The steps to taking a business dream to a business reality can be many, and sometimes the steps are clearer in retrospect than the blurry uncertainty along the way.
For me, one of those steps was the journey toward becoming a GALLUP® Certified Strengths Coach. I completed my certification (with flying colors, I might have to give a little pat on the back for that–competitive much??) in March of this year. Though, in July 2013 when I first stepped inside the GALLUP® building in Washington, DC, it wasn’t necessarily the certification that I had in mind. Blurry step number one.
Over the next several months, however, it became increasingly clear that a key part of my tooling and learning would come from these highly energizing and connecting and relevant courses. And with each one, I was a clearer step closer to this certification I hadn’t quite envisioned from the beginning. I had what it took to make this business dream become reality–education and experience and a passion for the concept of using our Strengths (vs refining our weaknesses) to get there. And with this cert, it turns out, I had one more tool in my tool belt and a pool of resources to pull from and “arrange” away.
Since then, my relationship with GALLUP® and the incredible folks (now friends!) who work there, has proven to be one of the most valuable relationships I have forged over the past year. Coaching, advice, resources, connections, support, big picture thinking–all to follow that first blurry step. I even had the opportunity to guest blog for them back in April.
Then, today, they sent me this:
Yup, I guess it’s official. So who cares? Well, this little logo means that I have been trained by the best (GALLUP®!) to offer teams, groups, and individuals the best that there is in Clifton StrengthsFinder® training and coaching. And the best that there is is only that which drives results for your business (or your relationship or your family or your role!). So, it’s not inherent, and there is always a lot of intentional work to be done, but with this little logo comes the future promise of clear steps on your journey to success–increased productivity, profitability, personal development, health and well-being. There is not much better than that!
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