As we head into a new year and a new decade, no doubt you’ve started to think of New Year’s resolutions and plans.  Apparently only 8% of people keep their resolutions, with most being broken by the end of January.  Perhaps you can count yourself as one of the elusive 8% by using your Myers-Briggs type to help you make and keep your resolution this year.

You do have options of course.  It could be one big resolution or how about making 12 mini resolutions and focus on one each month.

Whatever you decide to do, using your Myers-Briggs type could help you come up with realistic and achievable resolutions.  Have a look at our light hearted guide…

ISTJ – Responsible, practical resolutions

  • Consider the wider, long-term consequences of current, practical decisions
  • Consider the effects you’re having on people not just the logic of your decisions
  • Build effective relationships by asking “How do you feel?” from time to time.

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ISTJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to take a break even when I haven’t finished all the tasks I committed to….. as soon as I’ve completed this to-do list.”

ISFJ – Practical & helpful resolutions

  • Look for the big-picture impacts of current, practical decisions
  • Assert your own needs instead of accommodating the needs of others
  • Start by asking others for their objective feedback and use as input to decision-making

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ISFJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to sometimes think of myself before others….. if that’s alright with you?”

INFJ – Insightful resolutions

  • Try to “fill in the blanks” with details when communicating with others – don’t assume they understand what you are thinking about
  • Assert your own needs instead of accommodating others
  • Consider how to make your long term vision practical in the day to day

What resolution are you likely to hear from the INFJ personalities this year?

“I resolve not to tell people that I know what they are thinking. It spooks them”

INTJ – Visionary resolutions

  • Consider practical facts and details
  • Think about the impact on people not just the logic of your decisions
  • Connect and recognise others, give them positive feedback

What resolution are you likely to hear from the INTJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to explain the ideas in my head (even though some people might be unable to appreciate them).”

ISTP – Logical, pragmatic resolutions

  • Identify the long-term consequences for others of your decisions
  • Keep track of decision timelines & deadlines
  • Recognise and connect with other people

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ISTP personality types this year?

“I resolve to express some positive emotion to those nearest and dearest to me…. But not too often, that would be weird.”

ISFP – Supporting resolutions

  • Explore the wider consequences & impacts of decisions
  • Complete work and make decisions before playtime
  • Tell others that you care about them to make sure they know

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ISFP personalities this year?

“I resolve to be less humble and remember that I have special talents (but not more special than anyone else of course).”

INFP – Thoughtful, idealistic resolutions

  • Work on finding some fun work
  • Complete current projects before jumping on to something new and shiny
  • Share your values with others instead of just assuming they know about your principles

What resolution are you likely to hear from the INFP personalities this year?

“I resolve not to be so self critical for not living up to my own standards.”

INTP – Objective analyst resolutions

  • Minimise the sarcasm
  • Be open to others ideas, look for their perspective
  • Consider the day-to-day practical impact of your long-term vision

What resolution are you likely to hear from the INTP personality types this year?

“I resolve to be less sarcastic.”

ESTP – High energy, problem solving resolutions

  • Pay attention to the wider, general consequences of your actions and decisions
  • Plan dates and events that have special meaning in your life into a calendar and celebrate them
  • Consider the impact of your actions on others before implementing your decisions. Be more patient and take time for discussion.

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ESTP personalities this year?

“I resolve to take time to consider options before I act, starting NOW!”

ESFP – Energetic, improving resolutions

  • Consider long-term consequences not just your immediate needs
  • Address complex or ambiguous situations and take the long term perspective into account, particularly with people you find challenging
  • Start by adding a priority checklist of things to get done each day, then have fun

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ESFP personalities this year?

“I resolve to work more, party less… well, at least during the week…. well, when I can…”

ENFP – Imaginative resolutions

  • Focus your attention when talking to others, multi-tasking is not effective
  • Follow through by doing the things you say you are going to do
  • Practise using the word “no”

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ENFP personalities this year?

“I resolve to make fewer than 15 New Year’s resolutions and to keep at least 2 of them.”

ENTP – Enterprising resolutions

  • Consider the impact of your ideas on others
  • Plan to celebrate dates and events that have special meaning to important people in your life
  • Be aware of overwhelming others with your challenging and stimulating style

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ENTP personalities this year?

“I resolve to not to play devil’s advocate all the time. Or do I?”

ESTJ – Disciplined resolutions

  • Work to not dominate others by being intrusive and a “know-it-all”
  • Try to look at the big picture
  • Take a more people focused approach. How are they feeling?

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ESTJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to find more tactful ways to get people to work. Have you got that? Then why are you doing that…?”

ESFJ – Contributing resolutions

  • Gather more information before jumping in
  • Have a plan for yourself. Take care of yourself before taking care of others
  • Look for the good in conflict: it isn’t always a bad thing

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ESFJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to talk less, listen more and not to be so anxious about what everyone else thinks…. If that’s okay with you?”

ENFJ – Compassionate Resolutions

  • Remember that logical decision making is as important as values
  • Consider the details when thinking about what you need to take action
  • Try not to take it personally when your enthusiastic “warmth” is not appreciated by others

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ENFJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to stop meddling in others’ lives even when I know they are making a mistake.”

ENTJ – High Energy Resolutions

  • Remember that people don’t usually like to be told what to do and they also need some information
  • Consider the specifics and details to move plans to completion
  • Remember the words yes and please

What resolution are you likely to hear from the ENTJ personalities this year?

“I resolve to be more patient – when there is a good strategic reason to do so.”

Good luck with your resolution making this year! If you would like to know more about Myers-Briggs personality preference types, please contact us here.