Positive Traits: Dedicated, loyal, trustworthy, sentimental, a guardian, reverence for history
Challenges: Stubborn, afraid of change, denial of change, procrastination, unhealthy attachments
If you are a "Planting your Feet" personality type, you resist change. You might fear the unknown of what's ahead, and when change comes into your life, you come to a standstill. Because of this, you might even feel stuck in life from time to time. For example, you might stay at your job despite being unsatisfied with your work. Or maybe you stay in the same house even though it no longer meets your needs. You may tell yourself, it's easier to stay put than go through the hassle of starting something new. However, sometimes, change is exciting and opens doors of possibility in your life. Sometimes, change is uncomfortably inevitable, and other times, it is like a breath of fresh air! The question is: How will you move with change?
You look back on your life with reverence for history and nostalgia. You have learned to appreciate life's ups and downs, and you are steadfast and loyal despite challenging circumstances. Your friends and family members might consider you a reliable, dependable person upon whom they can rely.
You might find yourself adopting coping mechanisms when change happens. You might hold on to material possessions, collecting objects from past experiences. You could tend to eat more during times of change, too. These are two ways you might try to find grounding and stability during times of rapid change.
What might help? Of the Seven Principles for Change outlined in ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change, these are ones that are best for you:
Seek support from others and connect with friends. Remember you are not alone.
Allow passion to fuel your change. Act on behalf of who or what you love.
Adopt a step-by-step strategy, focusing on one move at a time. Outline a plan, and course-correct if necessary.
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To find out more about how to incorporate the 7 Principles for Change into your life, read ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change by Sharon Weil. Now available in paperback!