Focus on what makes you rock

(every freakin’ minute, every day)

Self-confidence is your best outfit: rock it and own it

Only YOU matter. Focus on your talents, strengths, what you love, your passions, goals, dreams… Life is way too short not to focus on you. You rock for a reason. Hone in on your talents and strengths; only focus on those. We can’t be great at everything (believe me I have tried!). The key to focusing on what makes you rock is to know what makes you rock. Simple. Maybe not so much.

When I ask my leaders at events or conferences, and in my coaching or leadership programs, to write down what makes them different and unique, most people struggle. I bet they wouldn’t if I asked them to write down their weaknesses. ARGH!

So how do you find out what makes you different and unique? Why are you special? (Be assured, we all are!) What are your strengths, talents and passions?

Simple. It takes some work and self-discovery time though.

Find some tools to give you insight into what makes you tick and how people perceive you. This is a short list of possible strengths assessment tools available to you. Please note that it is important to have an expert debrief these to you if you complete them:

  • 360 assessments –we have some brilliant ones!
  • DISC – www.discpersonalitytesting.com
  • Myers Briggs – www.mbtionline.com
  • LSI – man-synergistics.com.au
  • Talent Dynamics – www.talent-dynamics.com/profile-test
  • Gallup Strengths Finder – gallupstrengthscenter.com

Ask your peers, family, friends, and work associates what they think your strengths and talents are.

Discover your values; what’s important to you and why? I am really aligned with my values as it drives my behaviour. It helps with my confidence and focus.

Write down a list of achievements, successes, what you love doing when you are at your best and when you are in the flow.

And finally surround yourself with people who have different strengths to you. They rock for a reason too! The more aware and the more you know what makes you rock; the more aware you will be to help those around you rock too.

You just have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be courageous. Gabby Douglas

Tell me 5 things that rock about you:







Author – Sonia McDonald, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and CEO of LeadershipHQ

Sonia McDonald is one of Globe’s leading leadership executive coaches and keynote speakers, as well as an advisor, thought leader, and author. She’s also CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ, and through this, she empowers people to discover their own innate talent and strengths.

Named as one of the Top 100 Australian Entrepreneurs and Top 250 Influential Women in the world, Sonia is shaking up the traditional view of leadership, and along the way she has uncovered some outstanding leadership talent which had previously gone unnoticed.

Sonia is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and strategy, organisational development, workplace diversity and the neuroscience of leadership.

Sonia has also coached people around the world, encouraging them to succeed by reaching their full potential. She has helped hundreds of people build their brands, grow their leadership and business strategies, increase their confidence, build awareness, increase their business revenue, connect to the right people, build exceptional skills and achieve brilliant businesses and careers.

Sonia has written several books on leadership: Leadership Attitude, Just Rock IT! and Neuroscience of Leadership, and she writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. She has been published in BBC Capital, The Australian, HRD Magazine, Business Insider and Richtopia

Her academic achievements include:

  • Bachelor of Business (HRM)
  • Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership
  • Certified in Prism Brain Mapping Assessment
  • Certified Leadership Architect
  • Certified in The Extraordinary Coach program.


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