Self-coaching: What are you working with?

As you start thinking about the coaching topic you intend to work through, it can be useful to take stock of what you’re working with. Each person brings different strengths and perspectives to a situation. Revisiting what are your values, strengths and motivations can be a good reminder of how you can harness what you love and what you’re good at to make progress in this task.

  • Values: Clarify and rank your values to get some important clues about what motivates you
  • Personality: Get to know your personality traits and how they can help or hinder you
  • Strengths: Make an inventory of your skills and competencies to highlight areas of strength and key gaps

Where to start?

There are lots of free resources out there that can help you start this work. Googling “personal values assessment”, “free Big 5 personality test” and “personal skills inventory” are all good places to start. They will each help you get closer to answering: What do I love and what am I good at?

Try to answer any quizzes quickly and honestly, rather than how you think you ‘ought’ to answer. This way you’ll get a more realistic and usable profile of your traits, values and skills.

You can use insights from these exercises to understand your attitudes and preferences and the way you like to do things.

Reflection questions

What do you know now about what you believe in and stand for, and what you’re good at?

Where do you want to dig a little deeper?

Is there anything that surprised you?

How does this information affect the coaching topic you are exploring?

Which of your values, strengths or traits does this goal most closely align to?

Take it further

If you are interested in digging deeper in this area, Simon Sinek’s Start With Why,  Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness and Dr Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset are all great places to start.


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