“Wow!” That is exactly how I am!” Have you ever stated this after receiving your personality test results? If you look around the digital arena, you’ll see individuals using their personality types to describe themselves in a variety of circumstances, from work to relationships. Whether it’s their Myers-Briggs personality type, their DISC personality type, their Enneagram type, or even their zodiac sign, personality types have evolved into a means for individuals to express themselves.
This is where it gets problematic—becoming overly identified with your personality might cause you to lose touch with who you are. You are not your personality; you are endowed with one. Your personality develops and changes as you do. That is why individuals often state, “I am not the same person I was five years ago.”
Humans have an innate need to comprehend and reflect their identities to others, and personality tests enable individuals to feel seen, heard, and understood while also providing an avenue for sharing that knowledge with others. This may be a source of connection, but it may also act as a hindrance or build walls in your interactions.
Change is not facilitated by knowledge.
Understanding your personality type is an advantageous skill. These exams identify your talents and weaknesses and even have the ability to forecast future attitudes and actions. This knowledge is significant because it might put you in the direction of areas in your life that need adjustment. However, the issue arises when knowledge becomes a stumbling block.
The purpose of education is not to increase one’s knowledge. It is to put that knowledge to use in a manner that improves life. As a result, just being aware of one’s personality, strengths, and flaws will not result in a change in one’s attitude or conduct. To effect change in your life, you must use transformational strategies and exercises in order to develop into the best version of yourself.
Here are some transformative approaches that might assist you in transforming the insights gained from personality tests into catalysts for realizing your full potential.
- Meditation for Transformation
When I was licensed to teach the Enneagram in 1994, during my presentation to Don Riso and Russ Hudson (the Enneagram’s primary writers and instructors), I chose a student who was suffering with one of her personality type’s typical limitations. I guided her through the Transformational MeditationTM method in order to alter the belief system that was holding her back.
Transformational MeditationTM is a spiritual NLP practice that utilizes a Higher Power to help individuals overcome limiting beliefs, unpleasant emotions, and performance barriers. By the conclusion of the activity, her whole worldview had altered.
The personality test findings indicated areas where she need assistance in order to take action and modify the factors that were impeding her. She employed Transformational MeditationTM to effect the changes she desired inside herself.
- Acquainting oneself with and adopting structure
This may seem like an unusual way to change your life, yet structure channels chaotic energy. When your life lacks organization, it may result in procrastination, tension, and overload. Certain personalities are more structured and organized than others. Therefore, if your personality type predisposes you to struggle with procedures, systems, and frameworks, this is a talent that you can develop. The more adept you get at incorporating constructive structure into your life, the simpler it will be to develop indefinitely.
Structure demonstrates your capacity to be self-disciplined and maintain your promise. When you possess the ability to perform those two things, you unlock the key to significant transformation, since you will have trained yourself to continue when the new habit or norm becomes difficult.
- Developing awareness and the capacity to make informed decisions
When attempting to modify your life, it is necessary to first identify the areas in which you want to make changes. What patterns and cycles are impeding or obstructing your progress? If you have not discovered these issues, you will be unable to resolve them.
To grow greater awareness, you must establish a consistent practice in which you delve inside to examine your behaviors, emotions, and thinking patterns. How did those events unfold during the course of your day? Make a list of them in a diary and then ask yourself, “Have these things driven me closer to my objectives, or have they pushed me away?” Once you have those responses, consider if they are patterns you want to maintain.
Having a knowledge of what isn’t working for you and the ability to alter it will revolutionize your progress. Let us explain what it means to make an empowered decision. Empowered choices occur when you take the time to analyze your alternatives and choose which route is best for you, rather than responding in a knee-jerk fashion to events.
How all of these factors interact
Meditation cultivates awareness, while structure teaches you the discipline necessary to make empowered choices that improve your life. These aspects interact to assist you in shifting your life rather of being locked in personality qualities that impede you from achieving your objectives. Life is too brief to let a personality test determine your fate. You are more than that.