For the past several weeks, I’ve been enrolled in a Leadership and Goal Setting for Success program with Pinnacle Consulting Solutions for professional, and personal development. In addition to developing my leadership skills, I’m also learning a lot about goals; what they really are, how to set them for optimal results and how to take action to be more successful in life.
The most important thing that I’ve learned about goals is that they must be yours. Not anyone else’s. Not based on external influences. Not a result of outside pressures or childhood conditioning. Yours.
Sounds like common sense and yet, it’s easy to forget. Particularly, if you’re a passive person (which I am) and/or a people-pleaser (again, me, sometimes.)
I’m good at setting goals, and I do exceptionally well at following through and getting things done. But, I struggle with decision-making. Like many people, it’s not the simple decisions, but the tough ones I struggle with. The ones that are life-changing. I hate how those feel so final.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could see how our lives play out in the future based on two (or more) different choices we could make today? Or, would that be insane?
Before starting the program, I had to take a very interesting (and fun) assessment. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you already know that I absolutely love quizzes and tests, books, tools & resources that help us to better understand who we are as individuals. Fluffy & entertaining like this. Or, more useful like this. I love it all.
The test results are very detailed and useful. I found mine to be deep and quite true.
They outline and explain:
• How you think and make decisions.
One thing I’ve never fully realized until now is how obsessed I am with making the “proper” decision. I always want to make the best choice for the best possible outcome, with very minimal mistakes in between.
• How you behave, both naturally and when your being watched by others.
Interesting! To my surprise and pleasure, I don’t change a whole lot.
• Your values/what really motivates you.
My #1 motivational style was “individualistic”, which is so true. My need to feel like one authentic person, all the time/everywhere is growing. It’s important to me, as well as independence. My #2 was “aesthetic.” Also true.
The assessment results aren’t meant to be “good” or “bad”, just how you are.
Getting this evaluation and going through the program has been very beneficial. I’m finally beginning to find some direction after feeling lost for some time. More later.
If you want to take the assessment, go here and inquire about the Attribute, DISC, and Values Index Assessments.