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In today’s world, stress is at an all time high for most people. It’s not a surprise when you consider the amount of work our brain is doing in this age of technology and information overload.
Being connected to our devices 24/7, working longer days and having the expectation of being available at all hours for your clients, boss and people in your life, is a stress on the brain that didn’t exist under a decade ago. When you add in the fact that we’re consuming so much information and making so many minor decisions everyday on social media, it’s no wonder that most of us are walking around in a constant state of brain fatigue.
The Problem with Brain Fatigue
The problem with brain fatigue is that it makes it very hard for us to manage our emotions. We have less energy to handle stress, so we become more reactive and susceptible to any form of it.
As we get exhausted throughout the day, personal insecurities can surface. These personal issues often stem from beliefs that were formed in our childhood and due to our unique personality type. It’s just the way we are wired.
These underlying thought patterns are what cause us to mismanage our time, to lack patience for those around us, to be disorganized, to feel dissatisfied with life or to simply get down on ourselves easily and experience self-doubt.
If we are unaware of these underlying thought patterns that dictate every thought, feeling and action we take; then we have no way of addressing them and they will always hold us back a bit.
How to Take Control of Your Life
I truly believe that the most frustrating thing in life is when we want to improve or change something about ourselves, but we don’t know how. No matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to make it work.
My mission has been to help you become self-reliant; so you can control the thoughts in your head, trust in yourself to change things that aren’t working and create the life you desire…and this all starts with self-awareness.
To become self-aware, I suggest taking some personality tests online. They are inexpensive and incredibly powerful. Below I will list which ones I believe are the best, however you want to make sure you do the following three things, otherwise it will impact your results.
Before taking the tests read this!
- Look for the patterns in multiple tests. Realize that the tests are not going to be 100% accurate. This is why I believe it’s important to take multiple personality tests so you can spot the patterns. After a while you will begin to see what behaviors are accurate (often times they are the ones you didn’t even know existed)
- Don’t take them all at once. Take 1 or 2 each week at most. Give yourself time to learn each one and go throughout your life to see if those things are in fact accurate.
- Take them when you are in a decent mood! I took one of these tests twice. The first time, I was in a bad mood. I can remember going through and saying to myself “what a stupid question” or “that question is just like the last one, why are they asking it again!”…. needless to say when I took the tests when I was in a better mood, my results were quite a bit different.
The Power Behind Personality Tests
The reason these tests can offer such good insight into your life is because it will help identify your natural self. The things you prefer at work and in life, the activities that come naturally to you and what truly drives your unconscious behavior. By being aware of this, you will be able to recognize what is missing in life and how to fix it.
For example: On the DISC Profile test, if it states that you are someone who highly prefers structure and routine in your work environment and is resistant to change; then it might explain why you are always stressed out or dissatisfied with your job if you are at a high flying, fast paced start-up or if you are always working on the road.
Or if in the Enneagram test it states that you are naturally someone who doesn’t trust in yourself. Someone who always second guesses their decisions and is prone to a low level of anxiety; then you are going to realize that this is what could be impacting your relationships, work and life in general. Then you can take necessary actions they suggest to help solve that specific issue that is at the core of your challenges.
In my 6 week coaching programs, I show you how to break through these blocks in your life and how to train your brain like the highest performers in the world. Learn more about my coaching program here
The Personality Tests
This is a powerful and in depth test that is offered free by Tony Robbins. Click here to take the test
“Self-awareness is essential to success — understanding situations that will drive you and the objectives that fit your behavioral style. Identify what’s holding you back from success and how to align your true personality traits for a life of achievement by taking this DISC index. More than two million people have taken this 15-minute test to better understand their personality types and behavioral styles.”
This test costs $15 , has been taken by over 16 million people and is a great way to identify your top 5 core strengths. Studies have proven that when you utilize these strengths they improve happiness and overall performance. Click here to take the test
Enneagram Type Indicator:
This test costs $12 and provides incredibly deep insight into your behavior, your counterproductive thoughts, the challenges you may be facing in life, defense mechanisms you use, what you’re truly in need of to resolve those personal challenges and more. Click here to take the test
Myers & Briggs:
This test costs $49 and is used by a lot of organizations worldwide and focuses much around how we use our perception and judgement.
“Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills.”
Barrett Personal Values Assessment:
This free test helps you to identify what your core values are in life. Click here to take the test
This test is free and is based on the Five Factor model of personality, one of the most widely accepted theories of personality today. The Five Factor model scores people based on five broad dimensions of personality:
- Openness to Experience – How much do you enjoy abstract ideas and artistic expression?
- Conscientiousness – How much do you put off immediate gratification in order to achieve long-term goals?
- Extraversion – How much do you turn to the outside world for stimulation and excitement?
- Agreeableness – How much do you put others ahead of yourself?
- Neuroticism – How likely are you to bounce back from stressful events?