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Aug 2

Assess Your Strengths, pt 2 of 2

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

I believe your level of self-esteem can be higher, stronger and more stable.

Yesterday I invited you to Assess Your Strengths With A Reliable Tool.  It’s FREE!

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post you might wanted to just back for two minutes before coming back here.

Really, I believe this will help you to honestly assess your strengths.  If you haven’t  You can find it here.

Be Honest…

Look back over your results.  Do they describe you?  Do you like the list? Is it a familiar list?  Were you hoping to have your strengths identified and affirmed? 

Are the strengths listed ones that you enjoy having? 

Or, were you hoping that a whole new set would pop up?  Do you resent the list, wishing that instead of being and introvert you were really an extrovert?  Or that instead of being a passionate and feeling-oriented person you were really a logical person?

I’ve been there!  At times I’ve felt grateful for the results of similar tests, and other times I wished I could be someone else.

Be Open-Minded…

Whether or not you like the descriptions you read, be open-minded enough to consider the results indicate strengths that you have even if you do not currently use them.

With that in mind, how about another simple test.  Head over to Psych Central.  Take the Personality Patterns survey.  I believe that it will “help you pinpoint and explore the unique characteristics that make up your personality.”

I’ll wait for your return and listen to a recent Bela Fleck and the Flecktones concert.  [Cue music]

You back?  What were your results?

My top 3 were “Upbeat, Optimistic, and Intellectual.”

Okay, but what’s that do for me? 

In part, it helps me understand why I make some choices that I do and why I move in certain directions socially.  For instance, I “do not avoid abstract conversation, experimenting with new ideas, or studying new things.”   Because it bores me to “stick to the straight and narrow of what you already know.”

On the other hand, look at the chart.  On the Free Spirit vs. Conscientious spectrum would it also surprise you that I was far more Conscientious than Free Spirit.  It’s true.  While I seem to take a lot of risks and say and do things that other people would only think, I do so conscientiously.

Be Intentional…

I used the results of my test — ISFJ — to look up my results in the Jung Career Indicator. 

My career indicator top 4 were, ready, Social Work, Religious Education, Counseling and  Education.  When i shared the reults with my wife and daughter we laughed, “TA-DA!”  Most of my career has been serving in these sectors of the job force.

Comparing the results of the Jung Typology Test with the results from the Personality Patterns survey further explains why I am a good fit in the job fields I’ve chosen. 

You don’t feel the need to impose your standards on others or say things that, even though true, cause pain…You rarely become irritated, generally accept people as they are, take things as they come, and feel relaxed in most situations…You do not let a minor annoyance escalate to a confrontation. You don’t regularly snap at those around you or fly off the handle with little provocation.

Compare your results.  What patterns do you see?  How can you better understand yourself and your strengths and see how they fit together?

Be Assured…

You are lovable, capable and worthwhile.  Who you are matters.  Your uniqueness is irreplaceable.

Have other people expressed appreciation for those traits in you yet?  If not, they will.  Every trait set, skill set and personality set is important.

Whether you have been surrounded by appreciative people or not, you will if you look for them.

What do I mean?  Look for ways to maximize your positive impact in our world.  Assess Your strengths and then use them.  

If you do not use your strengths in your job or career at this time, consider volunteering to use your strengths. VolunteerMatch has been helpful to others, they may be helpful to you too.

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