People change – so while this may be you today, tomorrow you could find that your direction differs,
along with the hurdles you’ll face and the actions you’ll need to take to overcome them.
Hello there again Legacy Leaders,
I hope you all are doing great. We’re a little off-schedule, but we love that you’re here.
I am so glad for the week I’ve had, but there’s nothing like the weekend, am I right? I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation before I get back to planning and prepping for the week ahead. It’s always great to stop and process what you’ve learned so you can streamline it into your process. Hopefully, these posts are blessing you with that a little bit. Stay tuned as we’ll be changing up the format a bit, to serve you even better.
We’ve been talking about clarity and consistency for a while and how it can come to help you live an abundant life. I believe those two keys are critical elements to everything else you want to achieve in life. In fact, I take the time to point out in Clarity and Consistency – Part 2, just how the two coming together enhances your chances for success.
Now, that we understand what we do about them, I think it’s time to move on to the creation process. What do we need to do to cultivate clarity and consistency in our lives and manifest success?
In my opinion, this happens in three parts:
- Know yourself and what you offer.
- Know what you need from others.
- Leverage your relationships (the exchange of giving what you offer and getting what you need) for mutual optimizations; think win-win.
Knowing yourself is about knowing what you were put here on this earth to do and having some idea of how you are going to do it.
Previously, I discussed four different types of people, how they interact with the world around them. I even touched a bit on how certain personality types benefit those who beat them, as well as others around them – even the world at large. These are the Visionaries, Analysts, Builders and Implementers.
In this post, I will go into a bit more depth about Visionaries and Analysts. In the coming weeks, we’ll discuss the Builders and Implementers.
Through it all I’ll do my best to offer insight into how you can overcome the obstacles often associated with the respective personalities to ensure that you find yourself manifesting the best for your life.
Granted, people change – so while this may be you today, tomorrow you could find that your direction differs, therefore so do your hurdles and the means you’ll need to take to overcome them. With that said, let’s jump right in with…
Optimal Function: Visionaries are at their best when they are surrounded by their other three personality counterparts. Visionaries need the others if they’re actually going to get anything done. They need Analysts to reel them in and scale back those big ideas so they can managed and achieved TODAY. They need Builders to help them devise an actionable plan. And, of course, Implementers get the job done. At their best, a visionary is like a body of water with many arms; they receive their pecking orders from the Source then delegate the responsibilities to the various parties; and of course there’s always backflow because Visionaries learn best from those around them.
Median Function: A Visionary is great at finding other Visionaries and Analysts. With a host of people captivated by their ideas, old and new, and to pare them down as needed, the median level Visionary feels invigorated and energized, but still gets the sense that something is missing. They know that other things need to happen in order to get their dreams off the ground, but they’re uncertain what that “something” is. More often than not, the median level Visionary has to stop looking at “everyone else” as “them” and “they”. Visionary at this level fare better when they understand the value everyone brings to the table; for instance, seeing Implementers as vital contributors rather than “the help”. If you’re an MLV (median level visionary), learn to (appreciate and) play well with people different than you and you can surpass even your own grand standards of success.
Frustrated Function: A Visionary without a vision isn’t alive. But a Visionary with a vision and no outlet for bringing it to pass… is a powder keg! Often narcissistic and entitled, the frustrated Visionary doesn’t understand why everyone else can’t see their brilliance. Their magnetism and charm will often draw folks in, only to have them pushed away just as fast with their sharp tongue and bitter wit. More often than not, the VFF (visionary of frustrate function) lashes out because of fear. Fear that she isn’t as good as she once thought; or that he isn’t as good as others have claimed him to be. If you’re a frustrated (and fearful) Visionary I urge you to spend time getting out of our head; preferably getting your hands dirty. Garden, paint, play in clay, play with your kids, volunteer, dance naked around your house (or outside, just know your local laws about that). I’ve found the time you spend thinking and the more you spend moving, you invite new ways to clear out the junk and let the sunshine in.
Optimal Function: Analysts, unlike the Visionaries, Builders and Implementers, can thrive working with one or all of their counterparts. So long as an Analyst’s opinions are respected and valued, s/he can thrive at any stage of the goal-getting game. Analysts can help visionaries by outlining what’s working and what’s not in the overall scheme of things. They prove useful to builders as a plan is being laid out, or even once it has been enacted. Implementers can benefit from Analysts’ sage advice by receiving real time, quality feedback about how to make things PRACTICALLY better. An optimal Analyst knows how to provide an honest, constructive assessment that will ensure results without making people feel picked on, put down or called out.
Median Function: At the median level, Analysts are often brimming with ideas for improving things, but lacking in tact. Median level Analysts are often considered cheeky, snarky, curt and even rude. These are the people who leave a bad taste in folks mouths not with what they say, but how they say it. While they are quick to offer a solution, their delivery is far from favorable. It’s like wrapping diamonds in a poop-filled pamper. Sure, if you’re willing to do the work, you’ll get the gems – but you’re likely so turned off by the smell you never knew the jewels were there. In many cases, the Analyst is right and has a sound idea of what needs to happen, but change is hard enough without complications and hurt feelings. If you’re a median level Analyst looking to bump yourself up a notch consider enrolling in some free online communication courses or brushing up on some engaged listening techniques.
Frustrated Function: You know them well, the people who can see everything that’s wrong but never what’s right. They have an answer (make that complaint) for everything with nary a solution in sight. Frustrated Analysts have no filter and no boundaries. Often because they say the first thing that comes to mind, people don’t take them seriously and rarely seek their support for the one thing an Analyst wants to do more than anything – make stuff better. My recommendation for the AFF (analyst of frustrated function) is this: Be your own project. Take classes, survey family and friends – people who’ll tell you what they really think even if you don’t like it. Take their suggestions to heart and apply them in the field. This is what you do, you make things better – so start with you. In the meantime: Zip. Zap. Zeal. (ZIP your lips when people tell you their ideas. ZAP your thoughts onto paper. This helps when people want an immediate answer, you can read off your notes. Be ZEALOUS about making self-improvement your top priority).
Now that we know a bit about visionaries and their revisionary counterparts, the Analysts, we’ll need to look at those who help them bring it all together – the Builders and Implementers, which we will do next time.
Remember, everyone has a bit of all these in their blood so don’t be shocked if you can’t peg yourself. You may find in our next post that you are more Builder or Implementer than either of these. Just be sure to consider them all and see which best suits at this time in your life so you can act on it and get the most out of it.
And as always, I would love to hear where you think you fall on the spectrum and how you’re using your gifts, skills, talents and abilities to create an amazing life for you and your loved ones – and bless the world. Leave a comment below. Until next time.
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