What’s Your Flavor?
What’s your flavor? Just like everyone has a favorite flavor they enjoy eating, each person at any point in time is a unique flavor. Different elements go in to creating that flavor. Just as those favorite flavors you like to enjoy change from time to time, the unique ingredients that create your flavor change over time. Unique flavors are what add spice and excitement to an otherwise mundane life style. So, it just makes sense that you should know the current recipe of the ingredients that creates your personal flavor. To better understand who you are, it is important to take a litmus test of yourself from time to time and determine what flavor you are at that moment. Doing it can help you understand a little bit more about yourself. It doesn’t take much effort, just a little time to think about it; if you aren’t quite sure how to go about it, write down the answers to these simple questions:
1. What do you like doing? Focus a little bit. What are the one or two things in life that you really like doing? Don’t get hung up on the details. Think about it in general terms, but also think about why you like doing it?
2. Who are the people you like to do things with on a regular basis? Who are those favorite people that you most like to do things with or go out with, is it a group of people or a single person? What is it about them that makes you want to do things with them?
3. What motivates you at work? I say work, because it’s a place that you must show up at on a regular basis. You may not like everything about work, but think what gets you up in the morning and pushes you to go to work; what motivates you to want to be there in the first place?
4. How do you solve problems? What steps do you take to solve problems that come up? Do you have a specific step process? Or, do you randomly reach decisions, moving along without thinking about how you make those decisions.
5. What makes you happy? Why are you happy and when are you happy? What does it take to make you happy? If you say nothing, you’re not being truthful with yourself. There are always somethings, big or small, that make a person happy.
6. What gets you the most upset? What gets you riled up? Think about what are those certain triggers that set you off.
7. How do you best like to relax? What gets you the most relaxed? How do you reach that state where you can let everything go and just sit back and enjoy the moment?
8. What is your favorite hobby? What’s your favorite way to pass time when you don’t have to do something important? It is different than relaxing but sometimes the two go hand in hand.
I think most of us would be surprised with our answers to some of these questions. By taking this self assessment, the goal is to better understand the unique person we are, at a specific point in time. If we take this self assessment, let’s say on a yearly basis, and then review past self assessments that we’ve done, we can begin to get a better idea of who we are and where we are heading. I think you will find if you do take the time to answer the questions truthfully you might just get a better understanding of yourself and where you are headed; and more importantly come up with ways to improve your life to make it more enjoyable.