It’s that time of year when we take a step back, reflect, and resolve to do something to become more of our best selves in the year to come. We probably know ourselves pretty well, but learning about our Myers-Briggs personality types can help us set authentic goals unique to us.
The 16 Myers-Briggs personality types give insight into how we make decisions, get energized, stay motivated, react to conflict, learn new things, communicate with others, and behave in relationships. Every personality has plenty of gifts and virtues but also some sides that we might not be so proud of. To keep on blooming into the best version of you, here are some ideas to help get you thinking about the kind of realistic and rewarding resolution that is just right for you.
ISTJs should let others help you. Your determination and serene spirit are admirable. Although you’re incredibly self-reliant and capable, opening up to receive the support of others will help you stay even-keeled and productive. Asking for help is a sign of strength—not weakness.
INFJs should become more forgiving—of themselves. You’re conscientious, insightful, and strive for excellence in every area of your life, especially in how you serve others. Make it your mission in the new year to lower your high bar a bit and forgive yourself for not being perfect. It's time to change how you find your self-worth.
ISTPs should overcome the fear of opening up your heart. Your spontaneous energy and calm demeanor help you thrive when new adventures and challenges come your way. Yet you keep your heart close—sometimes too close. Share your unique gifts through joining an organization or volunteering your skills where you can master the art of meeting new people.
INTJs should take time to live in the moment. Since you are pretty much already prepared for anything, try to plan less and live more. Your drive and quick thinking will continue to keep you on top of things, so you can afford a little more rest and relaxation.
ISFJs should start taking more credit this year for all that you contribute. People often describe you as hardworking, trustworthy, and humble. Continue to bring out the best in others, but give yourself time to shine in the spotlight and share your successes, too!
INFPs should share more beauty with the world. Appreciative of the good in others, you are a gentle, sensitive friend and a natural peacemaker. But your introversion and self-ideals can keep you from opening up to new people and experiences. Share your loveliness with others by making new friends as an adult or rekindling your relationship with old ones.
ISFPs should stop comparing yourself to others. Charming and empathetic, you’re always attentive to those around you. However, your keen sense of others' accomplishments can cause you to get competitive and fall into comparing yourself. Use this tendency to look inward on how to improve based on you, not anyone else.
INTPs should be intentional about self-affirmation. Your mind tends to race as you analyze everything with enthusiasm, including yourself. Over analyzing can make you start second-guessing your instincts and actions. Every day, reflect with gratitude on why you’re so amazing and treat yourself to a morning affirmation—it only takes a minute!
ESTPs should slow down and chill out. You’re the one who starts the party. Perceptive, bold, and practical, you bring people together with your social graces. Keep on taking risks and loving life, but force yourself to set boundaries every now and then. You won't miss out on life just because you aren't saying "yes!" to everything.
ENFPs should learn simple methods to unload stress on the spot. You’re observant and friendly—never afraid to go outside your comfort zone. But you tend to bottle up your stress and you may overthink things. Open up about your concerns to people whom you can trust to relieve some of those mental and emotional burdens.
ESFPs should embrace stability and routines. You are exuberant, accepting, flexible, and spontaneous when it comes to trying new things. But you may adapt so quickly to other people and environments that you lose sight of your own values and goals. Appreciate the people and opportunities whose confidence and certainty you may have taken for granted. Then make a plan to foster these areas of your life instead of looking for new challenges.
ENTPs should listen to your emotions. Your quick wit and liveliness attract many to you, but it can also make it hard for you to decide on which passion to pursue. Make a daily habit of calming your mind through quiet self-reflection or spiritual meditation; then make a decision based on your intuition.
ESTJs should recognize your accomplishments. An organized leader, you are dedicated to taking the helm of the people and responsibilities in your life. Thinking ahead, you can forget all the good you’ve done. Stop every now and then to reflect on your successes, especially those over the last year.
ENFJs should intentionally plan to care for their own needs. Generous with your love and time, you’re always willing to help others—even if it puts you out. This year, schedule regular and rejuvenating self-care time on your calendar so you can continue to be at your best for everyone else.
ESFJs should make regular me-time alone. You’re a warm and loyal friend, who is beloved by many. Your giving temperament often means you put aside what you need to stay happy and healthy, and your empathetic and extroverted heart attracts others to you, so you may rarely have time alone with your thoughts. But alone time isn't antisocial, it is good for you. Resolve to consistently schedule me-time to take care of you and only you.
ENTJs should relax and just let some things happen. With lots of energy and ambition, you like to be the one in control. Often, however, you bite off more than you can chew and end up exhausted. Realize that you can’t always manage what’s happening and learn methods on how to cope with letting go. Remember, if you can't find your version of work-life balance, it may be a sign that something isn't right.