Did you know there are things that can reveal your true personality in an instant?
They’re little things that you should look out for!
These helped me get clarity about the nature of my true personality… And they can do the same for you!
Here are 6 key little things to think about.
1) How open you are to new ideas
Have you ever found yourself saying “I know what I like” when you look at a menu…
As in, you know what you want to eat without having to look at the menu.
…If you have, it suggests that you might be a little rigid in your thinking and not open to new ideas.
It’s exactly what I’m like:
I always order the same thing on the menu because I don’t overly like new ideas.
In other words, I like to stick to what I know – and what I know I like.
What does this mean for you?
Think about what you’re like when it comes to ordering food, as it’s a good indication of how open you are to new ideas!
If you find that you’re likely to order the same thing time and time again, you could challenge yourself to try something new!
You never know, it might be even better than what you usually have.
Open-mindedness is an amazing lens that makes the world appear more vibrant and filled with possibilities. If you want to be more open-minded, check out our video on 7 inspiring traits of open-minded people.
2) What your spending habits look like
Your spending habits will reveal a lot about the nature of your personality.
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of spending habits:
- People who make lists and take time to deliberate over purchases
- People who spontaneously buy and don’t think about the consequences
Now, you might be wondering what the relevance is between spending habits and personality traits but there’s a big connection.
They are a reflection of how you think.
These days, I’m like the first kind of shopper while my boyfriend is like the second.
I make lists when I need to buy things – from food to clothes – and I take a lot of time to deliberate when I come across something unexpected.
Simply put, I need to justify the purchase and think about it in relation to my budget.
And it’s how I am more widely speaking:
I’m organized and aware of my affairs, including money. I like being on top of things and feeling like I’m in control.
BUT… This isn’t the case for my boyfriend.
Just the other day, he booked an impromptu flight with friends to celebrate a birthday.
He booked it within 30 minutes of having the idea, and didn’t think about the costs that would be associated with it.
In his head, he thought it was a cheap flight so why not… Yet the costs that go along with it will total hundreds of pounds.
Simply put, he didn’t think about the consequences at the time and how it would cause him financial pressure.
The difference between us is that he’s much more spontaneous than me in all areas of life.
Just like our shopping habits, while he’s more likely to say ‘yes’ to something, I’m more likely to spend minutes, hours and even days or weeks deliberating over something.
3) How well you keep promises to yourself
A little thing that will reveal your true personality is how well you keep promises to yourself.
It indicates your level of sticking to your word…
Simply put, if you say you’re going to do something: do you do it?
Now, there definitely have been times in my life where I’ve said I’m going to do something and I haven’t done it.
Every time this happened it caused me to lose confidence in my ability to follow through with things.
So after I became consciously aware of this pattern, I made a point of following through on the things I said I want to do.
I started with little things that I knew I could achieve to build up this belief.
For example, I would say:
I’m going to send an email to someone and make sure I did it.
I then introduced bigger things, such as saying I’m going to apply for a race which I did.
So if you’re finding that you’re not keeping your promises to yourself and you feel anxious about making any promises to yourself, start small.
4) How you act under pressure
Pressure affects us all differently.
Simply put, we can all have radically different experiences to pressure.
Some of us can feel overwhelmed and shut down as a result of pressure; some of us can get visibly frustrated and angry; some of us can put our heads in the sand and not want to deal with it.
How you react to pressure will reveal what your true personality is like.
Let’s take my boyfriend as an example again.
When it comes to anything pressure-related, he finds a million things to do that aren’t the things he needs to do.
For instance, he recently had a looming deadline and instead of doing any work towards it, he busied himself with sports and social occasions.
Personally, I found it to be a baffling response because I’m the opposite.
I would say I’m the extreme opposite.
You see, if I know that I have the pressure of a deadline, I work so far ahead of the schedule to ensure I get it done and complete it to a high quality.
It’s almost as though the pressure makes me overly anxious.
Now, it’s true that this is what I’m like in different areas of my life.
It’s worth taking some time to look at how you respond to pressure to help you get an insight into your true personality.
5) How you handle disappointment
There’s a theme when it comes to getting insight into your true personality:
You can learn a lot about yourself when it comes to how you respond to things.
Along with how you respond to pressure, looking at how you handle disappointment will give you insights into your personality.
Be honest with yourself: how did you last respond to a disappointing situation?
A few years ago, I got rejected from a job that I was really excited about. At the time, I became really bitter and upset.
I went from loving what the company was about and being a fan of their work to telling people that I think the work is rubbish and I’m glad I didn’t get the job anyway.
Simply put, my ego took a bruising and I was offended.
But these days, I take a different approach to dealing with disappointment.
If I face disappointment, I find the positive in the situation and trust that there’s a reason for the sequence of events.
I’m not going to lie, it’s taken a level of training my mind to get to this point where I handle disappointment well.
It often doesn’t come naturally to us to feel happy with disappointment, BUT you can make a point to find the positives in a situation.
6) The way you walk
When was the last time you stopped to analyze how you walk?
I’ll be honest: I don’t think I ever have!
But come to think of it… It can sometimes be very erratic and quick to the point where I might as well be jogging!
Now, apparently walking fast is a sign that you’re a highly productive and logical individual.
This makes sense for me!
You see, I’m a highly efficient person who’s full-steam ahead and always in a hurry to get things done.
On the other hand, people who walk slowly are typically the opposite.
It’s also said that if you walk with your weight over your legs then, curiously, you’re more interested in your social world than your career.
Have a think about how you walk around in the world and this will help you get insight into your true personality and how other people are.