Where To Start?
As I sit in my office focused on creating the goals for my business and personal life for 2016 I think about the conversations I have had with clients while reviewing their LUMINA Spark, Sales or Leader portraits.
There is a part of the portrait that has you look how you show up differently depending on the environment you are in. It allows people to see what are more of their natural or strongest qualities and what happens with them and the other qualities they possess in different areas of their life. A real 3D version rather than some tests that just pigeon hole you into one box or type.
It fascinates people to see themselves this way!
The portrait really offers them perspective on how they are showing up, which then allows them to make intentional decisions about themselves and take actions to move forward in their lives.
There are situations in your life where parts of you are not energetically expressed. The qualities of yourself that you have come to master or as some would say, are natural ways of being, are being suppressed in environments that you are showing up in.
Perhaps you aren't using your IMAGINATIVE quality at work, only when you are on your own. If you have a strong IMAGINATIVE self and are not using this at work, it is a suppression.
Suppression of your personal energy in regards to a specific quality can be;
Here is an example of results on one quality of the LUMINA Spark questionnaire that I completed.
This image represents a suppression of a quality: MEASURED
Measured is defined here as 'serious minded and contains positive emotions'
You can see that in my UNDERLYING PERSONA, who I am when I am on my own, my most natural, comfortable self, I have a fairly strong result of being measured.
Then you can see in my EVERYDAY PERSONA, how I show up for others in social or work environments, I suppress my measured way of being and expend energy on being DEMONSTRATIVE, and also bring this is to my OVEREXTENDED, stressed, overwhelmed states of being.
I want to point out that this was an intentional shift in my personality.
The first time I took the LUMINA Spark questionnaire, My results were very high in all 3 personas in the quality of MEASURED.
I quickly looked at how this was or wasn't working for me and made a decision to take intentional actions and train myself to be more outward in my way of being while I was around people.
This graph you see above is the result.
I have intentionally chosen to suppress my MEASURED quality to enable me to be more effective and connected with people. This energy shift brings many positives to my life.
I am passionate about having people learn that they are not at the mercy of their personalities. So much of what you don't know about yourself leaves you without the opportunity to make positive changes in yourself and life.
Now that the year is coming to a close and most people seem to reflect on the year past during the holidays, Making new resolutions, goals and plans. I want you to take a look at yourself.
I want you to consider where you may be suppressing aspects or qualities of yourself.
Are you doing it intentionally? Perhaps they are unknown to you?
Whats the consequence of these suppressions? What is it costing you to suppress a piece of your personality? What is it bringing to you?
In the example above, I am showing a positive, intentional suppression.
This may not be the case for you.
In fact, for many who take the LUMINA Spark questionnaire they are happy to uncover some blind spots and feel empowered to be able to make clear, conscious positive shifts as they move closer to their fulfilled and confident selves..
My holiday wishes for you for 2016 are:
You have the ability to learn about yourself and make conscious positive shifts!
Will you start the New Year on track to your best self?
Happy Holidays to all of you!
Live with Passion and Be Playful!
A Business Relationship Trainer, Virtual Team Coach & Facilitator who loves all things related to business strategy, growth and innovation through the power of people in relationship.