Do you make a difference in the lives of others? What Good are you in this world? If you can’t answer this question easily then it’s time to take a deeper look at who you are and what you have to offer. The fact is, you have something good to offer others and it is already woven into the fabric of who you are. Most people really want to make a difference in the world. Most of us want to live lives full of purpose and meaning, but to do that we have to offer something useful and of value to others.
People often get overwhelmed with the idea of making a difference because they immediately think of people they admire who are contributing to the world. They see themselves as less talented or less capable of contributing than those they admire. Some feel disqualified because they just can’t measure up to their ideal so they quickly dismiss the thought. The truth is that you were born with purpose. Woven into your being are different characteristics and qualities that come naturally to you and form the foundation of who you are. Knowing these qualities will help you know your strengths and how you might best contribute.
Take a look at the list below. One or more of these personality types will be familiar to you because you see yourself in them. Read through this list and consider which ones fit you best.
The Anchor: “Steady as she goes” This person tends to stay calm when others freak out. They are solid and reliable, not given to extremes or drama. They are great to have around in a crisis.
The Joker: “The life of the party” Fun, joyful, witty, free-spirit. This person loves relieving pressure in tough or awkward situations and making people laugh. They thrive in a crowd that appreciates their comic genius. They keep us smiling.
The Cheerleader: “Give me an “E” The encourager has great people skills and wants to live by their inner values. They are enthusiastic, open-minded, and flexible. The world needs its cheerleaders. Rah!
The Dish Washer: “Somebody’s gotta get the job done.” Though, responsible, and dependable, this well-organized and hard-working person moves steadily toward their goals. These people get the job done every time. The world needs dish-washers to keep us clean.
The Mechanic: “What makes it tick?” Quiet, reserved, and interested in how things work, the mechanic is loyal and uncomplicated in their desires. Having a keen ability to figure things out these people keep the world moving.
The Mother: “Do you need a Band-Aid?” Putting the needs of others before their own, the mother is responsible, tender, caring, and dutiful. Having an impressive ability to multi-task these mothers are the heart and soul of the world.
The Creator: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” Quiet, sensitive, and observant, the creator has artistic sensibilities and an appreciation for beauty and originality. Not one to control others the creators instead inspire us.
The Good Egg: “Lean on me.” Calm, quiet, conscientious, this soul is concerned about the needs of others and very perceptive about the inner workings of people. They are thoughtful, kind, and follow through. Good Eggs nurture the world.
The Trailblazer: “Boldly going where none have gone before.” Creative, resourceful, and quick thinkers the trailblazer is a visionary who loves to explore possibilities. Stimulating, interesting, problem solvers our trailblazers keep us moving forward.
The Movie Star: “Life is a stage.” The performer is unashamed to share their talents with the world. Lovers of people and of fun they live in the moment and bring a breath of life to the room. The movie star gives us hope and entertains us.
The Good Citizen: “I pledge allegiance…” Valuing security and peaceful living the good citizen has a clear vision of the way things should be. Practical, traditional, organized they are loyal and hard-working. The good citizens of this world keep us on track.
The Body Guard: “I’m watching you.” Strong protectors and defenders the body guards of the world are really gentle and caring on the inside. They have great intuition about people and trust their own instincts. They love order and systematic thinking yet are artistic as well. The body guards keep us feeling safe.
The Brain: “I think, therefore I am.” Logical, original, creative thinkers the brains get excited about ideas and concepts. They value knowledge and competence and want to move from theories to understanding. Brains help us move from chaos to order.
The CEO: “Do it or get out of my way.” Natural born leaders who are assertive and outspoken, the CEOs value knowledge, competence, and the ability to accomplish a task. CEOs are driven to organize and problem-solve which is a much needed skill in our complicated world.
The Writer: “It was the best of times…” Idealistic, quiet thinkers the writers like people and want to help. They tend to be open to possibility and are laid-back quick thinkers. They hold firmly to their ideals and dreams and see the hope in the world. We need that.
The Adventurer: “Climb every mountain.” Friendly, adaptable, action-oriented. Adventurers are focused on immediate results. Living in the here-and-now, they’re risk-takers who live fast-paced lifestyles. They keep it interesting!
The Scientist: “Discovery is my passion.” Independent, original, analytical, and determined the scientist has a desire to find truth in the mysteries of life. They value knowledge, competence and structure. Solving problems and uncovering processes, they give the world understanding and clarity.
Do you see yourself? While not an exhaustive list, these categories give you an idea of what kind of personality you are and how your strength can help the world. Take some time to consider all the categories that fit you and then consider what Goodness you have to offer others. It is a mistake to think that you have to be an Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa, or Nelson Mandela to bring Goodness into the world. Everything you do from your heart that brings beauty, trueness, love or life-giving things into this world counts as Goodness. Being true, having integrity of self and living your life wide open for the benefit of others – that is going to change the world you live in. Now let me ask you again. What Good are you?
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What Good do you have to offer world? Not sure? Let us help you discover ways to share your Goodness by looking at your personality.