Knowing yourself isn’t all it takes. You also have to know what you need.
Having a grade-A team of helpers can be the difference between
a life of struggle and a life of bliss.
We’ve been talking quite a bit about clarity and consistency these last couple weeks – what they are, why they’re important and what they look like when manifested. Now we move on to how to actually attain a life of clarity and consistency – how to have what you want so that it serves you, serves those you love and serves the world.
In Clarity and Consistency – Part 1, we noted that clarity and consistency are the result of knowing yourself – your true Self, the Self God created you to be.
It’s a bit of an oversimplification but I believe people often fall into one of four distinct archetypes: The Visionary, The Analyst, The Builder and The Implementer. Sure, we embody all these traits at any given time but knowing which is your predominant disposition can be the difference between feeling content or stagnant.
But knowing yourself isn’t all it takes. Yes, it’s a huge part of the puzzle, but the truth is there’s more. When you know yourself you also know what you need from those around you. Having a grade-A team of helpers can be the difference between a life of struggle and a life of sublime bliss.
So who are you, and who do you need in your corner? Let’s find out.
Always have a million and one ideas blooming, but can never seem to get them all done? Always thinking about how to meet an unfilled need or create things that don’t exist? As you’re trying to manifest them, do you often get distracted by something else that seems to be related, which needs to be addressed before you can move on? You’re a visionary.
Visionaries are often eccentric, eclectic and just plain odd – at least somewhat, and certainly to those who are closest to them. But it’s because of visionaries that things which were once considered impossible, or science fiction, are now taken for granted. Think television, WiFi, microwaves, airplanes, trains, cars and telephones.
Is it easy for you to look at something and see what works and what doesn’t? Do people often accuse you of being critical when you’re just trying to be helpful?
The Analyst and the Visionary have a lot in common in that they both see how things could be better. But, whereas the visionary structure things from scratch, the Analyst is at home re-structures things already in place. Not only can an Analyst tell you how to fix what isn’t working, but they can also teach you how to use what works to build a brand, expand your reach and create a legacy.
Can you see tasks in your mind like some people see pictures? Are bullet points, flow charts and color coded spreadsheets a way of life for you? Do you believe in communicating a plan effectively in order to minimize the need for repetition? Are words like planning, project, program, short-term, outcome, and data-driven decisions part of your standard vocabulary? Then you’re a builder.
Builders excel as project managers and quality assurance specialists. They create charts and graphs like others breathe. It’s easy and second-nature, a means of clarifying what needs to happen, when and who’ll be responsible. Builders are the backbone of every operation. If you want to see where a company (or a family) will be in 10 years, talk to the builder.
Do you love puzzles? Is life a puzzle to you? Can you thrive when you have all the details? Is information a helpful resource that lets you thrive rather than a hindrance that boxes you in? You’re an implementer.
Implementers are often referred to as worker bees, but they should not be confused with robots and drones. It is true that Implementers are the hardworking, hands-on type. But don’t be fooled. Nothing happens without this group. Visionaries may be the ones most likely to start it, but it’s always the Implementers who finish it. Implementers are the first-faces; the ones who meet and greet your public or enact the family plan. Implementers are loyal, committed and determined – but they won’t take your guff, so be nice.
Though these categorical overviews are abridged (considerably), they can help you gain insight into who you are and therefore whom you need in your inner-circle. And just how can this help you to create the kind of life you desire and deserve with the people you love? I’m glad you asked.
Join me next time (lol) as I discuss how these different personality types can help and hinder one another. I’ll be discussing the difference between optimal, median and frustrated functionality within your respective personality and how to get the most of your natural inclinations.
Until next time Legacy Leaders,
Akima “Queen” B.
PS – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. See yourself in any of these personality types? Did something click? Think I’m full of it? Would love to know. Leave a comment.