A little personal
I am obsessed with personalities. It is so fascinating how vastly different everyone thinks, acts, and feels. The reason I am so interested in personalities is because I love understanding how people can be successful.
With that said, I am also a huge advocate of having a personal understanding who of you are, how you think and what you need to do to overcome some parts of your personality that may be keeping you from success.
I know that sounds negative, but it isn’t. View your personality as a tool. If you identify what makes you unique and work to sharpen it, you can be the best version of yourself (so cheesy but so true). By identifying these factors that may be holding you back, you can take charge of your own personal development and begin to challenge yourself in new ways.
When I was in college, I thought I wanted to be an English teacher. My sophomore year, I had a friend that asked if she could do a personality assessment on me for an assignment. After the assessment, she let me know that the characteristics of my personality aligned very well with sales and marketing. I thought this was so fascinating… so I took a Business 101 class and fell. in. love.
That just goes to show that personality tests are a great way to learn about yourself. They tell you where you’re successful and where you fall short. By identifying these factors, you immediately become more aware when these qualities surface and you recognize how they affect your day to day life.
There are many different types of personality tests out there but here are a few that I like:
*we use this at Parker to learn about how to communicate with each other. It is extremely helpful in navigating tough conversations or understanding how you are being perceived by others.
Involve other people
Once you have identified a few of the qualities you want to develop or strengthen, it is a great idea to have a few people holding you accountable for them. Obviously, make sure you choose people that care about you and won’t take advantage of this task.
Also, keep in mind that it can be super informal. For example, I will tell a friend that I am trying to work on active listening, and I will ask them to let me know when they feel like I’m not engaged in the conversation.
The point I am trying to drive here is that understanding who you are is a powerful tool. Allowing yourself forgiveness to grow and work on your flaws can’t happen if you don’t pinpoint them first. Once you understand why you think the way you do, you can communicate that to others and, I assure you, your professional and personal relationships will reap the benefits.
Photo courtesy of Moo's Musing.