Can I be completely honest for a moment? Running a business is hard. Way more challenging than I ever thought it would be.
Is it worth it? Heck yes.
But its taken me a while and a few (read: many) detours to land in a place where I feel like things are starting to flow.
Want to know the single biggest thing to impact my success?
Playing to my strengths.
But what if we’re not 100% sure what we’re *really* good at? Or how the heck we can make sense of understanding our strengths, and then intentionally transitioning into a direction that fits?
Sure, we know we have certain qualities that make us unique, but how can we translate these into a way that we can serve others in a deeply fulfilling way?
When we are empowered with the knowledge of our greatest strengths, we can apply it to making better, more informed decisions; we gain greater clarity on areas that we need to work on; or we can use it as a way to help propel us forward and undertake new challenges that we’d secretly always wanted to do but didn’t feel fully confident in moving forward with.
Today I wanted to share 3 of my favorite tools that can help us to uncover layers of ourselves and get to the core of who we really are.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
One of my favorite tools in helping uncover our biggest strengths and how we interact with the world is the Myers Briggs personality test (MBTI).
The MBTI has 16 different personality types, each with varying characteristics which help clarify how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.
Its based on the typological theory proposed by Carl Jung, who speculated there are four main psychological functions that describe how humans interact with the world - through sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking - and that one of these four is dominant in each of us, most of the time.
I remember the first time I took the test - it was during my Health Coaching studies back in 2014 and I clearly remember what a revelation it was to find out that I was an introvert! (I’m an INFJ).
My introvert nature has shown up in my business countless times - specifically how I run my business and what I need in order to thrive.
I’ve learned that too much time spent on social media is incredibly draining and completely zaps my energy. I’ve learned that I don’t do ‘networking’ very well (or at least to extravert standards). On the other hand, I’ve learned how to best navigate this in order to build beautiful relationships with my fellow boss babes as well as my clients.
I’ve also learned that my introvert tendencies lend themselves super well to one-on-one coaching; writing and creating content - all things naturally excel in! So this is what I now focus on in my business and I spend far less time trying to produce average results in things that don’t play to my strengths.
There is also a free version of the test (16 personality types), although it is not an official MBTI from what I can understand the results are still fairly accurate.
Gallup Strengths Finder
The Gallup Strengths Finder test is a series of questions that are designed to show us what our greatest talents are. Through the questioning, it uncovers what we are naturally good at and provides customized results identifying how we can turn our natural talents into strengths.
The customized reports highlights your top 5 strengths and provide detailed insights on how we can play to these to further our life and our career. There is also a fun video for each strength which goes into more depth on how to apply these strengths.
I took this test a couple of years ago and while I wasn’t overly surprised by the results, they definitely helped to confirm areas that I am strong in and I now make a point of referencing these results whenever I am weighing up a decision or how to move forward with a project.
Knowing our strengths places us in a great amount of power and being able to use these insights and play to our strengths is a great way to build confidence and gain clarity on how to move forward and take our next best step.
The test costs $15 but you have lifetime access to your account and can access or download the reports at any time.
Riso—Hudson Ennengram Type Indicator
The Riso-Hudson Ennegram Type Indicator test (or RHETI) is a scientifically validated, forced-choice personality test with 144 paired statements which takes about 40 minutes to complete.
The RHETI produces a full personality profile across the nine different personality types. This provides a unique portrait indicating the relative strengths and weaknesses of the nine types within your overall personality.
The RHETI results are available in a PDF format and inclde your scores for all nine types in a full-spectrum profile, as well as the Expanded Type Descriptions (of over 2,500 words each) for your top three scores.
The test costs $12; but there is also a free version (not affiliated with the official RHETI) you can take which has only 38 questions.
What I love about the Ennegram test is that it highlights our individual motivations, fears, and desires which are hugely insightful and these have helped me gain clarity on why I need certain things to feel fulfilled and accomplished.
I also found it helpful in highlighting fears and weaknesses - which are areas I need to work on or at least be aware of. I’ve only taken the free version, but I still found this to be incredibly accurate.
If you’ve been going around in circles and not getting the results you’re after ask -
- What strengths of yours aren’t being fully developed right now?
- How much freedom is it costing you?
- How can you develop your strengths even more in your business?
- How can you turn your strengths into your biggest opportunity?
To taking your next best step,