Strengths

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What are Strengths?

Strengths are the unique traits that come most easily or naturally to you. Your strengths can be leveraged to create quality job performance and can lead to a fulfilling life, when used to their fullest. Strengths can also be overdone, leading to an imbalance.

Learning about your strengths creates awareness and clarity, and it brings a positive focus to your self-concept. As you identify strengths, you might also find that there are development areas in which you are not as strong. Identifying your personal spectrum of strengths and relative weaknesses can help you see yourself more objectively, set goals, and build confidence.

It is common to think we must diminish our strengths to demonstrate humility, or focus only on weaknesses in order to grow. In fact, exercising humility really is an important strength all its own, and being authentic in weakness is essential to personal and professional development. While these two areas have their place, focusing on strengths can also be a powerful approach to learning about yourself and from which to begin creating what you are uniquely able to contribute to your relationships, work, and community.

What are YOUR Strengths?

Take the VIA Character Strengths survey today and discover your signature strengths that make you unique. 

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A few words from clients....

"Bethanie is an amazing coach. She is so present that she knows exactly how and when to ask powerful questions that make me pause, consider and realize that there is a way out of any situation I'm facing. I can see a significant shift in my mindset and look forward to every session we have."

Lois M., Life Coach

"I've been having regular coaching sessions with Bethanie among others. The insights I've discovered and gained during the coaching sessions with Bethanie have been colossal. I find myself inspired after being coached by her. Thank you, Bethanie!"

Dariush K., Executive Coach

"Bethanie is a sincere, kind, and positive woman.  She is a great listener with a wealth of insights and resources.  I always leave our sessions feeling more hopeful and clear about what the next steps are on my journey.  She is inspirational as a person and a coach." 

David C., Professor

"With Bethanie as my coach, I have established my core values, set new career goals, have a vision/path forward, and developed strategies to make that vision happen. Around my core values in particular, now I’m on a journey to realize them in all aspects of my life, including at work." 

Steve M., Director

"Because of the coaching experience, I've been much more focused on this leg of the journey, rather than the next mile. Coaching has forced me to take time to reflect on what's important to me, particularly on the professional front. Coaching has truly reinvigorated me by creating time and space to be mindful. For example, carving out time in my day to transition from work to personal life is something I've been emphasizing. Finally, I'm really starting to think about transitioning into my next BEST role. Thanks Bethanie!"

Mike L., Manager

“I’ve gained insights into how I present & how I use my energy from my coach - these have been invaluable for me to better prepare & show up for calls/meetings. I also refreshed my strengths & my values, which are helping me design my goals going forward. It’s been such an amazing experience. This coaching has helped me a lot to develop better strategies for taking on new opportunities & responding to challenges.”

Alice S., Director

“Through this coaching experience, I’ve learned to be more aware of the people I talk to and adjust my communication skills based on the situation and audience. This has really changed the way I interact with my peers and leaders, and now I’m stretching to build connections with upper managers within my organization. I must say, the sessions I had with my coach have been awesome! The impact it has had and will have on me will forever change the way I manage, communicate, and interact with people. Thank you so much Bethanie!”

Amar M., Engineering Team Lead

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