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Insights from a DISC Profile

Jun 11, 2017Wholehearted


I recently took a DISC profile quiz (this is the one I took), and I was surprised at the accuracy of the results.  I was really high in the C (conscientiousness) area and my second highest was the I (Influence) area.  Basically, this means that I tend to be logical, structured, methodical, and deliberate.  I also tend to enjoy solving problems, and if I don’t have a clear objective or purpose that I’m working towards I feel restless and at loose ends.  

That last bit, about feeling like a ship that’s slipped its moorings when I don’t have a clear goal or objective that I’m working towards, is what really hit home.  

Bam! That’s totally how I feel right now!  

I have a good idea of where I want to end up, but I don’t really know how to get there. And so I feel “at loose ends.”

Interestingly, I found a DISC profile I took three or four years ago, and even then I was very high on the C scale.  So, I guess that part of me is pretty integral to me.

On the other hand, my I score on the profile has completely changed.  The first time I took the test, I was really low on the I score, and now it’s my second highest.  The I profile part of me means that I tend to a multitasker, enjoy teamwork, and open to new ideas and opportunities. I also apparently like people more now than I used to.  Go figure!

So, what’s the point of all this?

For me, it’s been fascinating to explore a bit about myself and to see how these different areas of my life, that I suspected were there all along, are actually influencing my world and how I interact in that world.

Especially now, when things feel so hazy and some days I feel like I’m in the middle of a cloud of fog with a signpost that’s lost its signs, getting some insight into myself is both interesting and comforting.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what to do with the information.  Maybe it’s confirmation that the way I function is “normal.”

Maybe it explains why I can get caught up in tiny details of my website and in planning when what I really need to do is get those plans moving.

Maybe by knowing my strengths and challenges I can be more intentional.

Maybe it’s just one more piece of information that I file away as interesting.  I don’t know.

However, it is interesting to see how I’ve changed over time.  I think, if nothing else, it proves that we are capable of growing and becoming more and different and (hopefully) better.

That’s encouraging to me.

Have you ever taken the DISC assessment?  How well did your scores match up with how you perceive yourself?

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