Learning to Accept My Personality

By Alison Lehman

Tim and I have been attending Financial Peace University and the last class we attended this past Tuesday night was about working in our strengths. Dave Ramsey talked about the importance of having a job where you enjoy and are good at what you do. If the job you have is focused on your weaknesses, you’re going to have a miserable existence.  In this lesson, Dave talked about the four different personality types: Beaver, Otter, Lion and Golden Retriever.

I don’t have to take a personality test to know where I am dominant. However, I did take a test a couple of nights ago just for the sake of curiosity.  Although I am a mixture of all four temperaments, I am a dominant Golden Retriever/ Beaver. For those of you who have never done personality testing, these terms mean  amiable and analytical. To be honest,  there are days when I am not thrilled with my personality type. There are times I wish I were either an Otter instead, so I can mingle more easily at parties, or a Choleric so I can be stronger when I need to stand up for myself. I did some Googling and came across someone’s version of a “Golden Retriever” personality. As I read it I wondered how in the world they knew so much about me! I am a combination of temperaments, depending on the week of the month (no kidding),but what I read kind of made me realize that I need to stop fighting against who I am.

I think the number one thing I struggle with is dwelling on negative things, concerning myself or others. I have to fight really hard to turn my thoughts around and sometimes I just don’t have the energy. Long gray winters really don’t help.  So, in knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are, I can work with my temperament more effectively. Because of my tendency towards depression, I need to remain active, I need to get out in the sun as much as possible, keep grounded in who I am in Christ, and keep my blood sugar up with good nutrition. I do have some control. There are many positive traits of golden retrievers and beavers but I don’t focus on those like I should.

When I get to thinking that I don’t quite cut it, or that my personality type is the wrong kind, I go to Romans 12:4 “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” (NLT)

Each of us needs all the others. We need each other! God made each of us unique and He made us the way we are to accomplish what He has set us out to do. If I can figure out my strengths and weaknesses and work within them, I’m all set. One main thing for a golden retriever is to try not to meditate on negative things. A goal for me is to turn my thoughts to prayer when I’m thinking this way. Then I benefit from turning my thoughts to positive things and others benefit from prayer on their behalf. A win-win situation.

Here is a simple personality test to get you started in the right direction. Once you find out where you fit, you can figure out how to best work in your strengths. http://ortegatv.com/Documents/Personality%20check%20list.pdf

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