You are Type A and are REALLY REALLY good at raising your hand and saying yes. So good, in fact, you often find yourself deep in the throes of overwhelm and ruled by your to-do list.
You don’t like being told what to do or which direction to go. A natural self-starter, when the ideas flow, you’re empowered to make them happen. The follow-through piece is where things get sticky.
Naturally enthusiastic, it’s easy for you to veer away from your deep work in favor of things that look good on paper. Identifying your True North before you get started on a project and setting up reconnection rituals throughout your project will help you you stay on course.
Your typical fear response is to find a new distraction, add more to the list, take on one more project, and start something new. What if you let people down? What if you can’t keep up the pace? What if you bury yourself under the weight of those expectations you put upon yourself? The fear of success is actually a fear of failure, and you often avoid both by never finishing those things that are most important to you.
Success comes easily and often to you, and your most common response is to pass it over in favor of what’s next. Consider how you want to celebrate each success that comes your way before it arrives so that you’ll have a plan when the time comes. And remember: there will be plenty of opportunities to do more in the future. You don’t have to do it all right now.
Focus and Grace
Within each Make It Happen type, there are three subtypes, that describe in more details how your primary type (I see you taking notes and wanting to soak it all up, Sweets!) might manifest itself in your life, work, and creative challenges!
As you work toward understanding your archetype, bookmark this page so that you can revisit these descriptors and keep your guiding principles at the top of your mind!
AND! As you get deeper into this work, remember that your tendency might shift as you start to build success and momentum towards your big goals. That is 100% okay and expected and you can return to the quiz whenever you feel like you need a refresher!
You are a yes sayer at heart and loooooooove the excitement of the start. Ideas show up to you as if out of the blue, and you’re great at setting up plans for success. The trouble often comes when you find yourself buried under all those brilliant ideas of yours or stuck in the mucky middle of execution.
You are an eager beaver and say yes to everything!
You’re naturally devoted to the ideas that are most important.
The energy you have towards your work is often contagious.
When you’re in your zone, the inspiration flows freely.
You love the thrill (and challenge) of starting something new.
You say yes to anything and everything despite your bandwidth.
You love helping and serving—often to your own detriment.
It’s hard to differentiate between a “good” idea and what you need.
You say yes so often that you forget what you really want.
Starting is easy. Following through can feel impossible.
What I want you to know:
It is possible to move those big ideas of yours forward, but that movement is going to require focus and a devotion to finishing. This doesn’t mean you have to let things go; it simply means that you can’t do everything all at once.
Just like boundaries in your personal life will help you stay more connected to yourself and the world, boundaries in your creative work will actually make you more prolific.
Follow-through is your new best friend. Trust it, love it.
For now, focus on the idea that is *most* exciting.
Make time daily to keep yourself grounded in your intuition.
Structure is key as you navigate your creative production.
Big things happen one baby step at a time. Find your target.
Fear often comes a’tapping when you get into the boring part of bringing an idea to life. You still have to do the work. Learn to celebrate the tiny victories of daily progress rather than only looking for the end result. It’s also imperative that you take good care of yourself during the process. Rest, nourish your body, and find moments of quiet to help you focus. You cannot draw water from an empty well—keep yours full.
My ideas are worth following through on and bringing into the world.
You pride yourself on your ability to multitask, execute, and manage projects. If it’s not on your to-do list, it’s not going to get done…and anything new will have to take a backseat to what’s already there. This is great for project management, but not so good for giving birth to those new ideas of yours.
You get your work DONE and love the planning process.
You are super organized and on top of your tasks.
You are a pro at setting up systems and processes.
You’re a finisher. If you plan something, you follow through.
You thrive under pressure and are a keen multi-tasker.
You get lost in organization and can spend hours planning.
The process of task management can cause you to veer away from your why.
You melt down when a project takes an unexpected turn.
You resist the evolution of a project that moves beyond your plans.
You don’t often ask for help in favor of going solo.
What I want you to know:
You need empty space for your ideas to come to life. Boundaries are beautiful and necessary, and your worth is not determined by how busy you stay and how productive you are. You’re allowed to move ideas forward in a way that isn’t efficient. You’re allowed to change your mind. You’re allowed to let things go. And you’re allowed to take a break more often than you think you should.
Simple is good; simple still counts; simple works well.
You don’t have to do everything for everyone all the time.
Focus on the ideas that most light you up, and see where they lead.
Structure and planning work for you; use them to your advantage.
If something feels like a struggle, hit pause. Even if it’s on your list.
You are so good at getting things done that you often let the project management portion of an idea overrule your intuition.
Create space and ritual to connect with yourself to make sure that you’re moving your best and most resonant ideas forward before you make a project plan. Incorporate moments of quiet and self-care into your plans and retain the right to shift direction as often as you need to maintain your connection.
Let it be easy; let it flow.
You’ve got big dreams for yourself and the moxie to make them happen. And they will, as long as you’re allowed to proceed in your own way! You bristle when someone tells you how you should do things and those tried-and-true formulas never seem to work for you. The only thing that does? You being you.
You’re turned on, lit up, and can make anything happen.
Your right people are instantly attracted to your energy.
You’re constantly discovering innovative ways to move forward.
No one else can do it quite like you do.
You are always on the hunt for the next big thing.
You resist other people’s advice and miss effective strategies.
You have a difficult time delegating and asking for help.
Your voice IS your vision, so it’s hard to scale.
Your drive to do it all yourself often leads to burnout.
You refuse to be boxed in and have difficulty committing.
What I want you to know:
It is possible to execute and innovate without burning yourself out. It is possible to bring in other people to help you with your vision without losing your spark. It is possible to apply strategy to your work in a way that’s effective and still retains the power of your voice. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; other people can actually help you do more to take your work deeper and farther.
Recognize the times when you need external assistance.
Hold your vision in higher regard than the need to proceed differently.
You can be unique and strategic at the same time.
Give yourself time and space to let your ideas simmer.
When in doubt, try doing the opposite of what you’re told.
The urge to handle things yourself is a strong one, and often, one person’s opinion is enough to make you run in the opposite direction. Before you do, ask yourself if there’s any merit to what they’re advising you to do. Create a group of a few trusted advisors and let them be the only people whose opinions you gather. Have strong boundaries with other people in your life, especially ones who might want you to do things their way.
I am the ultimate creator of my destiny.
Curious about the other two primary archetypes? Check them out here!
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