Finishing Well

Jim – I help people finish well.

Client – finish well? I’m barely getting started.

J – Supposed I said, “Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Check to see if it is done. If not done, bake another 5-10 minutes.”
What questions would you have?

C – What am I baking?

            How will I know if it is done?

J – You have just proved my point. “Finishing well” cannot be achieved by focusing on finishing.  You can only finish well if you first start well.

Can we unpack the baking analogy?

C – Sure

J – Suppose you are going to bake something for the first time.  What is the first step?

C – I find a recipe that sounds doable for my cooking skills

J – Then what?

C – I read the recipe, make a list of the ingredients, and check the pantry and fridge.

J – And then?

C – Then I go shopping for what I need that I don’t already have.

J – OK, now you have all the ingredients.  Now what?

C – I measure out all the ingredients in separate bowls

J – Why is that step important to you?

C – because I have found that some steps in the recipe are very time sensitive.  I do not want to be at one of those steps and be caught unprepared, reading through the recipe to find out how much salt, baking soda, etc. to add and miss the time window.

J – OK, you now have mixed all the ingredients, now what.

C – NOW I’m ready for that information you gave me at the beginning of this conversation.

J – Exactly!

            Now you know what you are baking!

            How will you know when it is done?

C – That depends on what I am baking.

If it is a pizza, the crust is brown and the cheese is bubbling

If it is a cake or bread, I want the center to be fully cooked, not doughy (test with a toothpick).

J – So – in order to finish well, you needed to start with quite a bit of preparation.

C – Yes!  But how does that have anything to do with life? And Coaching?

J – I am glad you asked.  I help people discover their strengths and core values.

            What if I told you that your strengths are like the ingredients and your core values are the directions for mixing the ingredients in the proper proportion and baking it.

C – That makes sense.  But where do I look for my strengths? In the pantry? The fridge? Or the grocery store?

J – Excellent question.  There is a test you can take to discover what your strengths are.

You can find this test at

https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/253868/popular-cliftonstrengths-assessment-products.aspx

For a small fee you get your top 5, which is where you live most of the time.

If you want the whole list (34) it costs a bit more.

            As we explore your strengths and how you are living them out, we will discover your core values. Your strengths are there inside you. You may be familiar with some of them already, but I am confident that when you read your strengths descriptions you will see yourself in them.

The core values are often found in the descriptions of your strengths as well. And everyone has unique core values since everyone has a unique blend of strengths.

As we talk through your strengths, we will explore how they show up in “raw” (unproductive) and “refined” (productive) ways in your life. Once we have “bought the ingredients and measured them all out” (know your strengths and core values) we can explore the implications of the raw and refined use of your strengths has in all aspects of your life. This is where the fun begins and where you get to see how to use your strengths and core values to “Finish Well!”

C- Got it!

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