Are You Calling The Shots In Your Life?

Steve Williamson, VP Digital Marketing and Content, eRep, Inc.
Monday, August 22, 2022
Are You Calling The Shots In Your Life?

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Many of the most admired people in the world have one thing in common: they know themselves and know what they want out of life. What can you do to gain that self-awareness and confidence?

Ask yourself this question: Are you calling the shots in your life?

You might be in control of your actions and the direction you're heading. Most of us like to think that we are in the driver's seat of our own lives. We make choices on a daily basis and act on our priorities.

Assuming you are calling the shots, and that you are choosing the path on which you are traveling, there might be a more important question to answer: is it the right path for you?

Deliberate Direction

There are many of us who feel like we never get a break. From the time we wake up until the time our head hits the pillow at the end of the day we are go, go, go. Some of this is willful and with full awareness of where we're headed. Some is just the imposition of daily life in a modern society, activities that must be done whether we like it or not.

We can easily find ourselves in a position where our life is all motion but no direction.

The direction you are traveling may not be where you want to go. Or maybe you really have no idea what direction you're traveling at all.

Remember the comment above that the people we admire the most seem to have an unrelenting focus on where they're going and the almost devout confidence that their direction is what's perfectly aligned with who they are?

Do you have that feeling? Don't feel bad if you don't. Most of us lack that sense of assured confidence about our path in life.

For us mortals that need a bit of direction, there is something we can do to find it.

We can take some advice from that adage, "First, know thyself."

If you don't know who you are and how you are emotionally hardwired, every step you take down a path is one degree away from being a random guess.

Who Are You?

Why does your innate, unchanging nature matter when it comes to finding your ideal direction in life? Think of it this way. If you are a highly creative person, would you be happy pursuing a career in accounting? What if you went down that career path without realizing that you are hardwired to be doing something entirely different?

Things wouldn't feel right, but the activity that would feel natural would be elusive.

It is surprising how many of us find ourselves in our current job or career through a series of inexplicable, almost random events and circumstances.

Most people go through life with only a cursory understanding of how they are hardwired. They have some guesses based on how various life experiences have played out, but few have definitive answers that are actually based on psychometric science and hard data.

If you want to know the path in life that is best for you, you need to learn enough about yourself to define what that path looks like. You need to discover your personality's DNA.

How do you do that? You take a personality test, of course!

Know Thyself

If you're going to take a personality test, you might as well take the world's most accurate and reliable personality test, the Core Values Index.

When you complete the CVI™, your results explain how you are hardwired. The way you see the world and unconsciously seek to operate within it is clearly described. Even how you prefer to learn or how you react to stress is within your CVI report.

In case you were wondering, "This sounds complicated and expensive. Time consuming, too," the CVI takes just 8 to 10 minutes to complete, it costs less than $50, and your results are easy to understand. Competing psychometric assessments and personality tests are typically more expensive, have confusing results, and often require the facilitation of a paid consultant to administer.

The biggest way the CVI sets itself apart from the competition is its accuracy and reliability. The CVI has been measured in longitudinal studies to have a repeat reliability rating of 97.7%. Nothing else even comes close.

Some competing psychometric assessments to the CVI are no more accurate than a coin toss.

When you complete the CVI and read your report, you gain knowledge that clearly explains how you are hardwired. Are you creative? Do you like to take charge and get things done? Does gathering knowledge and data make your day? Are you naturally innovative and compassionate? The answers to all these questions lie within your CVI results.

Once you understand your personality's DNA, you can get a far more accurate sense for the career path and life activities that make the most sense for you. You can choose the path that is aligned with who you are and how you are hardwired.

Anything else is just a seemingly endless series of random stabs in the dark. Call the shots in your life with a clear direction that is best for you by taking the CVI today.

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Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Innovator/Banker - VP Digital Marketing and Content, eRep, Inc.

Steve has a career in project management, software development and technical team leadership spanning three decades. He is the author of a series of fantasy novels called The Taesian Chronicles (, and when he isn't writing, he enjoys cycling, old-school table-top role-playing games, and buzzing around the virtual skies in his home-built flight simulator.

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