Do you know someone with a pushy or opinionated personality? What do you do when one of these come at you full steam ahead? Do you brace yourself knowing they will not stop until they push you over? Or do you understand and help guide the communication into a mutual benefit? Would knowing how help you?
We all have personality, they say even pets and animals have personality. I believe it! We can’t go to the grocery store or the bank or work without seeing them. They live all around us truth be told we are all a blend of all four of the personalities I spoke about in yesterday’s post. Did you take the DISC #personality test? If not, take a few minutes and find out what blend you are by clicking on this link. Today, we are going to take a brief look at the first personality style in the line up, which is the D in the D.I.S.C. I want you to know that I’m not putting anyone in a box or pigeon holing them. 80% of the population is dominant in two of the four styles, with another 15% being dominant in three of the four and the last five percent are a level blend of all four styles. Your personality may be a level one and in control, but you still have to deal with other people who are not that in control, nor do they have the Word of God to guide them. Learning about these will surely help you know yourself better, but more importantly it will also help you when it comes to dealing with others and in relationships.
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5
Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s after you think you know it all that the learning really begins.” This phrase can be applied to our lives in so many ways.
Just as our bodies can be measured, categorized, studied and understood, so too can our soul-lives. What makes us unique and special is not what we have in our physical bodies or minds, it’s what we do with those tools. Everyone is given the same measure of faith, the same physical structure in the body and the same soul. The uniqueness comes in with how we individually decide to stand for God, walk in love and operate our abilities. It’s up to us.
What does DISC stand for?
D: stands for Dominant,
I: stands for Inspiring,
S: stands for Supportive,
C: stands for Cautious.
First, I will give you a description of the style. Then we will talk about someone in the Bible who was a High D personality. In that train of thought, how would a high D personality deal with life and circumstances?
Here are some quick tips that describe a High D personality. Keep in mind we are each a blend so some of these words may or may not refer to you.
D stands for Dominant
- Varied Activities
- Difficult Assignments
- Opportunity for advancement
Responds best to a leader who:
- Provides direct answers
- Sticks to business
- Stresses goals
- Allows freedom for personal accomplishment
Needs to Learn that:
- People are important
- Relaxation is not a crime
- Some controls are necessary
- Everyone has a boss
- Verbalizing conclusions helps others understand them better.” (This information was provided by Personality Profiles LLC)
D personalities are driven by the bottom line. They are outgoing and task oriented and there are only 10% of the population who are high D personalities. Thank GOD! D personalities want to be the boss. If there is no one around who is in charge they automatically decide they are the one. D’s are highly competitive and love a good challenge. D personalities prefer to do active marketing, evangelizing and “shake the bushes”. Who in the Bible does this remind you of? When Jesus recruited his apostles, you’ll notice after you learn these, that he recruited an even blend of personalities to his group. IF they had all been high D personalities, the Word of God would have never survived long term! D personalities would rather wear out then rust. They are constantly asking “What’s next.” and they get bored very easily. They are goal oriented. These are the people who are always thinking of new ideas and ways to improve the world around them. They like to push the envelope, push your buttons and keep on pushing forward. See the YouTube link of a commercial I find especially “D-ish”.
The D personality works hard and plays hard. They are compulsive doers and don’t understand relaxation. If you have a high D personality in your life, they may inspire you at times, but they may drive you crazy at others. Bear with these people. They are learning right along with everyone else. No single personality is better or worse than any other. We all have to learn to get along and try to help God further his goals. Yes, I did say that. God is goal-oriented. What was His goal in giving us all the different personality styles? There must have been a reason.
“For our comely (elegant or beautiful) parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked (in that same elegance and beauty): That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” 1 Corinthians 12:24-25
We are here to help each other along. That’s why fellowship with like-minded believer is so vital to our growth and walk. They believe the same about God and His Word, but they might have a different personality, perspective and understanding than you.
A “D” personality believes they are always right. You have to prove them wrong on paper with legal backing to convince them otherwise. Look at how much it took God to convince this person to change their opinion.
“And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” Acts 9-1-5
Jesus Christ himself had to appear and witness to Saul. Saul was “kicking against the pricks” as Jesus put it. He was sure he was doing the right thing, but getting it all wrong. Did God need that D personality in Saul? Yes, but He also had to direct it and give Saul a new motivation a new reason. D personalities are the ones who will get an incredible amount of work done on any given task. They are amazing when they put their nose down. Look at this record of Saul who later God renamed Paul.
“But when divers (people) were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.” Acts 19:9-10
Paul saw they didn’t want the Word and he moved on. He went and “disputed daily” then continued and in two years time all of Asia heard the Word. WOW! That task has never been duplicated. Was Paul a high D personality? I’d say so. But he was also a blend, just like the rest of us. Knowing some the personalities isn’t going to give you a big edge. It helps but never more than knowing God and His Word. It won’t give you the right word to say at the right time, only God can do that. But it will help you to understand things about other people and yourself that you may have never realized before. Go to God today and ask Him about your personality. Ask Him what He’d do if He were you to bless your personality. Trust me when I say, you’ll never go wrong asking Him.
God bless you today and I’ll see you tomorrow as we talk more about the I for inspiring personalities.