If you are like most people, you are engaged in many different networks.
Every day I network with various individuals -- from someone I just met, family, friends, church members, neighbors, and the list goes on and on. If you are like me, you probably do too. In fact, we are all involved in networking. Networking is simply a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.
There are many types of networks - home and family network, friends network, the work network, the social network, the church network, the neighbor network, etc., etc. Each of these networks has one thing in common - PEOPLE. As a result, each of these networks can potentially cause stress in life. Part of the reason is we interact with people from our own frame of reference and from our own personality type. But, once we learn how to interact with the people in our networks, not based on our own personality, but theirs, a lot of stress can be reduced.
Exactly what is stress? Well, it is defined as 1) physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain and 2) a mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression. From this definition we see that if stress is not dealt with, major health problems can occur.
If we lived alone on a deserted island or became a recluse, most of the mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting conditions could be eliminated, especially the physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain that comes from interacting with people. But, we know that does not happen in the real world where we live.
So, what can be done about that? Or, can anything be done at all? Well, emphatically yes! By learning the characteristics of each personality, we can 'manage' potential stressful situations and keep our stress levels much lower. You might be thinking - I tried learning personality types before and can't remember what personality goes with which of those hard to spell and pronounce names.
Well, I have good news for you. Without taking any profile tests, there is a better way you can very easily understand who you are and all the people in your various networks, whether you have just met them or have known them forever. When we understand the people in our lives we are better able to manage many of the stresses created by the personalities of these people.
There is a simple system called "Color to Success" which explains the four personality types. We all have basic personality traits that dictate who we are and affect how we relate to each other. Although there are many factors that influence these interactions, such as family background and culture, there are still dominant traits inherent in us from birth which affects our adult behavior. Knowing this simple color system helps us in all our relationships in all of our networks.
So, what are these colors? They are four basic colors --- yellow, green, blue and red. For each of these color personality types you have to respond differently. The problem is, since we usually don't know someone's "color" (and usually don't even know our own), we respond to everyone in the same manner which, of course, is a BIG mistake. That is why there are so many "stressful" relationships. But, when you learn the habits, traits and characteristics of the four personalities you can become a chameleon and respond to them according to their personality, not yours. What a great stress management tool especially when you come to know your own personality and why you are the way you are. Knowing this can help you develop your strengths and to find ways to overcome your own weaknesses that have caused stressful situations for you in the past. Isn't that liberating?
Understand this. Everyone is a rainbow of these four colors and sometimes we emphasize a specific color when we are in a situation that requires that personality trait. Nevertheless, one color is always our dominant color; the basic traits inherent in us. This is the color that represents our true personality and the traits and mannerisms that define us.
If you are in business you can use the knowledge about personalities to build better professional relationships. This knowledge can also help you improve your relationships in your home and family network, your work network and all the other networks because you will now understand why each person is so different and why they do what they do. The "Color to Success" training teaches the strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes of each personality. The training is so simple and life-changing that you can learn within a few hours how to quickly identify each personality. The "Color to Success" training, which consists of a CD and the "Powerful Networking Secrets" Ebook, was a wonderful breakthrough for me in interacting with people in my different networks. It has certainly reduced a lot of stress in my life and can do the same for you.
Click here to obtain more information on this "Color to Success" training that will help eliminate some of the stress which comes from interacting with the people in your many networks..
You have nothing to lose - except of course some of the stress in your life.
Be empowered to prosper!
Irma L. White
A Mentor with a Servant's Heart
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