Could you give yourself a better gift than the gift of self-awareness?
We all like to think we know ourselves, but how well do you really know you, how aware are you of your thinking biases and how they impact on your life?
Research shows us that most people have only a moderate level of self-awareness. At this level, to a greater or lesser extent, we still need others to contribute to our own incomplete self-image rather than having a consciously self-constructed one. Our values are still largely those of the community to which we belong, and our needs frequently subordinate to the needs of that community. We are ‘good citizens’. And there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this. The world needs good citizens.
However, if we aspire to be genuine leaders, to differentiate ourselves from the herd, and construct a life which is truly ‘ours’ then we must also aspire to a greater level of self-awareness, a higher level of Dynamic Intelligence™.
One great way to start this journey is with an Identity Compass® profile.
The Identity Compass® measures your level of preference, or choice, for 50 Cognitive Intentions (CIs) across 20 different thinking structures. It was scientifically validated by the research carried out by Dr Darren Stevens for his doctoral thesis. And, as a result of this research, it is also the only psychometric test that can measure your level of Dynamic Intelligence™.
You can think of it like a graphic equalizer output graph for your brain which tells you what your current habituated thinking ‘settings’ (CIs) are. And, like a graphic equaliser, once you ‘see’ the output, you can choose what you want to change to get a different output. Once you become aware of your thinking habits you can choose different intentions. You are then better able to choose your response to your environment.
At an individual CI level, it can tell you things like whether you might have an overreliance upon your own judgement, or the judgement of others. Whether you might focus on the details at the expense of the big picture. Or whether you put an overemphasis on completing tasks at the expense of relationships.
However, because all of the CIs work together to determine your own, unique, thinking style (and thus behaviour), it can also help to identify:
- How easy it is for you to make decisions
- How well you communicate
- Whether you have a self-sabotage pattern
- If you are at risk of burnout
And many more things besides
Take a moment to think about that. What could you do armed with insight like this into your own psyche?
Here’s what one person thought:
“Completing the Identity Compass questionnaire and going through the report made me realise how much I am neglecting my own well being and putting others before myself. It helped me understand the detriment this can have in the long run.
The insights provided helped me on defining who I am now. This has helped me setup “what do I look like in 3 – 5 years’ time” and what changes I need to make in order to reach my goals. The insights also made me challenge how putting myself in certain situations or projects will benefit me in my 3-5 year goals.
The biggest behavioural change I have made following the report is to think through situations more and understand the steps / process in achieving the desired outcome, instead of agreeing directly with the person who screams the loudest (even though it makes me uncomfortable). “
All that from one psychometric report! So, I ask again, what better gift could you give yourself than the gift of insight, the gift of self-awareness?
If the benefits of greater self-awareness sound like something that you would benefit from, then why not get in touch, or book a no obligation discovery call?