Last week I introduced a series of BLOGS related to Maximizing Your Potential. This post looks at the first of those STEPS.
A positive self-image is critical in maximizing your potential. To better understand yourself, lets begin with discovering your behavioral style, or personality type. Gaining an understanding of the Model of Human Behavior will help.
As far back as Hypocrites, it has been observed that there are four basic behavioral styles. In 1928 Dr. William Moulton Marston, a Harvard trained Psychologist, took that to a different level and developed the DISC Model of Human Behavior (he was also the guy who created Wonder Woman!). I use DISC because it is simple and easy to remember.
Observation #1 – Every one of us is a blend of all four of these behavioral styles. We are just stronger in one style than the others. So, lets take a look at this model and try to determine your style.
Observation #2 – Some people are more outgoing and others are more reserved. Outgoing people operate at a faster pace, while reserved people operate at a slower pace. These behaviors are neither good nor bad, and are neither right nor wrong. They are just different. Look at the picture below and determine which of these types best describe you. If you are not sure, just pick the one that you think describes you most of the time.
Observation #3 – Some people are more task oriented, others are more people oriented. What I mean is that some people focus more on tasks to be accomplished and others focus more on relationships. Again, these are neither right nor wrong. They are just different. So, looking at the picture below, which of these best describes you? Remember, you are a blend of both, so select the one that best describes you most of the time.
Answering those two questions will help you identify your unique personality style. The next picture shows the four styles. Remembering that you are a blend of all four, look at the picture below and select the one type that best describes you most of the time. When you have done that, select the one that least describes you. Then select the one that might be you second pick for best describing you.
See, you really are a blend of all four. The strength of each of the four styles in your profile will determine your unique style blend. For instance, in my profile the “I” is Very High, my “D” is High, my “S” is around the mid-line, and my “C” is very Low. This means that I am very outgoing and enjoy completing tasks by bringing people together. I am not great with details, and really don’t focus on correctness.
Remember, everyone is very unique! AND, everyone has value to add!
In my next posting we will discuss how this information can help you better accept and value yourself. This is a foundational understanding of yourself, and can really help you develop a positive self-image.
If you would like to have your own DISC profile, check out the link below.
Thanks for investing your time to read this BLOG, and wherever you are, make today a great day!
P.S. – Sorry this didn’t go out on Monday of this week. I had a computer glitch, but I think it is now resolved.