Knowing yourself is a very important part of managing your career. When you know who you are, you have a better chance of understanding what you want, and what you can do to reach your fullest potential to find the success, happiness and balance you seek!
Remember the four quadrants of awareness in interpersonal relations?
Quadrant 1. Known to YOU and to OTHERS, refers to behaviors and motives that are known to the individual and those around.
Quadrant 2. Known to OTHERS but NOT to YOU, are those things others see in an individual that they cannot see for themselves.
Quadrant 3. Known to YOU but hidden from OTHERS, refers to things that a person knows about but does not let others see or know.
Quadrant 4. Not known to YOU or to OTHERS, are behaviors and motives that no one knows about. Their existence is discovered over time as they become revealed.
Your authentic self can be of great help to you when you work toward reaching your goals!
How do you get to know yourself better? There are tools available online to start a process of self-awareness. Click here to take four complementary online assessments and find resource books available which can help you find a way to wrap awareness around what you probably already intuitively knew about yourself, but had never articulated. Don’t expect to instantly “know” or even recognize yourself in the results you get from these types of tests, however, how much awareness will come with how deeply and courageously you face yourself.
Once you determine which quadrant you fall into, you have some work to do. For example, if you are in Quadrant 2 (Known to OTHERS but NOT to YOU), interviews can be an awkward place. Many interviewers are trained to ask questions that will show some candidates are not who they portray themselves to be. Also, some pre-qualification exams will flush out these characteristics even if you think you are savvy enough to “cheat” by providing the answers you think the reviewer will want to hear. Also, beware of those tests that ask you to select characteristics you perceive you possess followed by a test which suggests you note characteristics as you perceive OTHERS perceive you to possess. Thanks for staying with me on that one!
You don’t want to be the last one who discovers character defects that are less than positive. Again, you have choices. You may find defects in character that you do not like and may choose to continue to hide or deny those. If you are open to self-improvement, your time unemployed can be an experience in strengthening your character and becoming YOU – version 2.0!
It is easy to rationalize some of your current negative character defects as possibly having served you in the past. A careful and thorough examination may reveal they are a hindrance to you and your career. Also, knowing your motivators will help you determine whether a company can meet your career and financial goals. If you can find work that utilizes your strengths and enables you to reach your goals, you will be even more satisfied with your life because you have a truer, more authentic sense of self. And that is the success we all want to achieve!
Have you endeavored to know your authentic self to see whether a career change is for you at this fork in the road? If so, was that a helpful exercise and did it result in you moving ahead in your achievement of personal and professional goals? How?
Note: Other resources listed herein are not being endorsed and are merely listed for the sake of noting there are several to choose from, and you should properly research the outcome prior to engaging in submitting private information about yourself or your finances to anyone even a potential employer.