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Attending to strengths
November 05, 2012

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Six Rules for a Rewarding career by Eric Barker in The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

  1. Don’t plan
  2. Thinks strengths not weaknesses
  3. It’s not about you
  4. Persistence trumps talent
  5. Make excellent mistakes
  6. Leave an imprint

Clive Woodward coached the England rugby team to their 2003 World Cup triumph. I still remember an interview he gave after an England defeat a couple of years before that. The interviewer asked him what he was going to do about it. He said that the team was going to have the rest of the weekend off and look at the game on Monday. He was only up for in immediate post mortem after victories as he was much more interested in what the team was doing right than was doing wrong.

You can see that this has stayed with me for a long time.

An almost universal characteristic of the clients who come to see me is their relentless focus on what is going wrong and how this reflects badly on them and is confirmation of their perennial and overwhelming deficiencies. And I know that down the line they will have to be comfortable again (or for the first time) with their strengths. How are these working for them and what might be needed to reinforce them? And indeed, where they need to look to find them.

It is always about our attention. Where we focus it? So, where are you focusing it – on your strengths or your weaknesses?

best wishes

Andrew Richardson
Feelbetter Counselling East London

94 Malford Grove, London E18 2DQ

Direct Line: 0208 257 0429 Mobile: 07870 104651 Skype: famrichhg

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