April 01, 2012

Follow–up on Understanding your personality type

Workshop Tutor: Mary Sage

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points


Hi Mary!

I apologize for such a delay in my last follow-up. There was one last action point to go, unfortunately, the one that takes longer time to put in action:

3. According to ESTJ, I sometimes give less attention to my intuition - I will try to act more spontaneously/to trust my intuition.

You have to agree with me that this goal might sound easy but there is a long way from having said to having done. Since the last follow-up, I have been aware that I have to pay greater attention to the decision-making process.

Interestingly, what I found out is that when it comes to making decisions, I used to leverage the pros and cons, I tried to analyse all the aspects and impact of that decision, and also, I usually try to gather all the data related to the decision. Not only was this process more time-consuming, but also, in many cases, it influenced the final decision in such a way that I over-think a problem with an obvious solution.

One of the most common examples is a test. During the last mock exam from Financial Management with multiple-choice questions, I caught myself questioning the first instinct, hunch. When preparing for the real exam, I found out that in many of the questions where I thought the answer is correct, the first – unchanged answer was indeed, correct. In 5 out of 15 questions, I changed my answer in a way that I replaced a correct answer with the wrong one. And that was only because I was questioning my first answer even if I had been studying hard for the exam.

So I was thinking when I do such mistakes in exams, what is the result in a real life? That’s when I told myself to stop analysing and over-thinking every single step (and some friends of mine can confirm that I did it a lot). Changing the way we think is a long-term process, that is for sure, but it can be changed. When solving a problem or dealing with a situation, every time I ask myself: left or right, black or white, yes or now – decide now, don’t hesitate because it will make no change, it will add no enormous value. The exact opposite – it will keep you wasting your time, your valuable time that can be spent on other – more important things. The way people think can’t be changed in a second but It seems I made a good start, what do you think?

Dear Mary, I want to thank you very much for the time and effort you put into reading my blog, I think I covered all the action points I set for myself in the fist post. I enjoyed working with MBTI personality questionnaire, I feel I have learnt a lot about myself and I look forward to writing a bit more about it in the final blog!

Thank you and have a nice day!

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  1. Mary Sage

    Hello Natalie

    this is another very good, reflective blog entry. You have thought deeply about how you might be able to develop some aspects of your behaviour in a benefical way, and I think your account of how you have tried to pay more attention to your intuition and act more spontatneously, has had some positive consequences for you. I’m glad that you found the MBTI questionnaire and workshop helpful, and look forward to reading your overall thoughts and responses in your final blog entry.

    Best wishes


    18 Apr 2012, 13:43

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