“Hide not your talents.
They for use were made.
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
– Benjamin Franklin
I once discovered a verse in the Bible that gave me great pause. It went something like this – make a careful assessment of who you are, then figure out what you are to be doing, then just do it. Reading those words caused me to realize I had been asking the wrong question! Instead of asking what, I should have been asking who! In my journey of purpose, I came to discover knowing who I am must proceed what I am to be doing. Discovering my true identity proceeds fulfilling my destiny. I needed some help in this area also.
Here are some of my very favorite self assessments. Each were a huge help in discovering me. I highly recommend them to assist you in making a careful assessment of who you are!
This is one of my very favorite assessment tools because it focuses on your natural strengths instead of your weaknesses; it uncovers what you have instead of what you don’t. Tom Rath shows you how to develop these raw strengths into excellence, but you must buy the book to get the code to take the computerized assessment.
* The Enneagram
Another of my favorite assessments is The Enneagram. It is a tool that has been particularly valuable to me in understanding myself and my default reactions. There is a separate online test at www.enneagram.com. Here is an excerpt from the website:
Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other prenatal factors being the main determinants of our type. Subsequently, this inborn orientation largely determines the ways in which we learn to adapt to our early childhood environment.
* Five Love Languages
When we have been loved well, we can love well. For me to be and do all I am created to, my emotional tank must be filled. Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages will help you learn your love language and the love language of everyone in your life. It is the most amazing tools in assessing myself and my emotional needs. But it also was instrumental in improving my relationships and those I love. Generally, we tend to love others in the way we long to be loved. In his book, Gary not only assesses your own love language but teaches you to love others in their love language.
These tools will help you make a careful assessment of you so you can begin the journey to your water walking, giant slaying, history making purpose. Just do it!