I always tell my clients they can reach for the stars, but when it comes to abundance in your business, understanding the stars you’re reaching for is the first step!
What is it you love most about your business? Or if you don’t have a business yet, but it is a dream on the horizon, what drives you?
I love the freedom of working my own hours, getting creative and feeling free to catch up with friends or visit the beach whenever I feel like it.
Since getting a bit clearer on my personality styles, I’m learning why being a lawyer wasn’t quite my thing. I’m a free spirit as well as a leader so being able to find balance between the two has brought more meaning into my life and satisfaction into my day.
Here are some fun questionnaires you can take to give you a little more insight into your personality style.
Dr David Keirsey considers a person’s temperament to be “a configuration of observable personality traits, such as habits of communication, patterns of action, and sets of characteristic attitudes, values, and talents” each with its own unique qualities and shortcomings. This tool allows you to get clear on your predominant traits and where they sit within any of four temperament profiles: Artisan, Guardian, Idealist and Rational.
I’m an Artisan and here’s what it had to say:
“Artisans tend to be fun-loving, optimistic, realistic and focused on the here and now. Our heightened aesthetic sense can lead us to craft and perfect whatever work we take on. We pride ourselves on being unconventional, bold and spontaneous. Artisans make playful mates, creative parents and troubleshooting leaders. We are excitable, trust our impulses, believe that variety is the spice of life. Most at home in the real world of experiences that can be felt in the here and now, artisans have exceptionally keen senses and our actions are usually aimed at getting us to where we want to go, and as quickly as possible. We will boldly go down roads others may consider risky or impossible and we do whatever it takes to accomplish our goals. Artisans want to be where the action is, seeking out adventure with a constant thirst for pleasure and stimulation. We can also be generous to a fault, sharing our bounty with family and friends. Above all, we need to be free to do what we want, when we want. We resist being tied or bound; confined or obligated. We would rather not wait, or save, or store or live for tomorrow because in the Artisan’s view, today must be enjoyed for tomorrow may never come.”
This describes me perfectly! It also highlights why I am much happier in my business today.
Developed by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman from the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the VIA Survey of Character Strengths is incredibly insightful and shows you how to optimise your inherent strengths to bring more meaning into your life. This site has a number of other fascinating questionnaires such as measures of enduring and overall happiness as well as measures of optimism, forgiveness, perseverance, work/life balance, etc. The questionnaires are free to take but they do require registration.
I initially took the VIA Survey of Character Strengths test last year and I still see similarities between the results and my temperament profile. My top strengths were:
#1 Gratitude – You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.
#2 Appreciation of beauty and excellence – You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.
#3: Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith – You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
#4: Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness – You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.
#5: Capacity to love and be loved – You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
Learning these inherent characteristics allows me to filter what really matters into my business and my future goals and dreams. Whenever the days get tough, I just need to remember the direction I’m headed is aligned with my true self and that makes it SO worth it.
Another one you might like to try out is Grechin Rubin’s Four Tendencies. The quiz is also free and it’s based on the premise that people fall into one of four categories – Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, Obliger –depending on how they respond to internal and external expectations. As an “obliger” I’ve found this knowledge particularly helpful for goal setting. It’s also great insight when it comes to team work and communication styles.
If you’ve got some online questionnaires you want to share with me, I’d love to hear about them. Please let me know using the comment box below.