Let’s Focus On Your Strengths This Year

focus on your strengths

For most of us, 2021 was a year of unprecedented challenge and change that tested our patience and resolve.  In co-founding Transitions in Nature, I learned the value and importance of getting guidance, finding focus, trying and failing, then getting back up and applying what I learned to try again.  In the process, I discovered strengths I never knew I had and gained perspective that will make me an even better coach for my clients.

If you are at all like me, a perfectionist and overachiever, the new year inspires reflection on how I fell short in the previous year: still a slave to unhealthy habits, working too much, not spending enough quality time with loved ones, business isn’t where we want it to be. 

You know what, screw that! 

This year I’m taking a different approach.  I’m going to practice what we preach at TIN and celebrate and focus on my strengths. Focus on what’s going right, and lend my expertise where it can do the most good.  I’m grateful, I’m not dwelling on the past, and I’m charging ahead with the wisdom and experience I gained in 2021.

Focus on your strengths:

Transitions in Nature made significant progress towards our goal of building a one-stop shop where small organizations can access the expertise they need while continuing to focus on what they do best.  Like any startup, we tried some things that didn’t work, listened to you, and pivoted to focus on the things that we do best – leveraging our experience to work with you to solve problems outside your area(s) of expertise.  Most importantly, 20 independent consultants, with expertise across the spectrum agreed to join our merry band.  

Lending expertise where it is needed:

The TIN team made important impacts on our clients this year.  Our coaches worked with small business and nonprofit leaders to give them confidence, peace of mind, and improved results through clear priorities, operational improvements, and engaged and motivated people.   

Tom and his girls

What I like about this work:

We have a lot to offer you, our clients.  Working with us, you can leverage our experience so that you can focus on what you do best.  For instance, I have nearly 30 years of corporate HR experience to bring practical, effective solutions for finding, developing, motivating, and rewarding your staff.  My authentic, collaborative leadership style is effective in attracting and building alignment among both the TIN team and our clients.  I am a lot of fun!  In fact, one of my mottos is, “If we aren’t having fun, we are doing it wrong!”  I bring a sense of joy and purpose to everything I do, using humor to break the tension and build camaraderie and trust. 

While results are important, so is the way they are achieved.

What’s next:

Below are some ways for you to focus on your strengths and celebrate the gifts you have that you can leverage to achieve your goals in 2022.  Throughout this month we will be exploring the theme of celebrating you.  

  • Write down what you like about you.  How can you more fully incorporate these things into your daily tasks and routine.
  • Take a break and celebrate accomplishing a goal in 2021.
  • Reward yourself with something beautiful to put by your computer.
  • Give yourself a break for not accomplishing everything. 
  • Put on your favorite music and dance.
  • Be kind to yourself and know that you are doing the best you can. 
  • Take a walk outside and enjoy the nature.

“Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and be who you are.” Brene Brown

Learn more about Tom Duenow, the co-founder of Transitions in Nature, by clicking on his Coach Bio page.

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