How Will Your Personality Type Affect Your Business?
It’s January. A new year is upon us, full of hope for the future. It’s time to let go of any failures, mistakes or bad attitudes of 2012 and spend 2013 pursuing our dreams.
It sounds good, doesn’t it? We can let go of time wasted, attempts that we aborted and opportunities we let slip through our fingers. Depending upon how you tend to look upon the world, it may or may not be true. So, how does your personality affect your business?
If you’re a glass half full person, you’re probably charging your way down January’s road with glee and with the proverbial stars in your eyes. You quickly forget problems of the past year or are able to chalk them up to experience as you make new plans to rule the soap/candle/bath & body world. We’ll call you Olga the Optimist.
On the other hand, if you’re a glass half empty type, you may be feeling a bit depressed, unable to let go of how this last year wasn’t what you wanted. You realize all too well your faults–you’re too shy, not motivated enough, a poor sales person, your products aren’t quite as beautiful as the next person’s, you hate bookkeeping; they all haunt every potential plan. You’re destined to repeat 2013, no matter how well others think you did. We’ll call you Paula the Pessimist.
If you’re a realist, thinking about how the glass is both half full and half empty, you know that things can be very, very good or very, very bad, or anywhere in between. You tend to set realistic goals and make contingency plans. You don’t reach for the sky, but you’re not hiding in a corner, either. You know that hard work and perseverance will get you to a certain place. Your moniker is Roy the Realist.
People think that Olga the Optimist will go far, and indeed, it’s often true. She is able to let go of past mistakes and continue on. Nevertheless, her enthusiasm at times gets in the way of good sense, and her ability to forget compounds her mistakes because she doesn’t always learn from them.
Paula the Pessimist I liken to Eeyore, the donkey of Winnie the Pooh fame. Eeyore types always remember the bad and never think things will work out well. On the plus side, they see the pitfalls ahead and are very good at planning, often with some coaxing from a more optimistic person.
It would seem that being like Roy is best because he or she is, well, realistic. However, this type of person usually doesn’t reach as far as the optimist would and is in danger of not accomplishing all the he could in his endeavors. Not that there is anything wrong with being realistic, but a little dreaming is good, too.
You know what comes next–which one are you? More importantly, is there any help for the negative parts of our personalities?
My answer is yes, of course! Knowing yourself, the good parts as well as the not-so-good parts, is key to success. You can teach yourself to hold back, to push forward, or to overcome other obstacles you face. You can partner up with someone as a mentor who will compliment your personality and help where you are lacking. You do possess what it takes to dream and make your dreams come true.
It’s January. Go get ‘em!
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.