Jambu’s – Year Round Self Improvement Calendar

Day 1

Get Up an hour earlier and exercise

Day 2

Write down 5 things you are grateful for

Day 3

Take a successful businessperson to lunch

Day 4

Listen to a personal-development CD instead of the radio on your way to work

Day 5

Compliment five people today

Day 6

Direct-deposit a portion of your paycheck into savings every pay period

Day 7

Buy or download a book on a topic you typically wouldn’t read about

Day 8

Tell your kids you love them

Day 9

Tell your best friends that you love them

Day 10

Start a journal

Day 11

Dance to music-preferably with someone else

Day 12

Buy a bunch of flowers for your better half

Day 13

Read something inspirational

Day 14

Practice listening more and talking less

Day 15

Call someone you need to forgive, or be forgiven by, and settle accounts

Day 16

Sing your favorite song loudly in the shower or the car

Day 17

Make a to-do list tonight so you can start right away in the morning

Day 18

Offer to run errands or help an elderly person

Day 19

Go for half-hour walk or run

Day 20

Pay for coffee or a toll for the person behind you.

Day 21

Do that task your spouse has been asking you to do

Day 22

Focus on devoting the first 90 minutes of work to your highest priority tasks

Day 23

Eat healthy all day-no slipups

Day 24

Jot down five affirmations and schedule them into your smartphone as daily reminders.

Day 25

Make a good sized donation to your favorite charity

Day 26

Ask someone what he or she thinks about an important topic and listen

Day 27

Set a goal of making five people smile today

Day 28

Skip the TV news and save yourself 30 minutes of depressing topics

Day 29

Take 15 minutes to reflect on your life

Day 30

Write down the five best things that happened for you in the last week

Day 31

Visit the archives of www.jambujoseph.com

Have A Lovely, Blessed & Prosperous New Year!!

What Shape Is Your Personality ?

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You drive a sleek sportscar; you’re a triangle. You wear plaid shirts; you’re a square. You have overstuffed furniture; you’re a circle. Pay attention, serious professional women. Contrary to first appearances, this isn’t about whether stripes or solids suit you best. This message has a bearing on your career. Susan Dellinger, a traveling seminar presenter for a Colorado management training company called CareerTrack, mentioned clothes, cars and furniture to her Joliet audience as clues to personality types. She presented a “Power Communication Skills for Women” workshop here. The geometric shapes toward which you gravitate are external signs of personality, said Dellinger. Understanding “psycho-geometrics” — your own and your co-workers’ — can help you get on in the business world, she believes.The five personality shapes are square, rectangle, circle, and squiggle. Here’s how Dellinger described their on-the-job behavior:

1. Square:Organized and a hard worker, you like structure and rules and dislike situations in which you don’t know what’s expected of you. “Tell me the deadlines and I’ll get the job done,” you say — and you deliver. You prefer working alone to teamwork. Logical, you think sequentially — A, B, C, D. You collect loads of data and file it so information is easy to locate. But you have trouble saying, “I’ve got enough information,” and making a decision.

2. Rectangle:You are a seeker and an explorer, searching for ways in which you want to grow and change. You ask: who am I? what is the world about? You are the most receptive of the five shapes to new learning. You are the only shape that’s not frozen, and you cause your co-workers confusion when you change from day to day. All people go through rectangular periods when they’re in a state of change.

3. Triangle: A leader, you are decisive and able to focus on the goal. You have confidence in yourself and in your opinions, and you don’t hesitate to tell everyone else the way the world is. You can be dogmatic and shoot from the hip. You like recognition and are delighted to tell people about your accomplishments. You can be self-centered and egotistical. You put stock in status symbols. American business has been run by triangles, and this shape is most characteristic of men.

4. Circle: You are a people person, the shape with the most empathy, perception and consideration for the feelings of others. You listen and communicate well. You read people and can spot a phony right off. You like harmony and have your greatest difficulties in dealing with conflict and making unpopular decisions. You are easily swayed by other people’s feelings and opinions. You can be an effective manager in an egalitarian workplace, but have difficulty in political environments with a strong hierarchy. If you’re a woman, even if you’re not a circle, some circle traits have been conditioned into you.

5. Squiggle: You are creative, a “what if” person who’s always thinking of new ways to do something. Your mind never stops and you do cognitive leaps — from A straight to F. You see the forest and miss the trees. You don’t like highly structured environments. You don’t tolerate the mundane well and have a short attention span. If you don’t get excitement at work, you’ll cause it elsewhere in your life.

There are pluses and minuses to all the shapes, and no one is the most desirable, Dellinger said. Nor is any person a pure shape. Most likely you find aspects of your personality in all five shapes, but one will dominate. And you probably are not the same shape today that you were a few years ago or will be a few years in the future.

The ideal charismatic leader is a blend of circle (sensitivity), triangle (leadership) and squiggle (creativity), Dellinger said. The purpose of psycho-geometrics is not just self-understanding, but better communication, she said. The most effective communicators orient their messages to the receiver’s shape. A square will want details in writing. A triangle won’t appreciate indecisiveness. You may have to remove distractions before getting a squiggle’s attention. And so on.

A group also takes on a shape; keep that in mind for presentations, she said. In handling conflict, circles tend to accommodate or compromise. Triangles tend to compete, or, if they see how they can gain, compromise. Squiggles sometimes don’t even perceive there’s an issue, but they can be competitive in defense of an idea. Avoidance is characteristic of squares because they don’t like dealing with emotion, of rectangles because they’re unsure.

Compromise has been effective in American business and politics, but the ideal style, Dellinger said, is collaboration — the group comes together not with anyone thinking of trade-offs, but of finding the best solution. She said good teamwork needs all the shapes: triangles for leadership and decisiveness, rectangles because they keep questioning, squiggles for ideas and enthusiasm, squares to get the work done and circles to keep harmony.

By Marianne GossHERALD-NEWS WRITER