One of the many reasons I believe we get ourselves overworked and overwhelmed is because (1) we don’t know the One who created us and (2) we don’t know the one He created us to be.
THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU
Learning God will take your lifetime. And the sooner you make room in your heart to learn about who He is, the longer you have to be in awe of Him and love Him more deeply.
And one of the things you’ll learn about God is that He is the Master Creator! No one can out create what He has done in making heaven and earth. Don’t you know lovely? You are His masterpiece.
It’s fascinating really! How intricately you are made. How you are woven together without mistake. He didn’t miss a thing. Do you know this? Do you understand it? Do you believe it?
One of the ways I learn most about who I am is through reading my Bible, prayer and journaling. There’s so much in me. And with one of my top 5 strengths being “learner”, I’m constantly taking in new information. Knowing that this is true of me has helped me release how I’m not built – and comparing myself to others – in favor of learning more deeply who I am and how I’m made.
I’ve mentioned in the last few posts that I’ll be taking a hiatus from the blog in December. It is my hope to do a lot of reflection over the past year and dreaming, planning and visioning for the coming one. A part of that for me will be delving back into “knowing myself” a bit more intently. Here are 5 resources that I’ll be digging into. I wanted to share them with you!
THE ONE HE CREATED YOU TO BE
These are not designed to be the “end-all, be-all” in discovering more about your personality, quirks and make-up. I’m not a scientist and don’t fully understand why/how these things work, but I will say the results have been more accurate for me than not – not binding me into something I hope to be, but helping me to wrap myself in more grace to walk authentically in my unique build.
Click each of the titles for links to the various assessments.
This one costs money, but I think it’s worth it.
So if you’re on a budget and are curious about this assessment for yourself, you might consider being bold and asking management or HR if they’d purchase a kit for multiple people to use; it will be beneficial to everyone.
I’ve taken it twice, though I learned afterwards that there really is no need to take it more than once. It takes about an hour to answer the 177 questions. Once you complete the assessment, they send you your results with resources to help you “aim your talents at anything that comes your way”.
My top five strengths are:
Learner, Intellection, Belief, Input + Responsibility (I believe, in that order)
No longer do I feel badly that the other seemingly “shiny” strengths are not in my top five (grass is greener ain’t it?!?) but I’ve become better about activating my strengths and partnering with those are strong in my areas of growth.
THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES
This assessment is free.
A unique feature about this one is that you can take the assessment for yourself or for your child. (Not for your spouse though, they have to speak for themselves.) It then asks if you’re in a relationship or single – which I think is interesting and important.
It took less than 6 minutes to complete the assessment – I took it again since I got married in February – and the results popped up immediately. They were also emailed to the account I entered in inquiry form.
My results are exactly the same!
I think this one is particularly important because we tend to love our people the way we like to be loved rather than how they feel loved – hello conflict! Speaking of which, I owe Mister a “cheat sheet” with five ways he can win in my top three love languages on a regular basis; he’s already done it for me with his top three: Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation and Quality Time.
Here’s another freebie y’all! And this one here is the one I’ve gotten the most mileage out of. It’s the personality assessment that helped me embrace (and dare I say, flaunt) my introversion.
It takes less than 12 minutes. And because it’s free, I took it again.
You get your results immediately and are invited to share your email address if you’d like them sent to you – this time I opted in for the newsletter about the mediator personality (my latest personality type).
I laughed aloud when reading the first sentence realizing this can only be true as a result of being with Mister for the past 19 months. (He really is the most consistently, genuinely positive person I’ve ever met.)
With so many changes in 2018, it makes sense to me that my reflected personality would shift a bit. I’m walking in more of who I am, the environments that allow me to thrive and relationships that encourage authenticity and vulnerability.
This is another reason I appreciate this assessment. It helps me to remember to be flexible and graceful with myself. I’m growing and developing and that’s a good thing.
One thing to note! My “I” has not gone anywhere – I’m truly an introvert y’all.
A quirky thing I like about this one? When they share “other personality types” you may know, they actually include characters from movies and books and I say yes to that!
This one is not free. It costs $12 per code and is single use.
I got the book – The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery – a few years ago and read as a test-reader, answered the questions in the different chapters and suspect that my Enneagram Number is a FOUR. I’m a ROMANTIC y’all.
And my head’s still whirling from this assessment. I even tried to finagle myself into another type, but after reading the chapter completely, there is no room to argue, only room to perform. My other fours will get this joke.
To learn more, I’ve added the podcast to my library line-up for 2019.
THE VIA INSTITUTE
I got this one from a friend who is working on her PhD in Education. As a part of her own work, she had to take the survey and discuss the results with a few folks outside of the program.
The survey took less than 5 minutes to complete and the results immediately popped up on my screen and were sent to my email address.
Your results include all 24 character traits but with your top five, well, at the top! Each trait is a part of 6 “Core Virtues”.
My top 5 in this survey are: Love of Learning, Creativity, Perspective, Love + Judgment. All but Love are a part of the “Wisdom” virtue category which I find to be fascinating. (Love was the only one under “Humanity”.)
Have fun, take your time and share some of your results.