You’re a straight-shooter, you tell it like it is and you don’t apologise for being that way.
Type A is a-OK! You like a system, you live for the rules and if anyone deviates even a little from your plan, they best prepare to wrestle… and did I mention you’re not that good with change?
But… once you’ve taken a beat to talk yourself down, you can handle a few changes. Just a few. Not too many! And if the changes are to be made, it’s best that you’re the one to make them. Maybe write a list, or a mind-map would be a good start?
Preparation is key and it’s like you always say “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. That’s your motto! Write that down for later, it’ll come in handy. You love to have all ‘your ducks in a row’, cross the T’s and dot the I’s. Hospital corners just make things look better – it’s a fact!
Efficiency is your middle name (actually it’s probably Jane, but hyperbole helps to make a point), and you like to get things done. The finish line is your destination and it better be perfect when you get there. You are accurate, precise, conscientious, and you may as well be the Devil in the details.
There isn’t a problem you can’t solve with hard work and determination, and nobody dares to even question the routine.
You believe that everything and everyone has its proper place. Remember Monica’s 11 categories of guest towels, her ribbon drawer and her numbered mugs? Your logical brain can’t get enough of systems and organising. If people say perfection is an unattainable goal, they clearly haven’t seen your organisational skills.
Inaction and distraction are not words in your vocabulary. You are a doer! Once you’ve committed to a task, it will get done and it will get done thoroughly. You take great pride in your work and expect others to value just how much effort you have put in. But remember, your standards are so high that other people have little hope of matching up. It’s not their fault they don’t compare – try not to be too hard on them, but don’t coddle them. After all, it’s you who is charged with giving that hefty dose of harsh reality.
Sometimes obsessing over the small stuff can obscure the bigger picture, so take a step back once in a while and review what you’re doing. It can slow your progress, but instead of always trying to do things right, focus on doing the right things.
Life for you might be about making everything work the way it should, but try to relax a little – perfectionism can be a tough trait to follow; maybe strive for progress rather than perfectionism? I know it’ll sting but sometimes you are your own worst enemy.
So, try throwing the rule book out the window once in a while… really let your hair down and throw caution to the wind. Maybe the mantra “Rules are good! Rules help control the fun!” is stopping you from living life to the max? Taking risks can be fun and new, and sometimes you need to do this even if all the math doesn’t check.
It’s time to follow your heart and go with your gut; let that big brain rest a while.
Your deep-seated fear of criticism and uncontrollable need to please people is written on the wall with you, but I need to let you in on a secret; as much as you hate to hear it, you can’t make everyone happy!
Rest assured though, your standards for yourself are higher than anyone else expects of you, so even when you feel like you’ve let yourself down, hell, nobody else will even notice. No one is dissecting what you do as much as you are.
Tap into your inner Monica when a situation calls for those character strengths, but try to cut yourself some slack, relax and focus more on the bigger picture. The path to success will be easier to travel if you release the reins a little. And if you find yourself struggling, find a Phoebe or a Rachel; good friends will always be there for you.
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