Color Code: What’s the Point?

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The question I get asked the most in regards to my Color Code workshops is: “How is this going to help me/my team?” People often see this as just another personality assessment – taken once and forgotten weeks (or even days) later. However, if you really adopt this new way of looking at people, it can be a gamechanger in ALL aspects of your life. Allow me to explain…

At the base of this theory is the idea that there are 4 different personality types, each driven by a Core Motive. Though we may all have hints of personality traits from the other 4 colors (after all, these “blends” are what make us unique individuals), ONE color still trumps the others – it is our “home base” and where we feel most comfortable. That being said, we can then take one of 4 paths in life: 1) the Charactered Path – where we display strengths from all 4 colors, 2) the Healthy Path – where we do our primary strengths really well, 3) the Unhealthy Path – where we mostly display the unhealthy traits of our primary color, or 4) the Dysfuntional/”Sick” Path – where we mostly display the unhealthy traits of OTHER colors. So if you know someone who tested, say, “blue” in the test, but they act mostly unhealthy yellow – you have a problem. The test isn’t wrong, but the person is not living out who they truly are deep down at their core. Whether crisis or trauma has caused them to put up defenses, or a controlling parent or person of authority deeply impressioned upon this person, this person now behaves in a way that is not natural to their innate being. As a result, they likely have tattered or non-existent relationships surrounding them.

Maybe you are that person. Maybe you have tested yellow, but think that does not describe who you are at all. Or maybe you want to own up to the strengths of yellow, but think that they limitations of yellow are not who you are. The question you have to ask yourself is: have I been completely honest about who I really am? If certain stressors weren’t in your life, or a controlling force was removed, or if this trauma hadn’t happened – who would you be? If you find yourself feeling frustrated with life, or feel like things are out of balance, or feel like you can never win because life is out to get you, or if your relationships are crumbling around you – you might be that person.

The second most popular question I get asked is: “So what do you DO?” Though I can give you a bunch of jargon that sounds good, the answer is really quite simple: “I help people set goals for their lives, and I help them achieve those goals.” As your coach, I use the Color Code as a foundation so that I can know how to truly relate to YOU – your REAL, innate you – and we can begin to build your vision for the future and the action plan to get you there.

So to answer the initial question: “How is this going to help me/my team?” Together, we can find your “home base”, and by learning then how to relate to the other 3 personality types, we can begin to learn a new language – a language that will help break down barriers in communication, a language that will help heal where things are broken (internally and externally), and a language that will ultimately promote action and success.

If you are tired of spinning your wheels and getting nowhere; if you find yourself surrounded by broken, frustrating relationships; if you are done saying “one day” in response to your dreams and goals or the life that “could be” – let’s talk. Let’s begin to repair what is broken and craft an attainable vision for a better life. Life is too short for “what ifs”.







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