Whether it’s returning your body to pre-baby weight or becoming a doctor because your parents want you to be one or living outside of your means to keep up with the Jones’, trying to be someone or something you’re not sets you up for failure before you’ve even started. Hows that for the odds being stacked against you?
But accepting yourself for who you really are, flaws and all, is not an easy feat either. Especially if others see you differently or if you don’t like who you are. Even worse, is when you’re actually good at being someone or something else. On the flip side, if you really enjoy it, perhaps it’s time to change careers and become an actor.
In my back-to-work program, we recently completed the True Colors personality model. It’s similar to the Myers-Briggs test, but not nearly as detailed. It’s a fun way to find out more about who you are, what you’re like, how you react to certain people and situations and what type of work might be best suited to you. A quick overview of each color and a version of this test can be found here.
Although everyone has each colour* in them (blue, green, gold and orange), one or two are usually more prevalent than the other(s). The paler colours are areas you need to work on.
Most of my life I’ve been a blue with gold thrown in, but now I’m predominantly a green. Which, as it turns out, I’ve struggled for a long time NOT to be. Green’s are more logical than they are emotional and I consider myself a fairly visibly emotional person, although much less so now than I have been in the past. Kermit the Frog says it best in his song “It’s not easy being green.”
I hope that, by accepting and understanding this new version of myself, it’ll be easier to recognize which opportunities are best-suited for the person I am today.
Have you ever taken a personality test? If so, did you agree with the results? Why or why not?
*The change in spelling of the word colour is because I live in Canada, but the True Colors personality test was created in the United States.