Do You Know Yourself?
Here are the facts: 70% of people hate their jobs and over 80% of people who set goals never achieve them. I keep sharing these statistics because they continue to astound me. I always wonder how most of us get to this point where we are completely underwhelmed with life that we either refuse to set goals, don’t achieve the goals we’ve set, and/or become so complacent that we’re satisfied with working…miserably.
This complacency is called “being on autopilot.” At any point that you are on autopilot, to quote William Ernest Henley, “you are no longer the master of your fate” nor “the captain of your soul.” You are at the mercy of chance and chance does not care what you want to accomplish, only that you, a cog, can fit into this wheel of life.
So how do you turn off autopilot?
One skill that is not taught in schools is “self-assessment.” It is the evaluation of oneself or one’s actions or attitudes. Basically, it’s taking the time (and it will take quite a bit of time) to gauge your interests, aptitudes, work values and personality type. It is one of the first steps to determining your career path and it is more than knowing your favorite color, hobbies and what traits are associated with your zodiac sign.
According to The Balance, an effective self-assessment considers all the characteristics that make up who you are. One major benefit of self-assessments is that there are no right or wrong answers, just true ones.
So, what exactly goes into assessing one’s self?
The Balance breaks down the anatomy of a self-assessment and looks at each of the characteristics that makes you you.
· Work-Related Values
“Your values are the ideas and beliefs that are important to you. This could include prestige, security, flexible work schedule, and high salary.” When we become honest about what is most valuable to us in a work environment, it is easier to seek out opportunities that fit our values, therefore increasing our happiness at work.
“Your likes and dislikes regarding various activities make up your interests.” Research has shown that people with similar interests tend to enjoy doing the same kind of work. Building networks and trying new things is the easiest way to discover what you like and don’t like. The more new things you try the better you can gauge your interests and set goals that include doing the things that you like to do.
· Personality Type
“Your personality type is made up of your social traits, motivational drives, needs, and attitudes.” Taking the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test can help you discover which occupation is better suited for your personality type.
“Aptitude refers to an individual's natural talent, learned ability, or capacity to acquire a skill.” This includes speaking multiple languages, math, science, musical instruments, and more. You will have multiple aptitudes. What’s important is determining which ones you enjoy doing.
Ultimately, taking a self-assessment and achieving your goals go hand-in-hand. What will you do to get to know yourself better?