Too many people rely on feedback they receive from others. No matter how spot-on the answers you received feel to you, they are subjective. We’re humans, and our subjective assessments are not always as accurate as we think.
Whenever possible, we want to collect objective information – based on statistically-significant data and procedures — on ourselves.
Objective data places a “reality check” over our subjective conclusions. When the two agree, you can feel really confident in your results. But when they contradict each other, it shows that you perhaps haven’t been understanding yourself as well as you thought you had. And that further self-exploration is needed to get to the true answer.
For example: ‘subjectively’ you might think of yourself as a talented singer (I mean, you sound great in the shower, right?). But if you enter a few competitions and repeatedly get scored in the bottom half, this ‘objective’ data indicates to you that either a lucrative singing career just isn’t in the cards for you, or that you at least need to invest in serious voice lessons before deciding to pursue one.
When it comes to ourselves, we all have blind spots. It’s the objective data that helps reveal them.
One of the best ways to get objective data about yourself is to take the few really excellent standardized assessment tests that have been developed over the past century.
The results of these have been honed over the millions of people that have taken them, and therefore, we can have confidence that — like the results or not — we can lean on the answers as more “true” than what our subjective minds may be telling us.