Extraordinary Journey

Within is Where You Start (part 1)

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. I bet you sang that to the tune of the Sound of Music’s Do-Re-Mi Song.

No? Never mind.

When it comes to setting the direction and vision for your life, whether it be for the next 3, 10 or 20 years, the best place to start is within. As with majority of strategic planning guidebooks and manuals for organizations, the assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) is the first step. This basically still applies to individuals who aim to have a structured plan for achieving their life goals.

The key here is knowing who you are – your 1) personality, 2) character, 3) talents, 4) passion, and 5) limitations. Take note, these are things that are internal to you or things that may be determined by your DNA, and possibly shaped by upbringing and experiences during the early stages of growth. We will take on the external factors in another section.

Personality

Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. The study of personality focuses on two broad areas: One is understanding individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability. The other is understanding how the various parts of a person come together as a whole.

Encyclopedia of Psychology

There are a myriad of personality tests out there that could give more insight to the nuances of your tendencies.   Take note, these are merely tendencies.

Knowing your personality is not an end in itself and knowing your negative tendencies should not be used as a justification for negative behavior. 

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Until the present, Personality Psychology is still considered by some as a pseudoscience.  After all, who can measure the complexities of human behavior?

Use personality tests for self-education to expand your knowledge on the various behavior quirks known to man and see what best describes you.  Although you still have to take it with a grain of salt since, as I’ve mentioned earlier, the study of human behavior is not an exact science and the personalities of 7.6 billion people cannot simply be assigned into a few categories.  Why then is it important to know your personality?  So that you can work on goals that are in line with your perceived strengths and compensate for weaknesses that might be detrimental to achieving success.

I will be presenting only 4 popular personality tests and you get to choose which one would be best for your purposes.

To be continued soon…

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