What happens after taking a personality assessment?? Taking research and applying it to achieve real goals!

Everyone loves taking personality assessments. They’re a fun way to identify general traits about yourself and compare them with your friends. Most everyone at some point has taken one or knows about common assessments like the Myers-Briggs, Holland-Inventory, DiSC, and more. They offer a lot of information, but also they have their drawbacks. Personality traits may be more visible in some situations than others. One of the biggest drawbacks to the Myers-Briggs is that there are only 16 different types to be put into, and although I may be categorized as WXYZ, someone else that is also a WXYZ may be very different from me. These assessments are for fun and for some good introspection to see how we may view some aspects of our world, but often times that is all we can do with that. By no means should these assessments be used as a selection process in the workplace or for any other grand decisions, simply because they are not the most reliable tools for measurement. This may change some over time, but for now, we need to be careful with how we utilize them.

But, there HAS to be some other use for them right? Well, there is. Besides the insights that they provide for an individual, there are other ways to utilize these assessments. This is where our project comes into play. Personality and goal-setting have a lot in common. Not all goals fit the person trying to achieve them. Some goals fit personality traits better than others, and understanding how your own personality functions in different situations can help you personally plan, assist, and follow through with your goals!

*This next paragraph may be a bit graphic but it makes an excellent point (just a heads up)*

My professor gave me a really good example of how the personality-goal fit functions. When he was in high school, he knew he wanted to be a doctor, but not just any doctor. He had his goal defined specifically to be a cardiac surgeon. Now obviously, this is a huge commitment and not everyone could be one. But he was motivated. He called up the hospital system in his area, was able to meet with the only two surgeons in the region, and managed to get a seat in the operating room to watch over a quadruple bypass. He was motivated, he took initiative, and he knew he wanted to accomplish his goal. The day of the surgery he watched as the surgeon cut open the patient, and starts hooking up the arteries and veins so he could survive without the heart while they start working on it. When the time comes, they bring out the saw that cauterizes at the same time as it cuts to prevent excess bleeding. The smell of burning flesh started to hit, and he began feeling queasy. The doctor ordered him to sit on the floor with his head between his knees to prevent him from passing out or throwing up on the patient. Obviously, this was not how he planned his shadowing to go but nevertheless, he didn’t quit on his goal to become a surgeon. He went into college as a premed and started taking all the classes necessary to get into medical school. His goal was planned out. He used the SMART goal-setting and he was avidly working towards it. However, he started to realized as he took more classes in college that this may not be where he wants to be. This goal he has created and defined and set may not be the goal he wants, even if he followed all the steps and got started on it earlier than most people.

This career search/life path is nothing out of the ordinary. Most kids, high schoolers, even college students change their minds about what they want to do. This isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, searching and finding the right fit is ideally what everyone should do. At the end of it all, my professor's personality just didn’t match the goal he made. Some goals, and the paths to achieving those goals, fit better for some people than for others. It’s not always easy to identify the best way to set a goal based on your own personality though. This is where we come in and tie it all together. Once you have a personality assessment done, then we can also help you set your own goals! This could be a new skill, a new hobby, for work, or anything. We help you define and set this new goal, and then we identify some gaps between the goal and your own personality. Seeing a gap doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your goal, but it allows you to be aware of some possible roadblocks on your way to achieve this goal. You now have the next step once you complete your personality assessment and we can help you apply it to real life and help you achieve things that you may have struggled with or thought you weren’t able to do so at all.

From personality assessment to goal-setting, we can help you achieve in a new and insightful way.



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Kirby Allen

Kirby Allen

Currently a graduate student studying I-O psychology and utilizing this blog to guide long term goals and receive feedback from peers!