When you know who you inherently are; what you like and don’t like, your strengths and weaknesses – you start to understand where it is you want to go in life, and how best to get there. You learn how to grow, and the way you want to grow.
Knowing yourself comes from a mix of different avenues;
- Spending time alone, and with other people.
- Being aware of how you think, react and speak.
- Finding out what you’re drawn to, and what you avoid.
- Exploring your limits of what you are capable of.
- Pushing past your comfort zone to reassess what you previously thought your limits were.
All this takes time, of course. You never really stop learning who you are, as life constantly changes and you constantly grow. But you can get up to speed with the person you are now.
Here’s a shortcut to get you started – a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator based test by 16Personalities. The MBTI test is a personality profiler created in 1962, by Katherine Cook Briggs, and her daughter, Isobel Briggs Myers. Katherine and Isobel used Carl Jung’s work on psychological types to help women entering the workforce during the post war era.
The test was designed to help women discover their strengths, weaknesses and general personality traits, and the 16Personalities version provides a simple way to get an overview of what your strengths and weaknesses may be. Most people find the test eerily accurate! And it’s free with no registration needed 🙂
Remember that this is just a starting point for you to take further.
The idea is that when you ‘know thyself’ and embrace who you are with all your quirks, you can figure out how to best work with your personality.
You can adjust, enhance or compensate for certain traits you have, and take advantage of the strengths you naturally embody.
Once you know who you’re working with, you’ll become unstoppable.
The 16 Personalities test gives you a percentage of each trait. You’ll be able to see if you’re almost equally balanced between two traits (like feeling and thinking), or if you’re most definitely one and not much of the other (like intuitive and observant). Something to keep in mind as you read the analysis!
What’s your personality profile? Take the test here and let us know in the poll below!