How to Keep Your Type-A Personality from Getting the Best of You and Your Business

I will admit that I have a Type-A personality. Am I competitive? Yes. Impatient and time oriented? You better believe it! Do I strive for perfection? Definitely. 

While my type-a go-getter personality has really served me throughout the years, it has definitely done its fair share of damage. It’s important to find a balance between your type-a characteristics and business so you don’t self-sabotage. Read on for a few tips on how to keep your type-a personality from getting the best of you and your business.

1. Celebrate Your Success

Celebrate those #wins. You deserve to celebrate all of your hard work! According to Elizabeth Scott, MS, in her article on Very Well Mind, a Type-A person “tend(s) to get their feelings of self-worth from what they achieve.” For Type-A personalities, it is easy to lose sight of all that you have accomplished and instead ask, “What’s next?” or “What now?” Sit with your achievements for a time before attempting your next conquest. It’s okay to celebrate, take a breath, and feel good for all that you have accomplished.

2. It’s Okay to Say “No”

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This one literally makes me cringe. For some people, saying “no” is as easy as saying “yes.” For us Type-A people, however, saying “no” can sometimes be physically painful! While it’s not easy to say no, it is incredibly important that you begin to invite the word back into your vocabulary. You cannot be all things and do all things for everyone. Be honest with yourself and make sure your intentions are known when working with clients. You can still be really great at your job, in fact you might be even better, if you learn that you don’t have to say yes to everything that comes your way. If you make time for everything, you’ll likely spread yourself too thin and no one client or project will get all of the attention it truly deserves. Be gracious when saying no, but don’t feel guilty either! I repeat, you are not a superhero. You do not have to do it all.

3. You’ll Burnout and That’s Okay

I burnout often. I used to make myself feel guilty for burning out or taking time off from work and responsibilities. I found this put me in a horrible cycle where I would burnout over and over again. Over time, I found that if I met the burnout head on, took care of it and took the necessary time off that I needed, the cycle slowly became less frequent and I found I started allowing myself to truly relax when I did take time off. If you take the time to take care of yourself and truly allow yourself to fully relax when you can, you’ll reap the benefits in your work life and your personal life. It is okay to feel overwhelmed. We’ve all been there. If you want to get ahead of the burnout, I suggest reading my article “The Inevitable Burnout.”

4. Verbalize Your Wins

For individuals with Type-A Personalities, it’s not easy to recognize our wins. I have been working with a health and fitness coach for 3 months and it is still difficult for me to list three wins I have achieved at the end of the week – even though I have achieved a lot! Take time to verbalize your wins. The more you give yourself credit out loud, the more those wins will become habits and a natural part of daily life. Taking time to acknowledge your hard work will give you the encouragement to continue working hard, day in and day out. It also feels really good to acknowledge when you did really well!

5. Find an Outlet

An outlet is extremely important for your overall mental health and well-being. An outlet can also increase your productivity at work. I like to workout or get moving at least once a day. I find that if I’m active, in some capacity, at least once a day I tend to get more work done and feel better about the work I am doing. Being able to release work stress is very important and should be taken just as seriously as getting your work done. Reducing your stress at work by utilizing any number of outlets will serve you in the long run! I like this article for tips on how to deal with stress at work.  

I hope these tips were helpful and will serve you and your Type-A personality. Having a Type-A personality is honestly a beautiful thing. We strive for perfection and get things done quickly and efficiently. We also need to make sure, however, that our Type-A personality doesn’t get the best of us and lead us down a road of breakdowns and self-sabotaging behaviors. Are you Type-A? What do you do to keep yourself in check? Let me know in the comments! 

Cheers! 

Caitlin 

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