work then?

Your homework: Fill up your list


Step 2   Be MORE of that

Wow, how simple is that ...simply be more of what you already are. Focus your energies on increasing your capacity in those areas in which you have natural ability. Be more YOU.


Step 3   Line it Up

Consciously think about ways to align your life and your goals with your natural talents.

Our natural talents last for a lifetime. Keep your "twenty list" handy and focus on it daily. Gallup studies indicate that "people who ...have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than  three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general." 


Step 4   Help Others

Help the people around you acknowledge, celebrate and deepen their strengths. Imagine a world in which everyone was encouraged to live from and explore their greatest capacity. Spend some time today appreciating , and encouraging your colleagues, your partner and your children's strengths and talents. Watch how they grow!


Resource:  Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, Gallup Press, New York, 2007


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  "Hide not your talents. They for use were made.

     What's a sundial in the shade?" - Benjamin Franklin

Upcoming Events: Isn't it time you invested in yourself?





Saturday, August 27 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Join Professional Certified Coach, Jan Carley, for a rockin' one day workshop intensive that willYes! build on your personal strengths and brilliance to supercharge and transform your life. 

This workshop is for you if:
*you really can't remember the last time you did something that was just for YOU!
*you want to re-energize yourself instantly in ways that are achievable and sustainable  

*your life is really quite fabulous, but somehow the first 2/3 of the year flew by so fast you can barely remember it

*you are truly ready to live "on purpose"

In just one day you will be rejuvenated, re-inspired and get a much needed jumpstart to get you back to living YOUR best life.  You will clearly see where you are, celebrate your own brilliance, identify where you want to be, create new possibilities for yourself, learn how to identify and eliminate the mindsets that act as barriers, and then get inspired to take sustainable, achievable action. 


Location: Canadian Centre for Peace, 1826 West 16th Ave.,(at Burrard St.), Vancouver, B.C.,Canada

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm  Early Bird Registration until July 31: $129 (Save $20)

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Thursday Nights Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29   8 pm EDT/5 pm PDT

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About Jan Carley

Jan Carley is a Professional Certified Executive Coach credentialed with the International Coach Federation. Her com­pany, Creative Coaching Group, specializes in working with highly motivated individuals and high-achieving teams to expand their possibilities, leverage their strengths and focus their energies to achieve a leading edge of excellence. Jan lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is available for individual and team coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements worldwide. Contact Jan at 604 873-1763  email: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com



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