Type A is short for the driven person who is usually in a rush, often coming across as aggressive and short tempered. Type A’s are ambitious, perfectionists, and in the process of getting the job done, do not think about how they come off to others. Results matter and people are secondary. There can be a trail of hurt feelings and offended people behind every Type A.
Type A’s have a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. They are better at achieving their goals, at least that is what they will tell you. However, this is not always the case. Being busy, rushing doesn’t always translate into the desired outcomes you are seeking. (Just think about the last time you rushed through something.). There is a better way to accomplish amazing goals.
Are You Type A? 5 signs you are.
1.Cannot stand waiting – for anything.
Type A’s are notorious for rushing and always feeling a time crunch. This is is also the function of being highly distracted. If waiting is torture then read on, I have a way around it!
2. Work is more important than relationships.
Having high expectations and ambitious goals, it is easy to see why Type A’s may put work before relationships. I am not saying relationships do not matter, just the opposite, they matter alot to Type A. When a Type A focuses on their relationship they can amp up the pressure destroying the spontaneity necessary to balance a healthy relationship. Work is a natural place to pursue their goals. And the reward can be huge for workaholic behavior. Until.
3. You talk over people or interrupt.
There is an innate gap in the speed of talking, listening and thinking. We talk slower than we listen (175 words to listening at 250), and we think at a top rate of 3000 words per minute. Wow. When you want to get something done, you may not feel you have the time to listen.
4. Your favorite saying, “People are stupid.”
Type A’s are not always hostile but their drive, desire to use their time wisely, impatience with anyone who does not move at their speed, along with high energy levels can definitely come across that way. Taking the time to think or process is not likely to be tolerated by Type A’s and in the rush to move on, people may get labeled.
5. You care. Alot. (It is really over -care.)
If you are stressed and anxious more often than others, it may be due to your inability to balance staying on top of everything with assuming responsibility for everyone’s job.
If you saw yourself in the above checklist, then read on to shift out of this vicious cycle.
3 Quick Ways to Transform A into Awesome
Type A’s are proud of their drive and accomplishment. I know because this is how I have moved through my life. Until. The wall. And my suggestions are not to give up on your high standards or expectations for achievement. Type A’s are amazing. My suggestions are designed to help you achieve your dreams AND enjoy life more. Start with the basics. These simple suggestions have the power to transform your day (and maybe your life.)
1. BREATHE. On purpose.
Yes, our body does this very well, except when the stress reaction is triggered. And this is part of the Type A cycle with the sense of urgency, over care and the push to do more. you want to breathe on purpose, using a count of 4.
2. Use gratitude to shift out of the survival instinct of the stress reaction.
Gratitude is an amazing experience. It is an emotion, an attitude and a coping mechanism. When you make gratitude a habit, you increase awareness and notice the good things that are happening in your life. You appreciate others and shift your focus from yourself to someone else. This by itself can be a powerful shift, especially, for a Type A, who tends toward perfectionism.
3. Move. Every 90 minutes.
Bodies are designed to move. In the workday, you may be stuck behind a computer screen and lose touch with your body and any tension that may have built up. Every 90 minutes, stand up, stretch, run or dance in place for about 90 seconds. Release the tension, clear your mind. Sip some water and resume your work. You may find you are more relaxed.
Being Type A is not the best way to get more done or be the best you can be. There is another way! I know because I have worked with thousands of people and recognize the potential that is unchecked in Type A and perfectionists. Make a decision to shift your mindset. Practice the 3 suggestions.
If you would like help, contact me and let’s get started on Type A for awesome!
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Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD, Performance Expert. Pioneer of the Resilient Mindset. Executive Coach. Having worked with hundreds of leaders, Dr. Howard has developed a model of leadership effectiveness that unleashes the authentic presence of leaders for better outcomes, consistently.
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