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The Best New Year’s Resolutions for Each Myers-Briggs Type

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Melissa, MBTI Marketing Manager
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With only 10 days left in the year, you’ve probably begun thinking of New Year’s resolutions (in between spending time with family, finishing work projects or studying for finals, gift-hunting and holiday stress). But did you know that only 8% of people keep their resolutions? And 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February? What if you used your Myers-Briggs type to help you make and keep your resolution this year?

Knowing your Myers-Briggs type can help you make better resolutions and achieve your goals. It can also help you deal with stress, have better relationships, understand your motivations, be happier in your career, and more.

Your MBTI personality type gives you a self-awareness tool to trim that baggy, all-encompassing resolution into a trim, sleek resolution tailored just for your strengths.

Maybe instead of one resolution, you should make 12 mini resolutions and focus on one each month. Or if you want to resolve to be happier this year, and need to start your own Happiness Project. Perhaps you just need a reset instead of a resolution.

Whatever you decide to do, read about your Myers-Briggs type below to find a few suggestions on resolutions that will help you grow personally (and professionally) and maybe even identify a blind-spot or two in the process that will make you happier in the long run (fair warning - slight sarcasm ahead):


ISTJ – Conscientious Resolutions

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

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

 
ISFJ – Wholesome Resolutions

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

“I resolve to sometimes put my own needs before those of others….. if that’s alright with you?”

 
INFJ – Insightful Resolutions

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

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

 
INTJ – Big-picture Resolutions

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

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

 
ISTP – Carefully-thought-out Resolutions

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 mushy.”

 
ISFP – Quietly-caring Resolutions

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

“I resolve to toot my own horn more and remember that I have special talents (but not more special than anyone else of course).”

 
INFP – Idealistic Resolutions

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

"I resolve not to be so hard on myself for not living up to my own values."

INTP – Bah Humbug Resolutions

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

“I resolve to let people know what I am thinking at least once a year…without sarcasm.”

ESTP – Leap-in-headfirst Resolutions

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

“I resolve to thoroughly think things through before I act, starting NOW!”

ESFP – Hip & Ready Resolutions

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

“I resolve to party less… well at least during the week…. Well maybe just on Mondays.”

ENFP – Optimistic Resolutions

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 – Last Minute Resolutions

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 – Stern Resolutions

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 my plan. Have you got that? Then why haven’t you started working on the plan yet…?”

 
ESFJ – Self-care Resolutions

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

“I resolve to chat less, listen more and not to be so worried about what others will think…. If that’s, okay with you?”

 
ENFJ – Benevolent Resolutions

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

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

ENTJ – Jet-propelled Resolutions

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

“I resolve to suffer fools with patience – when there is a good strategic reason to do so.”

 

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