The first step toward Owning Your Awesome is to understand yourself. What are your strengths? What are your are your weakest links? What motivates you? What makes you tick? They key to Owning Your Awesome starts with knowing what your Awesome is.
There are many ways to “inquire within” and get to know yourself. Here are some suggestions.
There are self-assessment quizzes available all over the Internet, many of them of dubious value. But, many are also very enlightening.
One of the best assessments I’ve come across is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. To get accurate results, it is best to take the assessment from a licensed professional, and you can do so online for under $50 at www.mbticomplete.com. However, you can get a taste of the MBTI for free at www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp#questionnaire. Once you get your four-letter Type, you can find a multitude of information about it on the Internet.
Another assessment I found particularly illuminating was the MAPP Career Assessment. You can take a free version of the test at www.assessment.com/TakeMAPP. The sample report you’ll receive will give you words and phrases that describe how you are at your best in he work place. You might be surprised to discover strengths you’ve taken for granted.
NOTE: July 30, 2018: I just found another no-cost assessment that seems pretty comprehensive. It’s called the Typology Central Jung Personality Test and gives you a classic Myers-Briggs type response.
Personality and Archetype Books
Being a self-assessment junkie, I’ve read a number of “what’s your personality?” type books. I even read one that based personality on hair color! Written in the 1950s, that one was fun. But on a more serious side, here are three books that I found well worth reading.
- Goddesses in Everywoman and Gods in Everyman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD.
The former is better than the latter, but they are both worth reading. In these books, Shinoda uses goddesses and gods from the Greek Pantheon to describe archetypal personality types. Are you an Artemis or Aphrodite? A Zeus or a Poseidon?
- Standing Ovation Presentations by Robyn Hatcher
Using a set of standard film archetypes, Hatcher helps her readers not only understand what their “ActorType” is, but how to use its strengths to become a better communicator.
DIY Personality Typing
I’ve found that the characters you relate to most in books, television and film say a lot about your personality. For example, what’s your favorite character from the 100 Acre Woods? Is is Winnie-the-Pooh or Eyeore? Rabbit or Piglet? My favorite has always been Tigger … I guess that was an early sign that I had ADD!
Take a look at the your favorite characters throughout your life, and ask yourself these questions:
Why did you like them? Sometimes we like characters because we can relate to them, we feel a common bond with them. Other times we like them because they demonstrate characteristics we want to develop. Create two lists of qualities from your favorite characters – those you believe you possess and those you wish to develop.
What are their common characteristics? Now that you have your two lists, did you notice any trends? Did you find you liked different characters for the same reasons? What were those? And in which column did they go?
From this little exercise, you should be able to see a bigger picture of who you have been , who you are and who you are working to become. Knowing this gives you a great starting point for your personal “Own Your Awesome” journey.
Originally created for the TidBitts.com platform, launched in September of 2014, my content on Fridays helps you “Own Your Awesome” in the eight facets of your life.
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