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My Goal - To be the World's Greatest Teacher to The World's Greatest Creatures

Updated: May 18, 2023


Gallup Strengths is a scientifically valid approach to personal and professional development. The approach is based on years of research conducted by the Gallup organisation, and the 34 strengths identified by the organisation have been tested and validated through extensive surveys and assessments.


The Gallup organisation has conducted research on millions of individuals across different cultures, industries, and professions, and has found that individuals who focus on their strengths are more engaged, productive, and successful than those who focus on their weaknesses.


In addition, numerous independent studies have found that individuals who receive coaching and training based on their strengths report greater levels of job satisfaction, better relationships, and higher performance than those who do not.


Overall, Gallup Strengths is a scientifically valid approach that has been shown to be effective in helping individuals identify and leverage their natural talents and abilities to achieve greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.


My top 10 strengths!


1) The Achiever strength in the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment refers to individuals who possess an innate drive to achieve their goals and have high levels of energy and determination. A person with the Achiever strength can help athletes in several ways, including:

  1. Goal Setting: Achievers are highly skilled at setting goals and creating a plan of action to achieve them. They can help athletes define their goals and establish a plan to accomplish them.

  2. Motivation: Achievers have a natural drive to succeed and can help athletes stay motivated, especially during challenging times.

  3. Work Ethic: Achievers have a strong work ethic and are highly productive. They can help athletes develop discipline and focus on the task at hand.

  4. Resilience: Achievers have a strong ability to bounce back from setbacks and persevere through challenges. They can help athletes develop mental toughness and resilience.

  5. Accountability: Achievers hold themselves and others accountable for their actions and can help athletes take ownership of their performance and results.

Overall, a person with the Achiever strength can provide athletes with the tools and support needed to achieve their goals, stay motivated, and develop the mental toughness needed to perform at their best.


2) Competition strength is characterised by a desire to compete and win. People with this strength enjoy measuring their performance against others and pushing themselves to be the best they can be. Here are five ways that someone with Competition as a strength can help athletes:

  1. Provide motivation: A coach with Competition as a strength can use their own desire to compete and win to motivate athletes. They can inspire athletes to set goals and work hard to achieve them.

  2. Encourage healthy competition: Someone with Competition as a strength can help athletes learn to compete in a healthy way. They can teach athletes to focus on their own performance and growth rather than just trying to beat others.

  3. Foster resilience: Athletes with Competition as a strength may experience disappointment or setbacks when they don't win. A coach with this strength can help athletes bounce back from these experiences by teaching them to learn from failure and keep pushing towards their goals.

  4. Improve performance: A coach with Competition as a strength can help athletes improve their performance by setting challenging goals and providing feedback on their progress. They can also help athletes develop strategies to compete more effectively.

  5. Cultivate a winning mindset: Finally, a coach with Competition as a strength can help athletes develop a winning mindset. They can help athletes focus on the things they can control, such as their attitude and effort, and develop the mental toughness necessary to perform well under pressure.

Reference: Rath, T. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. Gallup Press.


3) Restorative Gallup strengths refer to an individual's ability to solve problems and restore things to their original working state. This strength can be particularly useful for athletes who may face physical injuries or mental setbacks during their training or competition. Here are five ways in which an individual with strong restorative strengths can help athletes:

  1. Injury recovery: Athletes may face injuries during their training or competition, which can affect their physical abilities and mental health. An individual with strong restorative strengths can help athletes recover from injuries by providing them with the necessary resources and support to get back to their original physical state.

  2. Mental setbacks: Athletes may also face mental setbacks, such as anxiety or stress, that can affect their performance. An individual with strong restorative strengths can help athletes identify the root cause of their setbacks and develop strategies to overcome them.

  3. Problem-solving: Athletes may face various challenges in their training or competition, such as equipment malfunction or unexpected changes in the game plan. An individual with strong restorative strengths can help athletes solve problems quickly and efficiently to minimise the impact on their performance.

  4. Adaptability: Athletes must be adaptable to changing circumstances, such as weather conditions or unexpected changes in the competition schedule. An individual with strong restorative strengths can help athletes develop adaptability skills and strategies to navigate these changes effectively.

  5. Recovery and regeneration: Athletes must prioritise rest and recovery to prevent burnout and injuries. An individual with strong restorative strengths can help athletes develop recovery and regeneration plans that prioritise rest, nutrition, and mental wellness to support their long-term success.

Reference: Rath, T. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. Gallup Press.


4) Individualisation is a Gallup strength that involves recognising and valuing the unique qualities, preferences, and strengths of each individual. A mental toughness coach with this strength can help athletes by creating personalized plans that align with their unique needs and goals.

Here are 5 ways an individualization strength can help athletes:

  1. Personalised training: The coach can tailor training programs to fit the specific needs and goals of each athlete, maximizing their potential.

  2. Customised feedback: By recognizing the individuality of each athlete, the coach can provide feedback that resonates with them on a personal level, making it more impactful.

  3. Fostering self-awareness: Through individualised assessments and feedback, athletes can become more self-aware, identifying their strengths and areas for improvement.

  4. Adjusting to changes: An individualisation strength can help the coach adapt to changes in the athlete's circumstances, such as injuries or changes in personal or professional life.

  5. Encouraging autonomy: By valuing each athlete's unique qualities and preferences, the coach can empower them to take ownership of their training, leading to greater motivation and self-efficacy.

In summary, a mental toughness coach with an individualisation strength can create personalised plans that maximise the potential of each athlete, provide customised feedback that resonates with them on a personal level, foster self-awareness, adapt to changes, and encourage autonomy.


5) Relator is one of the Gallup strengths that describes individuals who enjoy close relationships with others and have a strong desire to help and support them. In the context of athletes, a coach or mentor with the Relator strength can provide the following benefits:

  1. Build strong relationships with athletes: Coaches with the Relator strength are adept at forming deep, meaningful connections with their athletes. They can create a safe and supportive environment that helps athletes feel more comfortable and open up about their feelings, concerns, and challenges.

  2. Understand athletes' needs and motivations: Relators have a natural ability to tune in to other people's emotions and motivations. They can use this skill to gain a deeper understanding of what drives each athlete and tailor their coaching style and approach accordingly.

  3. Provide emotional support: Athletes often face a range of emotional challenges, from performance anxiety to burnout. A coach with the Relator strength can provide emotional support and guidance to help athletes navigate these challenges and build their mental resilience.

  4. Foster teamwork and collaboration: Relators excel at creating a sense of community and promoting teamwork. They can help athletes build strong bonds with one another and work together more effectively to achieve their goals.

  5. Celebrate individual and team successes: Coaches with the Relator strength have a genuine appreciation for their athletes' successes, both as individuals and as a team. They can help athletes celebrate their accomplishments and feel valued and supported throughout their journey.

Overall, the Relator strength is valuable in coaching athletes because it allows coaches to connect with their athletes on a deeper level, provide emotional support, and foster a sense of community and teamwork.


6) Learner Gallup strength can help athletes in the following ways:

  1. Continuous learning: Athletes who have a coach with a Learner strength can benefit from their coach's curiosity and love of learning, which can inspire and motivate them to continue to learn and improve their skills.

  2. Innovative thinking: A coach with the Learner strength can help athletes think outside of the box and develop new and innovative strategies to improve their performance.

  3. Research and analysis: Coaches with the Learner strength tend to enjoy research and analysis. They can help athletes review past performances, analyse data and develop insights to improve future performances.

  4. Adapting to changes: The world of sports is constantly changing, and athletes need to be adaptable to succeed. A coach with the Learner strength can help athletes learn to embrace change, adapt and adjust their training regimen to meet new demands and challenges.

  5. Personalised training plans: Coaches with the Learner strength tend to be good listeners and seek to understand their athletes' unique strengths and weaknesses. They can use this knowledge to tailor personalized training plans that address their athletes' specific needs, and help them achieve their full potential.

References:

  • Clifton, D. O., Anderson, E., & Schreiner, L. A. (2006). StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond. Gallup Press.

  • Rath, T. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. Gallup Press.

7) Activator coach with the mental toughness to inspire action can help athletes in the following ways:

  1. Motivate athletes: Activators are known to be catalysts for change and action, inspiring individuals to take the necessary steps towards their goals (Rath & Conchie, 2009). With their enthusiasm, they can motivate athletes to push beyond their limits and achieve their full potential.

  2. Set clear objectives: Activators have a talent for setting clear and concise objectives and goals. A mental toughness coach with the Activator strength can help athletes set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals, which can help them stay focused and motivated during training and competitions (Locke & Latham, 2002).

  3. Take initiative: Athletes with a coach who possesses the Activator strength can learn to take the initiative and be proactive in their approach to training and competitions. Activator coaches can help athletes develop the mental toughness to take the necessary steps to succeed, even when faced with obstacles and challenges (Rath & Conchie, 2009).

  4. Improve decision-making: Activator coaches can help athletes improve their decision-making skills by encouraging them to act quickly and decisively in high-pressure situations. With the mental toughness to remain calm under pressure, athletes can make better decisions that can lead to success (Fletcher & Sarkar, 2012).

  5. Encourage risk-taking: Athletes who work with an Activator coach can learn to take calculated risks to achieve their goals. Activators have the mental toughness to embrace change and take calculated risks, which can help athletes step outside their comfort zones and achieve their full potential (Rath & Conchie, 2009).

References: Fletcher, D., & Sarkar, M. (2012). A grounded theory of psychological resilience in Olympic champions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13(5), 669-678. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.04.007

Locke, E. A., & Latham, G. P. (2002). Building a practically useful theory of goal setting and task motivation: A 35-year odyssey. American Psychologist, 57(9), 705-717. doi: 10.1037//0003-066X.57.9.705

Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. Gallup Press.


8) Ideation gallup strength can help athletes in the following ways:

  1. Generating creative solutions: Ideation is characterized by the ability to generate new ideas and approaches. A coach with this strength can help athletes think outside the box and generate creative solutions to problems they may encounter in their training and competition (CliftonStrengths, n.d.).

  2. Brainstorming strategies: Coaches with Ideation strength can facilitate brainstorming sessions with athletes to develop strategies that can help them achieve their goals. They can help athletes think of new ways to approach training and competition, leading to better performance (CliftonStrengths, n.d.).

  3. Exploring new training methods: With their focus on generating new ideas, coaches with Ideation strength can help athletes explore different training methods that can help them improve their performance. They can help athletes think of unconventional ways to train, leading to new breakthroughs in their performance (CliftonStrengths, n.d.).

  4. Encouraging experimentation: Coaches with Ideation strength can encourage athletes to experiment with new approaches to their training and competition. They can help athletes step out of their comfort zone and try new things, leading to better performance and personal growth (CliftonStrengths, n.d.).

  5. Fostering a growth mindset: Athletes with a growth mindset believe that their abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. A coach with Ideation strength can help athletes adopt this mindset by encouraging them to think of new ways to improve and develop their skills. They can help athletes see challenges as opportunities for growth and development (CliftonStrengths, n.d.).

Reference:

CliftonStrengths. (n.d.). Ideation. Gallup. Retrieved from https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252079/ideation-theme.aspx


9) Responsibility Gallup strength can help athletes in the following ways:

  1. Developing accountability: Coaches with a strong sense of responsibility can instill a sense of accountability in their athletes, helping them take ownership of their performance and training.

  2. Setting and achieving goals: Responsibility involves setting and achieving goals, and a coach with this strength can help athletes do the same. They can help their athletes set realistic goals and provide guidance and support to help them achieve those goals.

  3. Fostering discipline: Coaches with responsibility can instill discipline in their athletes. They can help them develop a routine and stick to it, even when it is difficult.

  4. Encouraging ethical behavior: Responsibility involves doing what is right, even when it is not easy. A coach with this strength can encourage their athletes to act ethically, to be honest, and to exhibit sportsmanship at all times.

  5. Promoting growth and development: Responsibility includes taking ownership of one's personal growth and development. A coach with this strength can help athletes identify areas for improvement and provide guidance and support to help them grow and develop as athletes and individuals.

References:

  • Clifton, D. O., & Harter, J. K. (2003). Investing in strengths. The Gallup Organization.

  • Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths-based leadership. Gallup Press.

10) Command Gallup Strength, I can help athletes in the following ways:

  1. Developing resilience: The Command Gallup Strength is a leadership trait that emphasizes resilience in the face of adversity. As a mental toughness coach, I can help athletes develop resilience by teaching them to bounce back from setbacks and failures. This will enable them to stay focused on their goals and push through obstacles.

  2. Enhancing confidence: Athletes with the Command Gallup Strength are self-assured and have a strong sense of their own abilities. As a mental toughness coach, I can help athletes enhance their confidence by working with them to develop their skills and mindset. This will enable them to approach challenges with a positive attitude and belief in themselves.

  3. Building focus: The Command Gallup Strength emphasizes the ability to maintain focus and stay on task. As a mental toughness coach, I can help athletes develop this trait by teaching them techniques for concentration and helping them to prioritize their goals. This will enable them to stay focused during training and competition.

  4. Managing stress: Athletes with the Command Gallup Strength are able to handle stress and pressure effectively. As a mental toughness coach, I can help athletes manage stress by teaching them relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and visualization. This will enable them to stay calm and composed during high-pressure situations.

  5. Developing mental toughness: Mental toughness is the ability to stay focused, confident, and resilient in the face of challenges. The Command Gallup Strength is a key component of mental toughness. As a mental toughness coach, I can help athletes develop mental toughness by working with them to develop their skills, mindset, and resilience. This will enable them to perform at their best in any situation.

I take a strength based, client centered approach with all athletes, and all the techniques and skills taught are scientifically backed!


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