Growing Up Revolutionary
I think we all feel misunderstood at times. My path is not your path and I see things differently than you. We are both unique and have unique strengths.
I recently took the CultureTalk survey and found out what my top archetypal narratives and approaches are. Turns out I'm a Revolutionary and now I look back I can see that this Revolutionary has been on a journey.
I love change. I enjoy clearing out the old and bringing in the new and happily move countries with less possessions than most families would take on a camping holiday. When my partner and I moved in together I encouraged - well maybe a little more than encouraged - him to do a big clear out. I'm driven by the Revolutionary archetype and we are always blowing things up and starting over. One downside is that I wish we had kept the Christmas decorations.
Growing up Revolutionary has been a tough journey for me. The first stage that I can see I went through in my 20's was being opinionated about how to do things faster, better and quicker. It was frustrating and I'm sure I was a real headache to work with at times. This was my operating model and can still be a default when I'm facing a deadline. Its even more challenging as I'm a verbal processor and like to discuss ideas to get my thinking in order, so I learnt to ask questions and then learnt to ask questions that weren't my opinions in disguise.
In the second stage of growing up revolutionary I started to pick my battles and stopped banging my head against brick walls. I realised that my opinion was more valuable when it was asked for than when I imposed it and that ultimately people make their own choices and that's not just OK its actually very freeing. I was more effective in helping people because I stopped pushing so hard and learned some acceptance. I also got more curious and began to see the value in getting a complete and full picture before launching myself, or someone else, into change.
The third stage of growing up Revolutionary is now. My survey results show that I have developed a few other supporting characters to my Revolutionary along the way because unlike in my 20's its not all about blowing things up. My survey showed that my supporting archetypes are Lover, Magician, Jester and Creator which represent building strong connections, transformation & vision, happiness and new beginnings. I'm working as a consultant specialising in Change Management so now I can bring these archetypes to my work more consciously to make fundamental changes that bring about positive results.
As I'm working on being able to bring CultureTalk to Australia I'll continue to share my learning with you as I journey and they ways I'm seeing archetypes show up in myself and my work.
Hopefully next time I'll get brave and tell you which archetype fell asleep on my journey and what I think I'll get out of waking them up again.