To Thine Own Self Be True: Self Knowledge = Good Decisions

One of the main things I had to do this week was finalize my class schedule.  In doing so I had to do a little soul searching. I am continually amazed at how much a class I took last semester has helped me in making all kinds of decisions.  That class was Human Development 5, Career and Life Strategies, at El Camino College.  Rather than simply working on resumes and such, we spent most of the semester getting to know ourselves.

The main self-test we used was from the workbook Follow Your True Colors To The Work You Love by Carolyn Kalil & Don Lowry.  Of the four colors to choose from, I found out that I am a “Green”.  Greens have the following traits: place a high value on competence and knowledge, have a low tolerance for rules and restrictions, tendency to form intellectual bonds with people, desire to figure things out and improve systems, strong ability to analyze, interpret, and work with abstract ideas, a tendency to come across as serious and reserved,  and a personality that is composed, cool, and calm.

Through that class I received validation that art, especially painting, was a great career for me and why.  It allows me to work with abstract concepts, it is flexible and unpredictable, and it allows me to express myself creatively and intellectually.  I chose horticulture as a backup career because it is also a great match for my personality.  So, in considering myself and how I am wired, I was able to finally decide which classes to take and why.  I ended up with: tennis, African art history, life painting I, general horticulture, painting II, life drawing II, Ceramics II, and horticulture 42 plant propagation.  This thinking process can help anyone make any kind of life decision they may be facing.

Although class schedules are what I was dealing with, knowing who you are and what makes you tick can help you make decisions regarding career and relationships and can help you understand your friends, family, and coworkers.  In case you’re curious, I will give a very brief description of the other personality types.  And, by the way, we are all 4 colors, to different degrees.  The order of my colors are: Green, Blue, Orange, and Gold.

Blue: These people are highly sensitive and caring. They are motivated to help and encourage others, they are stressed out by discord and aggressive people, they want everyone to feel validated and nurtured, they are highly emotional and have a strong sense of spirituality and calm.  They tend to like careers like coaching, teaching, therapy, and ministry, and any job that allows them to work with and help people.

Orange: adventurous, loud, boisterous, life of the party, hate routines and restrictions, tend to be physical rather than intellectual, impulsive, late and unstructured, competitive, tend to like jobs where they get to perform, fix things, assemble things, talk, sell, build, entertain, and where they get to determine their own schedules and make things fun.

Gold: These people like their environments to be structured, orderly, and predictable.  They don’t like change or people who are late and/or don’t follow through. They like to control things as much as possible, maintain accurate records, organize things, create schedules for themselves and others, supervise, budget, etc.  They tend to like jobs that are very professional and predictable, where their job descriptions are clear, and where schedules and deadlines are maintained.  They are attracted to jobs like accounting, bookkeeping, supervisory, etc.

So… I hope you found yourself in these descriptions.  If not, I encourage you to read the workbook because it goes into much greater detail than I can here.  If you know yourself, then all the decisions you make will be filled with integrity and self-respect.  We are all great – exactly the way we are – but at the same time we all have our strengths and weaknesses.  The more familiar we are with ourselves, the more effective we will be in working with others and in finding our true path in life.

Have a great week filled with self-love and authenticity.  Now go follow your bliss…

The following are a couple of this weeks’ works in progress (my little camera phone is not the greatest but I’ll take better pictures once the works are completed):

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