What are your strengths?  What are you really created to do?  What do you do really well?  All of these are very relevant questions.  In many ways these are the questions that determine the satisfaction level of your life.  Why?  Because if you don’t know the answers to the questions you can be sure that you only have a chance at satisfaction…and it’s a slim chance.  You can be sure that if you find satisfaction in your life it will be by accident.

On the other hand, if you know the answers to the questions you have a good chance at finding satisfaction.  It’s still not a given…because you will need to proactively move in the direction of doing something that fits who you are.  But, you will have a much higher probability of finding satisfaction.

So the question is, "how will you zero in on how you’re really wired?"  You might read Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham.  That would set you on a good path.  You might take an inventory like  the Myers-Briggs or a DISC Assessment.  You might just begin to do some thoughtful reading, such as Steve Roesler’s Thinking About a Mid-Career Change?

I’m always thinking this way so two recent blog posts that have gotten me thinking have been Roesler’s What’s Your Personal Design Talent and David Armano’s Are You a Synthesizer?

There really are lots of ways to take steps in the direction of figuring out how you’re wired AND THEN beginning to move in that direction.  What have you found that really made a difference?

How Do You Think About Yourself?
  • Mark,
    I confess, because this is an area in which I am immersed so regularly, I take for granted the notion that everyone is always doing this.
    Not so.
    The email and other responses have been such that perhaps this deserves a deeper treatment (without putting anyone to sleep!)
    What to do…?

  • You’re on to a good thing, Steve. All of us need a little coaching, a little encouragement, in order to actually take the right steps…the ones that are needed.