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Talent Mindfulness

Insights and reflection for aiming your talents toward greater potential.

 

Listen to the audio-only version of "The Trailer: How to Use Talent Mindfulness" on Spreaker.

What Is Talent Mindfulness?

Talent Mindfulness is a practice; an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- the natural patterns of thought, feeling and behavior that lead you to success, to thrive, to experience your own best life. CliftonStrengths measures the presence of talent across 34 areas called "Themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your Strengths.

Don't try to force an answer or write down everything. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves; greatness takes a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to the insights your talents have to offer.

Transcription

Jim Collison 0:00
I am Jim Collison. I'm here with Maika Leibbrandt, and welcome to the trailer for Talent Mindfulness. Maika, welcome!

Maika Leibbrandt 0:05
Thanks, Jim. Great to be here.

Jim Collison 0:07
It is so much fun to be thinking about launching a brand new podcast, Maika, and to be launching it with Talent Mindfulness. For some folks, maybe, who have not listened to our Talent Mindfulness episodes to this point, why do we do them and where'd they come from?

Maika Leibbrandt 0:22
Well, they originally started because we always wanted Theme Thursday to be something that helped people understand CliftonStrengths. And if you're truly understanding CliftonStrengths, you know that it's not enough simply to name your talents; we have to do something. And thinking about how you can honor that, either in yourself or in others, really take action. And so at the end of -- was it Season 5? -- of Theme Thursday, we added this idea of Talent Mindfulness. Quite honestly, I thought it would be just a brave moment that we only did once, but it really caught on. People have, we've received probably more feedback around Talent Mindfulness than we have about our 34-theme deep dives that we've done for years.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:03
And it really was meant to be a way to say, Hey, you don't have to clear your schedule and go to a retreat in order to get better at your strengths. If you say you're too busy, let's just meet you where you are. And let's give people 3 to 5 minutes just to focus on their talents and think about what, what their natural ways of thinking or feeling and behaving are telling them about how to solve problems, how to navigate what's in front of you right now, rather than waiting and putting strengths development on that "To Do List" of something you would do in the future.

Jim Collison 1:32
One of the biggest requests we got during the last 2 years of Theme Thursday was to break these out and make them individual episodes, like -- because currently, they're kind of wrapped up inside of Theme Thursday, you have to listen to the whole -- we kind of did that intentionally, right? We wanted folks to listen to the episodes on the way to get there. But the feedback was so overwhelming to make them individual episodes, we decided to do this. Maika, what kind of advice would you give to someone as we think about now having this short intro, the Talent Mindfulness, and then I'll wrap each one of those. What kind of advice would you give to people in listening to these? What, what do you think is the best way to consume them?

Maika Leibbrandt 2:08
Great question. I think treat it more as a practice, a habit or a routine, and less as something you want to consume. So don't think about these podcasts as chapters in a book. And you want to get through the book so that you can say it's finished or go to book club. See this, instead, as something that you should return to as maybe a daily activity, maybe even just a weekly activity. That was originally how they came out. We did Theme Thursday every Thursday. And some of them, you'll find, are even designed to say, Hey, over the next week, here's an action you can go take. Realize that they're never meant to be prescriptive, that they are -- you're doing it right if you're listening to yourself. You're getting it wrong if you're thinking that there's a right answer that I've somehow given you. And, I think, allow yourself to come back to it time and time again, especially if you're listening for that mind of How do I make a business better? Or how do I help other people?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:05
There can be that temptation to say, OK, I want to learn this exactly how it was so that I can repeat it. And that is not what this is designed to be. You can just share Talent Mindfulness with the people that you're serving or the people who you're leading. Because the beauty of it is, it should mean something different to you when you listen to it today, versus when you listen to it a couple weeks from now. And it should maybe spark something different in somebody else than it'll ever spark in you.

Jim Collison 3:30
So let me do the technical aspect of this. We're going to create these as a podcast, so you can listen to them on your Podcatchers, podcast applications on either your, on your phone, Android or iPhone. You can download them and use them how you want. You can take them with you, if you need to do it that way. They're gonna be available on YouTube as well as video. We thought that was kind of weird at first, just to be honest. We were like, "Really?" But I asked the community, and that's what they wanted. And so we're going to create YouTube videos and a playlist that will be available on the CliftonStrengths channel as well. So we'll have a variety of ways for you to interact with them. They won't be live; we're not creating new ones. These -- we're going back to Season 5 and Season 6, and pulling those out and re-presenting them to you. Many of you haven't even heard many of them. So you'll get an opportunity to rehear, to reengage with. And I think these aren't intended for "one and done." I think these are intended to be, to be used on a regular basis, for an opportunity for you to learn and to grow as you work your way through them. Maika, anything else you want to add to that?

Maika Leibbrandt 4:30
Yeah, you know, there might be folks who are stumbling across this and don't know anything about Theme Thursday or CliftonStrengths. So it's also important to mention that Talent Mindfulness were really born as a way to activate your CliftonStrengths. But that being said, you don't, it's not a precursor to getting the good that there is out of, out of Talent Mindfulness. You might hear whispers of different CliftonStrengths themes that show up in different Talent Mindfulness practice sessions, but none of them are really meant to be overtly tied to any one CliftonStrengths theme. A great way, if you're brand new to strengths, a great way to sort of get yourself into the mindset of focusing on your own talents is, A) to listen to all the past seasons of Theme Thursday; or B) just get yourself in a space and think about, What are you doing that really lights you up? What part of a recent project could you not wait to do again? What do other people say you do really well? And allow yourself the brave space to have that be different than other people around you.

Maika Leibbrandt 5:31
We know that the chances of having the same strengths as somebody else in the exact same order, are about 1 in 34 million. So if you've ever been told that you're 1 in a million, they were wrong; you're much more unique than that! So allow yourself to focus on what you do well, to realize that the greatest place to grow is not just from building a deficit model of plugging all the holes or fixing weaknesses, but that you're truly going to get to world-class performance by focusing on areas that are already strong for you.

Maika Leibbrandt 6:02
Lately, I've used this, this illustration to describe strengths-based development to people. It's focus on what you -- think about your strengths right now as being the worst you're ever going to be at those things, instead of saying, "Well, this is the best I'm ever going to get." Strengths-based development raises the floor of expectations. And when you do that, that's how you get to the kind of thriving wellbeing that we know focusing on, on CliftonStrengths can bring; the kind of teamwork, the kind of productivity and boosts in engagement that really makes a difference.

Jim Collison 6:35
Maika, I think, well said. I am really looking forward to producing these throughout the year. We will be releasing one a week throughout 2021 and be putting them in their own Talent Mindfulness feed. Good news is, if you're listening to this, you've probably already found it. So you don't have to worry about that. But they'll be available one a week, as we, as we pull them out and edit them for you and give them to you, Maika, I'm really excited about providing these for people in, in the new year, in 2021. Anything else you'd add?

Maika Leibbrandt 7:05
Yeah, Jim, if you are, how do we tell other people how to find it? So for those not-so-lucky people who are not already here, what's the easiest way to direct them to Talent Mindfulness?

Jim Collison 7:14
Yeah, so just search, go to any podcast app and search, "Talent Mindfulness," or you can search "Gallup Talent Mindfulness," because we'll put all three of those words in the title as we, as we do this, and a great opportunity for them, then to subscribe or listen. But really the best way is send them a link. Like you've consumed this, ask them how and then send them a link. Kind of encourage them to do it. Walk them through it. Do it with them. Talk about this. Use it as an opportunity, share this with those that you coach. Take it with you. Give it away. We intend for this to be used and given away and all the things that, that we do. So we're excited to give it to you. And then you're welcome to just pass this on to others that you know that need it. Maika, anything else?

Maika Leibbrandt 7:58
I just love partnering with you. Thanks for doing this, Jim!

Jim Collison 8:00
It's been a great journey to do it through the Season 5 and Season 6. And Maika, I'm really looking forward to getting these out, kind of as their own -- well, not live, like we traditionally would do. But still super impactful and super powerful. So with that, we'll remind everyone to take full advantages of all the resources we do have available. If this is -- maybe you're new, maybe you came across this just in that search term, "Talent Mindfulness," and you're wondering, What is this CliftonStrengths stuff? So all our resources that are available, go to gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter, available in a link at the very bottom of the page. Just scroll all the way to the bottom, put your email address in and hit Submit. You get an opportunity, and we'll send that to you each and every month, spam free. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to know more information about becoming a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, or maybe you need some -- you're a current coach and you need some master coaching, send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. We'll get you set up with that as well. Join us in our Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/calledtocoach. You can search "CliftonStrengths" on your favorite social platform. And we want to thank you for listening today. Hope you enjoyed it, and we hope you enjoy this series enough that you'll share it, and you'll share it with others. Thanks for coming out. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Application: Think About Your Past Power and Your Future Promise" on Spreaker.

Transcription

Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:05
Think about the past 6 months that you've spent in your job, in your family, in your community, on this planet. When was a time during those 6 months that you felt especially proud? Remember where you were, remember what it felt like. Maybe even think about what it smelled like, what were you hearing, who was there with you? When, during those 6 months, did you experience a feeling of power? Maybe a time you physically took up just a little bit more space. Now let's -- let's think about the next 6 months. Finish this sentence in your head: In the next 6 months, the most promising thing about me is _____.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:17
I'm excited for your next 6 months. These are amazingly important questions. You are powerful. There's something about you you should be incredibly proud of. We need you to fill that space, fill the space and, and maybe hold a space for the power of others as well.

Jim Collison 2:40
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Appreciation: Listen to Your Talents and Make Adjustments " on Spreaker.

Transcription

Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
Let's inhale together, hold it at the top, and then release through a great exhale. Bonus points if we can hear you exhale -- really let it go and just be here. You can return to some normal breathing, now that you're here in the moment. You know, we're constantly picking up on cues that pique our talents. We have to adjust our ability to hear these cues or pay attention to these clues. But like turning a radio dial, until you can hear what your talents are listening for more clearly, I think it's important that we, we pay attention to how tuned in we are to the things our talents are wanting to pick up.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:45
So I'd like for you to imagine a radio dial within yourself. If you're somebody with a lot of Thinking themes, maybe this radio dial lives in your brain, maybe it's in the center of your chest, maybe it's in your gut. Think about slowly and very, very small adjustments that you can make to that radio dial that help you hear more clearly your talents in your life, until what you're hearing becomes clearer, more crisp, maybe juicier. I'm going to ask you a couple questions that help you adjust that dial.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:24
So what have you noticed today that could use more of your attention? What would giving more attention to that idea really look like? What do you need to do about that? What do other people need you to do about that? You have instincts that are going to lead you in the right direction, and other people have their own instincts. We all have different talents. You are more powerful when you're listening to yours. Whatever you had to do next today, I want you to bring that fine-tuning idea to whatever you decide to do next. Even if what you go do next is make a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.

Maika Leibbrandt 3:19
Want you to think about that radio dial and think about what, what kind of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich is going to be most true to the clues that your talents are bringing. So again, let's bring ourselves out of this. Bring your, yourself kind of back into the room, wherever you are. Maybe wiggle your toes, wiggle your fingers and come on back out of that Talent Mindfulness exercise. I encourage you to revisit this if you need to. If you want to hear some of those questions again, feel free to take note of them, share them with us on social media, with the hashtag #talentmindfulness. Thanks for practicing.

Jim Collison 4:00
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Awareness: Interpret What's Happening Through Your Own Lens" on Spreaker.

Transcription

Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
So today is just a listening exercise to what's going on right now. So let's do this together. Let's take a deep breath in. And let that all out. Just be here in the moment. I'm going to be more quiet than I think you've ever heard me be. And I just want you today to listen. Start as close to yourself as you can get. Listen to the sound of your own breath. What are the sounds just 10 centimeters around your own skin?

Maika Leibbrandt 1:49
Now we're gonna press a little farther out; I'd like you to focus on hearing any movement, any sound that's happening within 10 paces -- 10 steps around you in any direction. What do you hear moving? What's happening?

Maika Leibbrandt 2:12
You don't need to react to any of this. You don't have to fix it. Just hear it.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:22
Now let's go a little farther. I want you to pay attention to your ears and just think how far can you hear? Focus on your listening at maybe the end of a city block, or as far as you can see -- what's happening there, within that bigger space?

Maika Leibbrandt 2:55
All right, let's come back to ourselves. And just realize, there's always something going on. There's usually a lot of things going on. Most of us are absorbed in our own agendas or our plans. We don't always notice what's happening in the moment. This is not a call for everybody to have Adaptability; this is a call to, as you go throughout the rest of your day, pay attention to what's happening. And pay attention to your own perspective. What are you noticing? What are you hearing? What talent -- what your talent filter is picking up is different than what other people are going to pick up.

Maika Leibbrandt 3:33
You might have just done this with somebody sitting right next to you and probably heard different things, had different visualizations in your mind of what it was you were hearing, what it was you were noticing. What seems obvious and loud to you, others may miss altogether. That's why we need you to understand your own talent filter. We need you to have the courage to share what you notice with other people. Notice what you hear and listen for it often.

Jim Collison 4:04
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Application: Prioritize Your Day According to Your Talents" on Spreaker.

Transcription

Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
Let's do this. Let's just take a deep breath in and really fill your lungs. Maybe hold that at the top. Exhale all desire to be taking notes or thinking too hard. Just let it all out and be here in the moment. I want you to think about all the things you've done in the past day. There's likely a lot. Get it all in your head, really let it kind of swirl and cluster around in your brain. Think of all the people you helped, all the work you accomplished, anything you pushed just a little bit further. Think about all the thinking you did, all the questions you asked, all the, the ideas that you had -- either out loud or just in your head.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:57
Let all of this storm of, of activity that you did in the last 24 hours circle and, and kind of swarm around in your brain right now. You might think about it forming a really great storm cloud, created by the different droplets of your day. As that cloud builds, and you start to remember all the things you've done in the last day, it might feel like that cloud's getting really heavy, really dark, really saturated, like it could burst at any moment. It's not going to just yet; just kind of keep building. Soon, I will ask you to imagine that that cloud's about to release just a few raindrops. What is going to escape from that cloud -- that, that swarm of everything you've done in the past day -- is only the very, very best.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:50
So before it starts to rain, I want you to think of squeezing out the moments of your yesterday that demonstrated your most highly concentrated talent. Out of everything that you did or thought or felt, what was slightly better than you've done or thought or felt it before? What was slightly better than someone else could have done it? What was easy and excellent for you?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:31
All right, now it's going to rain, but it's not gonna storm. From that giant, heavy cloud of yesterday, there are only three raindrops that are gonna fall from that huge, that huge cloud. Imagine those drops to be drops of your best talent. Ease, excellence, enjoyment, edge. And the beautiful thing about clouds is they keep on moving. So the rest of that day is now dissipating. It's going away. It was yesterday and now it's, it's moving on. You're left with only your very best.

Jim Collison 4:21
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Application: Sort the Next 4 Hours by Going With the Flow" on Spreaker.

Transcription

Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
Let's do it. Let's take a really deep breath in ... and an audible exhale. Really let it go! Let's be right here. So some of the magic of Arranger is the ability to dance in the moment -- to know how much time to spend on one thing before moving to the next, to really understand the rhythm, maybe the syncopation, to your day. Today is about acknowledging that we all have rhythm to our day. And this exercise is going to help you look forward more purposefully to the next half of your day.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:49
We're going to explore what you have coming up, and how you might move through it with slightly more gracefulness and agility. We're going to use a mantra that mirrors some of the magic of Arranger, but again, can be applied to your themes: I see. I sort. I choose. I act.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:14
Your natural talents act as filters to what you notice, what you prioritize and what you do. Take another really deep breath in right now. ... And then press that breath all the way out, really emptying your lungs. ... You can resume your normal breathing as you continue to listen and I guide you through this. I want you to think about what you'll face in the next hour of today. Imagine if that entire hour showed up in your lap right now. You see it. You sort it. You choose what to do. You act.

Maika Leibbrandt 3:04
Now, what if the next 2 hours of your day showed up, all in your lap, all at once? Everything you need to do, know, feel or see -- it's all there. It's starting to get heavier. And still you have the talent to handle it. I see. I sort. I choose. I act. Whatever you have coming over the next half of your day, let's say the next 4 to 5 hours, there's a lot filling that time. Right now I want you to imagine one big, messy pile. It all shows up right here in your lap, and it spills off of your lap onto the floor, maybe even a splashing onto anybody within arm's reach. You can still get through it but not without being thoughtful. See it. Take it in. Acknowledge all that you have in front of you. ...

Maika Leibbrandt 4:11
You sort. Pay attention to what your talents are sorting toward; what makes something feel worthy of your energy? You choose. Say "Yes" to those parts that resonate with your goals, that make the most of the talent that you have to give. You act. Suddenly, this pile doesn't matter anymore. You've said "Yes" to the most important priorities, and you've left the rest to sort of dissipate into the atmosphere. There's no longer a pile on your lap; you're left with only those most important priorities.

Maika Leibbrandt 4:58
Lean into those moments of flow, of greatness, when how to act just makes sense to you. That is moving forward from a place of talent, acknowledging that you know best how to proceed throughout your day. Let's take one more deep breath in. ... And as you exhale, know that whatever the rest of your day has to bring to you -- no matter how structured it is, or how full or relaxing it is -- as you go throughout your day, notice your filter is working for you. I see. I sort. I choose. I act.

Jim Collison 5:48
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Awareness: Let a Single Word Be Your Guide" on Spreaker.

Transcription

Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
Let's dive in right now. Just let go of anything you might be physically hanging on to. If you're sitting in a chair, get comfortable, get all your wiggles out. Maybe you really feel the weight of your body in that chair. If you're driving, don't do this! Here, we're gonna, we're gonna go into this together. I'd like you to absorb and really inhale all your day and all of your thoughts. Take that deep inhale in. And then squeeze out all that clutter, exhale, let it all out.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:42
Here we are with a fresh, clean slate to get in touch with our talents. So let's breathe in fresh. Exhale clean. Today, I invite you to focus on one single word -- you get to choose it -- a word that will guide you through the rest of your day and maybe spill into tomorrow or to next week. You might choose a word right now that aligns with your priorities, your values, maybe an aspiration that you have. Think of one word that can lead you through the rest of your day. A word that could serve as your safari guide. If you can't think of one right now, or it's getting to be too much work, it's bringing you out of this space to come up with a word, I invite you to borrow mine. That'll be the word "hope" -- H-O-P-E.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:48
Close your eyes if you're comfortable. Or if you're not, you can look down past your nose to a single spot right in front of you. I'd like to see the whole worl -- whole word -- floating around in your brain. Spell that word in your mind. Imagine how it feels in your mouth, if you were to speak that word out loud. In your mind's eye, think of that word floating in the air around your head after you've spoken it. And imagine what that word sounds like when someone you love says it out loud.

Maika Leibbrandt 3:52
Imagine that word going back in through your ears, into your brain. And now it's back in your brain. It's floating around, mixing and mingling with the rest of your thoughts. That word is going to land on the inside of your brain, right at the front, right behind your forehead, and settle in. You'll carry this word with you for the rest of today, until it no longer serves you. Let that word be your focus. Let it be your guide. You are in charge.

Jim Collison 4:38
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Appreciation: Recognize How Your Talents Bring You Clarity" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
Start with a big, deep breath. Our topic right now, similar to Command, is clarity. Now different talent themes are going to find clarity in different times and in unique ways. So as we think a little more about clarity, put both of your feet on the floor. Lengthen your spine. Imagine how it feels to truly know the answer to something. Feel how solid your feet are on the ground right now. Think of that feeling, feeling that same kind of solid peace or that same certainty in your gut, in your heart or in your brain. Roll your shoulders up, back and then slide your, your shoulder blades down your spine. Now you're slightly bigger, maybe even a little bit more powerful.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:03
When you feed your talents, they bring an element of clarity, of certainty, of calm. What gives you clarity? Depending on your talent themes, it might be time, plans, chaos, people talking, studying, doing, sorting. What brings you clarity? Your greatest strengths give you power. That power is comforting. It's addicting. It's really beautiful. Know that right now, you are powerful, not in the same way that anyone else is, not in a way that's momentary or fleeting. I want you to carry that power with you today. The world needs it. And that's our Talent Mindfulness exercise for the day.

Jim Collison 2:56
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course, you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Appreciation: Craft One Line to Convey What You're Great At" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:00
Today is a creative reflection. So you can either do this in your head or at a computer, wherever you are more comfortable. If you're going to participate by actually typing at a computer, I invite you to open up a blank word processing application right now. If you are doing it in your head, I want you to imagine a word processing application. So let's start with just one deep breath.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:33
All right, I'm going to challenge you over the next 3 to 5 minutes. Five minutes from now you will leave this short head space having written, edited and kind of finalized something. So you're going to do a bit of work. Get comfortable, get out your wiggles, be here. Imagine that you're typing and you only have one line to use. You must be able to read the font size without straining. This is your canvas -- this one line. And in this one line, in your mind or at a computer, type the answer to this question. I'm gonna ask you it, ask it several times. So first, I just want your first attempt.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:14
Here's the question: What are you great at? Go ahead. If you're really at a computer, type it; if you're not, type it in your mind. Use the full width of the page -- one full line. What are you great at?

Maika Leibbrandt 2:45
If you're struggling, that's OK. We're going to edit a bit to get down to a polished few words. So to help you narrow it down, I'm going to ask you a series of harder questions that help you answer, What are you great at? What do you usually do faster and better than other people? What do your partners tend to ask you for? What has someone else appreciated about you that you thought was just no big deal?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:28
Now let's go back to your computer screen, either in your mind or an actual computer screen. Answer the question, "What are you great at?" in half as many words as you did before. So now you still get one line, but you only get half the width of your paper.

Maika Leibbrandt 3:56
If you're comfortable -- this is a habit I used when I was a journalist -- say what you're typing out loud. What are you great at? What are you GREAT at?

Maika Leibbrandt 4:19
Now I want you to click "Save" in your brain. This is true. This is something you will know about yourself and share through contribution with other people. Often we think, "Gosh, what's next, after Name it, Claim it, Aim it?" when we're talking about CliftonStrengths and that coaching journey, as if those are easy steps. But as you probably just realized, naming what you're great at and then editing it to what's really true, what's the essence and what's unique -- that can be hard work. So thank you for starting that hard work today. That's the end of our Talent Mindfulness.

Jim Collison 5:07
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Appreciation: Envision a Recent "Victor's Circle" Moment" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:05
Take a really deep breath in. Hold it at the top. And exhale anything you're thinking about -- just let it all go. People with strong Competition talent feel a special burst of energy when they win. Now, you might not have Competition, but there is a time in your life when you feel similar bursts of restorative, life-giving energy. So for those with Competition, it might feel like a sequence in a horse-racing movie, where your underdog racehorse starts to come from behind and overtake that favored front-runner. The music swells, the ambient noise goes away. You feel moved by seeing the reactions on all the onlookers' faces. There's joy, there's elation, there's excitement, pride, power, there's connection. And there's often that moment in that victor's circle when the winning horse gets showered with flowers, and you're just sort of awash in the glow of positive energy.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:19
Think about a time for yourself in the past 30 days when you felt positive energy, joy -- even if it was fleeting. When was your horserace-movie victory montage? Maybe it was solving a problem, connecting with a friend, comforting someone, making a big plan. What were you doing when you felt replenished? Like even if it was only in your head, it was worthy of perhaps a movie clip? Let's take another deep breath in. This time, inhale all that joy, that restorative spirit from that moment. Let it fill your lungs and your brainwaves for just a little bit. As you exhale, breathe out any doubt you have about yourself and your talent. You are powerful. You are worthy of a victory lap.

Jim Collison 3:28
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Awareness: Feed Your Confidence by Feeding Your Talents" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:00
We're gonna start with a deep breath. So breathe in. And breathe out. And just be present. Just be here. I want to talk a little about calmness, certainty, power. We talked about Connectedness today, and Connectedness does bring with it a certain amount of knowing. You have this within you somewhere, even if you don't have Connectedness, but it probably comes from somewhere very unique to you. So I want you to think about the last week. When did you feel confident? Just be in that moment. Remember what that felt like, what you were doing, what you were feeling, maybe who you were with. And then we're gonna dig a little bit deeper into how you got there.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:00
When you're hungry for confidence, what do your talents crave, specifically? What do you look for or do when you're confused? What makes you feel ready to proceed most powerfully? In that moment in the last week, when you felt confident, how did you get there? You are at your most powerful when you're feeding your talents what they crave. And today it's that idea of, you know, knowing, Do you need time? Do you need ideas? Do you need to talk? Do you need to draw? Do you need to listen? Do you need to research? Do you need to listen to a great podcast? I want you to commit in your brain right now to doing something that will feed your confidence by feeding your talents. Imagine what that something might be.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:56
And I want you to give you a, give yourself a score. How likely are you to actually do that in the next 7 days? A "10" is, "I will absolutely do it"; a "1" is "I've already forgotten it." Give yourself a score in your head, from 1 to 10. How likely are you to really do that? And then edit your plan so that it goes 1 point higher. So now the question is, What are you going to do to feed your confidence by feeding your talents?

Jim Collison 3:35
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Awareness: Dig Into Your Group's Excellence via 'Always'" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
Let's start just with a deep breath in, and exhale anything else that might be cluttering your brain. Today, we are going to think about strengths as they relate to your experience as part of a group. You could say this is an exercise in understanding perhaps what might lead to greater group engagement. I'd like you to consider a group that you identify as part of, maybe it's your team, a neighborhood, an organization, an industry, your family. Get that group in your mind.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:43
Now I'd like you to think, What is that group known for doing well? Sort through all those ideas you have, and pick one word to describe what's great about that group. If you're joining us live, add that word in the chat.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:12
Now let's focus on that word. See the word in your brain. Imagine what it would sound like if you were gonna say it out loud. Again, this is one word to describe something that the group you're thinking of does really well. Now, let's get curious about how this group does that so well. What is one "always" that people in this group agree to? Maybe you could think of it as, you know, "In this group, we always ... ," or "Anytime this group is together, we always ... "

Maika Leibbrandt 2:57
Now think of the role that you specifically play within that group. I'm going to ask you 3 sentences that I'd like you to finish in your brain. 1) "As part of this group, here's something I enjoy doing." 2) "As part of this group, others look to me for ... " 3) "In this group, I always ... "

Maika Leibbrandt 3:46
Take some notes if you need to. I think this is important to be able to really dive into the ingredients of an engaged team and your role within a group. There is consistency to our talents, whether or not you lead with a Consistency theme. They are recurring patterns of how we make sense of the world. And we can learn a lot by being mindful about what we always do, how we always partner, or expectations that we always have. As you continue through the rest of your day. I want to encourage you to notice how you're contributing -- not just to yourself, but as part of a whole. And that's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Jim Collison 4:32
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Appreciation: Focus on Your Talent Then, Now, in Relationships" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:05
Let's start with a deep breath. Breathe in through your mouth and exhale, let it all go, just be here in the moment. So it's helpful to study the past in order to understand the future, even if that isn't where your brain naturally goes. Today, we're going to do just that. If you're comfortable, and it's safe to do so, close your eyes. If that doesn't make you comfortable, or it's not safe to do so, choose a spot -- kind of cast your gaze down, choose a spot somewhere beyond your nose that you can focus on.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:41
I'd like you to think about your own Top 5 talent themes. Which one of those can you remember showing up earliest in your life? Focus on that one. If you're in the chat, type the theme name into the chat. If you're not, just think about that theme name. See it in your mind, think about what it sounds like to say it out loud.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:11
Now we're going to go back in our own history. Go back in your own life to a time that that theme showed up brilliantly for you. What were you doing? Who were you with? What did it look like? What words do you think you or someone else would use to describe that early talent of yours? What was valuable about that talent back then? Maybe that talent was appreciated and nurtured early on. What did someone do or notice and care for that talent in you? How did somebody really honor it early on?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:11
Now I want you to stay in your imagination, but bring your focus to today. Think about that same talent theme and how it plays out today. What is valuable about that same talent theme as it manifests in your current life? Who's someone in your life who appreciates and honors that talent? How do they do that?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:52
I'm going to close with 2 sentence stems. I want you to think about how to end these 2 sentences right now: 1) "A great talent of mine is ... " 2) "This talent feels appreciated when ... "

Maika Leibbrandt 4:19
You've probably noticed a couple elements of some truths about CliftonStrengths, and one is that talents grow best in relationships. Another is that they are naturally recurring, and they've probably been there a lot longer than you realize. It's worth studying past success. It's worth studying current success. And it's worth studying what great partners do to make the most of you. You are the best educator of others in terms of how to get the most of you.

Maika Leibbrandt 4:48
So if you need to replay this, feel free to replay it. I hope you get to that point where you can finish those 2 sentences: 1) What is a great talent of yours? and 2) What can people do to appreciate it? That's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Jim Collison 5:06
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Application: Finish a Key Task: Risks, Rewards, First Step" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:00
I invite you to just take a deep breath, in through your nose, and out through your mouth. In Gallup's Advanced Strengths Coaching course, one of the coaching techniques that we describe is something called "mental contrasting." It's a way to help your client expand their thinking around a problem by exploring the emotions, the ideas or maybe even the plans other than what they're currently focused on.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:35
So right now I'd like you to think about an important task that you need to complete. It could be personal or professional, long-term or short, or short-term; it needs to be real, not, not a "what if -- maybe I should do this?" What is something you really do need to complete? What is it? Why is it important to you? What does success look like upon completing that task? Maybe even imagine yourself after having completed that task. What will you be doing? How will you celebrate? How will, will your world be a little bit different?

Maika Leibbrandt 2:22
Which of your dominant talent themes is going to help you complete that task with ease, excellence, enjoyment? OK, hope you have a real spotlight in your mind of what this task is and how you plan on going, going through with it. Now I'd like you to consider what factor -- either one that you know about or one that could just be a potential, you haven't experienced yet -- could get in your way?

Maika Leibbrandt 2:59
Let yourself go there. You don't have to say any of this out loud. You don't have to acknowledge it anywhere but your brain. But what could really go wrong? How would you react if that happened? I'm going to give you permission to go a little bit deeper: What is the worst that could happen? And how would you react? What would you do?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:40
Now let's come back to what you thought of before. Let's come back to why this task is important to you. And now that you've considered potential risks, I want to invite you to refocus on the "but really"; what do you really need to do? What is the very first step that you need to take?

Maika Leibbrandt 4:16
Now let's take another deep breath in through your nose. And a big exhale out through your mouth. There's your Talent Mindfulness for today, hopefully a nice little refresh on an important task.

Jim Collison 4:38
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Appreciation: Reflect on How One Person Has Helped You Change" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:04
So a deep breath in, and release that breath out. Of all the people in your life, who has helped you grow? You might be thinking of a lot of people, a lot of names, maybe some of them are living and some of them aren't. If you were to think about all the people you've ever known who have helped you grow, and line them up facing you, that line might wrap around you in a giant circle or a tiny little circle, so that no matter where you turned, you'd see the face of someone who's contributed to your development. Strengths -- and, for that matter, human beings -- grow best in relationship with others.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:57
Of all the people you're imagining right now, I'd like you to narrow your focus to just one person. Who has helped you grow the most in the past 90 days? From that Developer lineup you've got going in your imagination, imagine that one person taking a step toward you, and the rest of your great Developers kind of fade away. Now you're left with one person who has significantly helped you improve recently. See their face. Imagine how their voice sounds when they say your name.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:45
Growth requires change. Because of this person, you are changed -- for better, for good. How are you different than you were before this person? What's better about you? What is stronger about you? What did they uncover in you? What's brighter, more powerful, more sophisticated? Let's take all those ideas and finish this statement in your mind: "Because of this person, I am _____."

Maika Leibbrandt 3:51
I want to encourage you to first appreciate the growth in yourself. Understand that areas of talent bring infinite potential to get better. But we don't get to world class by accident. You deserve to feel proud of the change that you have made. And next, I want to encourage you as well to reach out to this person if possible over the next week, and share that gratitude. That's a dose of Talent Mindfulness for today.

Jim Collison 4:27
And with that, we'd like to remind everyone to take full advantage of all the resources we have available on Gallup Access. Just visit gallup.com/cliftonstrengths. And while you're there, sign up for the CliftonStrengths Insight Newsletter. The link is at the bottom of every page at gallup.com. For coaching, master coaching or to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, of course you can send us an email: coaching@gallup.com. Join us on any social platform by searching "CliftonStrengths," and thanks for listening today. If you enjoyed it, please share it. With that, we'll say, Goodbye, everybody.

Listen to the audio-only version of "Awareness: Name a Practice That Helped You Reach a Goal" on Spreaker.

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Maika Leibbrandt 0:00
Hey there, I'm Maika Leibbrandt, a Consultant here with Gallup. Talent Mindfulness is a practice, an invitation to listen on purpose to your own greatest potential -- those natural patterns of how you think, feel and behave that lead you to experiencing success, to thriving and having your own best version of your life. CliftonStrengths measures a presence of talent across 34 areas that we call "themes." And these Talent Mindfulness moments help you activate your strengths. Don't try, as you're listening, to force an answer or write down everything you think of. Just experience the practice; you can always come back again. Strengths don't improve themselves. Greatness comes from a bit of effort, building upon who you already are. So lean in, get comfortable and listen to your own insights that your talents have to offer. Here's your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:00
I invite you just to take a deep breath. Let it out, let it all go. There is no need to figure anything out for the next 3 minutes. Today's Talent Mindfulness exercise is about detail -- something people with dominant Discipline talents might get excited about hearing, and something, if you don't have high Discipline, you might shy away from. You probably have some relationship with detail that's slightly different than your colleagues who have Discipline. But building upon our talents requires each of us to really understand our own perspective and invest in our own patterns. So with or without strong Discipline, again, this Mindfulness exercise is for you.

Maika Leibbrandt 1:51
Let's take one more deep breath, in through the nose. Hold it at the top; really feel that breath filling your lungs, and out through the mouth. I want you to keep your eyes open for the start of this. Today, we're building awareness of your surroundings. From where you are, we're going to take a physical stretch. Turn your head to the left side as far as you can to where your body naturally stops. Don't push it any farther. Look at everything you can see from this point. Now slowly bring your gaze back to the center. I'm gonna invite you to turn your head over toward your right shoulder. Turn as far as you can until your body naturally tells you to stop. And take in everything you can see.

Maika Leibbrandt 2:51
As you continue to breathe and continue to look around, bring your head back to that neutral, spine-forward-facing position. And still observing everything that you can see, just look at what's in your current field of vision. I'd like you to find one detail -- something you can see from where you are right now. What's one specific detail that makes the space you're in THAT space? One thing in your space that if it wasn't there, you would notice that it was gone. Now I'm not just talking about the couch because it's huge. What's one specific thing in that space that truly makes it?

Maika Leibbrandt 3:43
Now we're going to go a little bit deeper and take this Mindfulness exercise away from what we can see into an observation of how we get things done. So now I'm gonna invite you to close your eyes. If you're not comfortable closing your eyes, just bring your gaze down so you're not distracted by anything that you can, you can see. I'd like you to consider a goal that you have achieved -- something you're proud of accomplishing. This doesn't have to be monumental. It doesn't have to impress anyone else. But get a specific goal in mind.

Maika Leibbrandt 4:20
Now think about the process you followed to reach that goal. What was one thing, one detail, if you will, that enabled your success? Be as specific as you can in your mind. Just like picking that detail that makes your space -- makes, makes or breaks the space that you're in, what part of your process do you think you would notice if you failed to repeat it the next time you pursue a goal? Maybe it's a partnership, an expectation, a way of working, a habit, a ritual, a routine.

Maika Leibbrandt 5:04
What we're discussing here is the concept of practice. And that's worth naming. Talent multiplied by investment equals strength. And sometimes that investment is in the form of practice. So it's worth studying, especially when goals are achieved. We know that areas of nontalent can get to mediocrity at best, but in, in places where you truly have talent, you can grow those infinitely. You have to be committed to being curious about what works when it works, in order to grow them. So it's worth studying these practices, it's worth naming. You can bring your gaze back up, sort of come back into consciousness. I invite you to write down the discovery that you made throughout that exercise. Maybe it's naming the practice that works for you. Write it down somewhere, bring it with you, maybe incorporate it into your next partnership. That is your Talent Mindfulness for today.

Jim Collison 6:03
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