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How Can You Work on Improving Yourself If You’re Not Sure What That Means? (+Video)

Ask 100 people to tell you their strengths and their areas for growth. Pay close attention – not only to what they say, but how they react to the question. Do they look flummoxed? (Yep. Thesaurus.) Do they answer with less than complete conviction – as if they’re really not sure?

Many people can’t really identify their own strengths, or the areas in which they need to grow. It’s not that they don’t know themselves on any level. But truly understanding our core strengths and weaknesses requires more than just familiarity and intuition. It requires a data-based testing that produces real, objective information.

If you’ve never gone through an assessment like this, the pursuit of self-improvement is complicated. You can never be sure what to work on. And you could spend a lot of time working on things that you think are the core issues – but turn out not to be.

This is why I push so hard on the idea of awareness. I realize that may not sound very impactful. “Fine. I’m aware. Now what?”

But the answer is: Now you know what to work on, and when you make progress on that work it will make a real difference in your performance.

This is what we do with our Mindscan assessments. Thousands of them have been done, and no two have ever come out the same. They’re objective, math-driven assessments that allow us to see real information on how your mind works – and how that impacts your approach to your career or business.

Sometimes people are surprised by the results of their Mindscan or Hartman Value Profile assessments. I’ve seen joy in the form of both tears and laughter. Sometimes they are not surprised at all. But everyone who takes one has something solid and tangible to work from.

Do you really know your strengths and areas for growth? Or do you just think you have a pretty good idea? And what would you do if you could see data-based evidence?

I think you’d get to work. (And of course, I can help you with that.) But it has to start with knowing where to focus. Have you taken your assessment? If not, you should. Listen in as I chat with Michelle Cohl about it more during our series of interviews.

I’m Dr. Melanie Gallo and I help people in business every day to understand the patterns of their thoughts so they can use their thinking strengths to help train and improve in the thinking dimensions that aren’t as strong. Using a tool based on the Nobel-Prize nominated work of Dr. Robert Hartman, we are able to mathematically measure your thinking and your capacity to make value judgments concerning yourself and the world around you. So instead of simply understanding "how" you behave in the world, it reveals how to systematically align your thinking strengths with a business or career plan in order to achieve measurable success.

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