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Friday, December 9, 2016

Get More Out of Life: Discover Who You Are


You have gold inside... 
how do you bring it out so you sparkle and shine?

Who Am I? How Do I Succeed in Relationships and Life?

Want to get MORE out of life? Then get busy figuring who you are--what you value; how you pay attention; what grabs your attention; how you make decisions; what moves you; what gets your blood boiling. 


We all have naturally occurring--completely healthy--preferred ways of dealing with life. When you identify and use your personal preferences as your home base for navigating life and relationships you'll get the most satisfaction out of life.  


As you learn to trust and embrace your natural inclinations you'll get better at:

  • Managing stress, time and life.
  • Choosing a more satisfying life and career.
  • Consciously and deliberately choosing to act differently when it serves you.


How Do I Learn my Preferences?

How do you identify your preferred  way of dealing with life? You can begin by studying the MBTI--Myers-Briggs Type Inventory--to understand your natural ways of being in the world.



GETTING STARTED 

Your 100% Healthy, Normal Way to Deal with the World
The MBTI, or 'Myers-Briggs' is an incredibly straightforward system that can help you clarify which of 16 healthynormal ways to deal with the world you personally prefer. 

The MBTI helps you organize what you already know about yourself and others so you can more effectively communicate and deal with life.

The 16 types are comprised of 4 combinations of 4 preferences. You fall into one type based on your natural preferences for:
  • Living more of an inner life (introversion) or outer life (extraversion); 
  • Using sensing or intuition more often for collecting information (perceiving); 
  • Using thinking or feeling more often for coming to conclusions (judging); 
  • Using judging or perceiving more often in the outer world (the face you show others). 





The Four Preferences: What You Prefer Using MORE, not Solely

When you trust and work from your natural preferences you hold the key to foraging a satisfying and successful life. 


Since we're naturally inclined to spend more time doing what we prefer or enjoy--embracing and working out of your natural preferences ultimately results in getting more skilled dealing with the world in ways you find satisfying. 


And as you learn to consciously and deliberately work in non-preferred ways you can get better at doing things that don't come naturally too. This is what happens as you mature, although you never lose your preferences for how you like to be in the world.


You may get confused identifying your natural style because you witness yourself using both introversion and extraversion; sensing and intuiting; thinking and feeling; and judging and perceiving. 


The key to figuring out who you really are is to understand we all do everything some time, but we prefer spending MORE time introverting or extraverting and using our preferred functions MORE than our non-preferred functions. 



A PEEK AT HOW NATURAL PREFERENCES 

INFLUENCES CAREER CHOICES

CAREER IDEAS BY MBTI COLUMNS

Focus
Technical Skills
Focus
Service-with-a-smile
Focus
Communication
Focus
Science & Technology
ST
Sensor-Thinker
SF
Sensor-Feeler
NF
iNtuitor-Feeler
NT
iNtuitor-Thinker
PRACTICAL
&
MATTER-OF-FACT
SYMPATHETIC
&
FRIENDLY
ENTHUSIASTIC
&
INSIGHTFUL
LOGICAL
&
INGENIOUS
Prefers 
Impersonal analysis
of concrete facts
Prefers using
Personal warmth 
applied to 
immediate situations
Prefers using
Creativity to meet 
human needs
Prefers
Solving Problems
CAREERS
Economics
Lawyer
Surgeon 
Business
Engineer
Accountant
Architect
Transcriptionist
Real Estate Broker
Manufacturing & Production
Handling precision machines & materials
Financial Management
CAREERS
Pediatrics
Nursing
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
K-12 Teacher 
Social Worker
Selling Tangible Products
Service Industry
Retail Sales
Actor
Real Estate Broker
CAREERS
College Professor
Anthropologist
Facilitator
Selling Intangibles
Counseling
Coaching
Research
Psychiatry
Writing
Marketing &
Advertising
Social Media Strategist
Publicist
Public Speaking
CAREERS
Scientific Research
Mathematics
Finance
Research and Development 
Military Leader
Physicist
Computer Scientist

We tend to self-select into careers that let us use our preferences more of the time. Turns out that is a very wise way to choose. The more we can live and work out of our natural home-base, the more satisfied we will be with our lives. 

We all come into the world with natural gifts to share. Learn what your natural gifts are and get more out of your life.



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For more than 35 years, Susan Meyerott has been helping people lighten up and step over invisible barriers to change one step at a time. She speaks to your heart, puts you at ease, and makes letting go and moving forward with life easier than ever before.

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2 comments:

JimC said...

Spot on Susan.

I like your "And as you learn to consciously and deliberately work in non-preferred ways you can get better at doing things that don't come naturally too. This is what happens as you mature, although you never lose your preferences for how you like to be in the world."

The self push becomes an acquired taste of the mature.
If you keep telling yourself you would rather be doing something else. . . it becomes work.

I am not a runner, but it is interesting to note the number of successful people that list that (or another exercise routine) as an interest.

Warren Buffett agrees:
“Read 500 pages like this every day,” said Buffett, or words to that effect. “That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.

Buffett guaranteed that even in a room of Ivy League MBA students - people who by and large were among the educational and professional elite globally - very few would be capable enough or motivated enough to follow his advice.
https://www.quora.com/How-much-hard-work-does-Warren-Buffett-do/answer/Dan-Kanivas


Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Jim--Thank you for talking back! I prefer an on-going two way discussion, although I am quite satisfied being a self-amuser if there is no dialogue.

There is an interesting dilemma for people who first learn about their Myers-Briggs Type: First, they're afraid others are boxing them in and limiting who they are; Second, they sometimes limit themselves by seeing their 'type' as a static snapshot of who they are rather than a dynamic motion picture and story of who they are at their core and who they can become by consciously and deliberately stretching their potential into reality.

It's that conscious and deliberate choosing to act differently to fill out whoever we are that shows us as mature adults able to adapt to life as needed.

I love your examples of how successful people challenge themselves. One more example--if you study some of the greats through the ages is they all kept written journals. I think this is part of choosing to become conscious and deliberate.

I don't know that I read 500 pages every day as Buffet suggests--but I do scan my universe for great quotes and ideas from others every morning. Its such a great exercise for opening the mind! When I think of you, I think of someone who pushes the boundaries of his experiences--trying out new experiences. Of course my first association for you and life was hot air balloon enthusiast--and what could be more thrilling than that!