How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

I hope you have managed to read my previous article about why goal setting does not work, and are now seeking an alternative solution. This is part one in series of blogs when we explore the alternatives.

If you listened to my last podcast with Topical Talkology, you will have heard a former psychiatrist to the rich and famous sharing how the first thing you need is a better self awareness on what you are capable of.

What works for one person will not work for another because we all have different characteristics and traits.

Someone who is methodical and detailed is likely to have a very different way of achieving their intentions or goals than someone who is creative and quite scattered.

Therefore knowing yourself, being yourself, understanding your strengths, weaknesses, triggers and emotions is key to success.

So while you want to start the New Year on a clean slate, the first step should be self discovery, by acknowledging and embracing who you are.

Many of us particularly those who have been in the corporate world, will have taken a personality or psychometric test at one time or another. In fact I ask many of my clients whether they have taken them and actually get them to do one too.

What is interesting is, many of them had but very few of them had actually taken the time and effort to understand themselves after taking the test.

While these tests are important, you should not put total faith in them as accuracy can vary. However they do provide you with strong guidance on key areas you might want to look at.

You see if goal setting has not worked for you in the past, there is a better answer to be found rather than repeating the pattern only to fail again.

There are so many things that can prevent you from reaching a goal, the main one being behavioural change. Changing a behaviour does not happen in one short session, it takes time and sometimes a lot of time.

In order to facilitate a change, it may mean you have to take smaller steps to gain the small wins towards achieving your big goal.

Here are three things you can do to get you started on knowing yourself better:

1. Ask for feedback
Ask your friends and colleagues, even former work associates for feedback on your behaviours, particularly around certain instances, situations or events. If they feel uncomfortable giving direct feedback, give them a stamped addressed envelope and ask them to post it back to you anonymously. Alternatively use an online survey tool where individuals can submit their feedback anonymously.

2. Do some self reflection
Find a quiet space and spend 20 minutes to reflect on who you are. Be honest with yourself and consider asking yourself the following questions:

  1. What is it I need?
  2. What is it I want?
  3. what is the bigger picture?

3. Take a psychometric test
These can help you to identify the strengths and weaknesses, providing clarity on why and how you do things in a particular way. If you contact us ( we can send one directly to your inbox and one of our team will assess it for you, and then send you a personalised report.

Watch out for my next update on exploring alternatives to setting yourself up for failure with goal setting.

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Andy advises organisations and small business owners on how to make a bigger impact in the marketplace. He created the Professional Impact Profile, the leading six in one impact profiling system in the world. The profile highlights the gaps to become bigger, stronger and more impactful.
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