The MEAPA Way:
Personal Assessment of Traits and Habits (PATH)
Since habits shape 45% of the choices people make each day, there is a tremendous need for people to increase the few formal moments of
self-appraisal that they have and make a life-long commitment to self-awareness and learning. Doing so allows individuals a chance to identify personal traits and habits they can either
leverage or enhance in order to achieve a higher level of professional development. To help individuals assess their traits and habits MEAPA created the
Personal Assessment of Traits and Habits (PATH).
- PATH is applicable for anyone, regardless of background, level of education, industry, geographical location, employment status or
- PATH consists of the following 20 traits/habits commonly found among successful people. Not every successful professional always practices every
trait/habit but they do practice one or more of them frequently.
- PATH asks you to define how frequently you practice each trait/habit using the following Likert scale:
Never • Infrequently • Often • Always
- We use the word practice with PATH instead of strengths and weaknesses because PATH is a practice and not a muscle group. By defining the frequency of how
often a trait or habit is used, one leaves the door open for making even the smallest of steps in a daily practice of traveling further down their PATH.
- As one attendee said following a PATH workshop: "MEAPA's PATH gave me the knowledge of a daily exercise that will change the direction of my own life's
journey. Thank you!"
- MEAPA has also published the Your PATH
Series of publications that includes a wide variety of topics relevant for personal, professional and organizational development.
- Link to PATH article on MindBodyGreen: Your Guide to Wellness
The 20 Traits and Habits of PATH:
- Believe you
create your own life – The influence of other people and circumstances are all around us, but you need to believe that you can make an impact on them if you want to achieve your
- Create a vision
for your life – Know where you are going, where you need to turn, and what resources you need along the way so you can live with intention.
- Define a specific
goal – It is impossible to work toward something if you do not know exactly what it is you are trying to achieve.
self-discipline – Once you have clearly identified a vision and goals, it requires inner drive and deliberate effort over an extended period of time to achieve
- Deal with
change – The world is in constant motion and people that live with intention and work with purpose have to deal with change on a constant basis.
- Rebound from
failure – Nobody is successful all the time with everything they try to do. If we give up after a failure or two we will fall short of achieving the life we
- Believe in
yourself when others do not – Your goals and desires are uniquely yours and may not be shared by anyone else. To achieve them you must retain self confidence in what you are doing
despite what others say.
courageous behavior – Courage is facing situations that scare us but demand our attention if we want to take the required action to achieve a difficult
- Get comfortable
being uncomfortable – Many things in life makes us uncomfortable so we must routinely practice getting comfortable in uncomfortable situations, both personally and
- Persevere through
a difficult situation – Reaching any goal requires you to keep moving forward no matter what the obstacle or how difficult the situation.
- Be more
resourceful – Be aware that other resources or people might exist to help you answer a question, address an issue, or resolve a problem.
- Prioritize your
to-do list – There are many things we have to do, but not all things are necessary for us to meet our timelines and accomplish our goals.
- Collaborate with
others – Working with others can make you more effective by exponentially increasing your capabilities.
yourself – Examine your traits and skills so you can identify what makes you unique and valuable to others in a specific situation.
- Communicate your
value – Present a compelling story about yourself so that others can better understand how you differentiate and offer value to them.
- Understand events
and people more clearly – Assumptions and misunderstandings block communication, hurt collaboration, and derail action.
- Respect and
discuss new ideas – Growth comes from inviting, processing and implementing new ideas without judging the validity of those ideas before thinking about them. New perspectives can help
you become more creative and open opportunities.
- Take calculated
risks – To live with intention is to move forward without a guaranteed outcome because one or more of the variables are unknown or difficult to
- Ask yourself
empowering questions – Question what is happening around you to deepen your understanding. Instead of lamenting when something occurs, you can ask 'what is life trying to teach me at
this very moment?'
self-improvement – The more you intentionally improve the other traits and habits the more effective you become in other areas of your life.
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MEAPA's 2012 PATH Calendar
Download a one page calendar for 2012 with the 20 traits and habits of MEAPA's PATH printed on it as a reminder to practice them throughout the year.MEAPA PATH calendar.pdf
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Free PATH handout
Download and complete your PATH on a frequent basis in order to increase your self-awareness.PATH one page handout.pdf
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"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To
make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
Henry David Thoreau