We come into contact with thousands of people throughout our lives. Some who’s presence we enjoy, while others we find unpleasant, some stay for years, while others are for only a season. It’s truly a joy when we do find those individuals out there with whom we connect and can journey through at least a little of our lives together. Lately I’ve come across a lot of people calling these individuals their tribe, and I like that sound of that. Regardless of what you call it, here are the seven types of people you want in your life.
This is the person you can go to when you feel mixed up or upside down. They provide a nonjudgmental listening ear for you to use a sounding board. They allow you to explore your thoughts and feeling as you speak without trying to fix your problems or dictate your actions.
The optimist always finds the bright side with their positive outlook on life. They see the best in other people and can remind you of your good qualities when you forget them. They are encouraging when you try new things because they think of all the varying opportunities and good outcomes possible.
A sage is someone known for their wisdom, experience, and good judgement. They are thoughtful and well-spoken and can share their insight with you in times of confusion. They make an ideal outside perspective when you’re in the thick of a dilemma or other troubling situation.
4. Accountability Partner
An accountability partner helps you keep a commitment. They are honest and can dole out the tough love when necessary. When you share your goals with an accountability partner, they will see you through to success by encouraging you to stay on track.
This is the person you can hang out with and you are guaranteed to have a great time. You know that you always laugh the hardest and act the silliest with this person. They put you at ease so you’re comfortable letting loose and enjoying yourself to the fullest.
6. Role Model
There are all sorts of different role models for different parts of your life. This is someone to learn from whom exhibits traits you want to develop in your own life. You could even ask them to be your mentor so they can guide you in a more intentional setting.
An ally is someone you have united with. They join you for a time in your life journey and support you along the way. They are the one you know you can call late at night or show up on their doorstep when you’re going through a hard time.
You may not have all of these types of people in your life all at the same time. Or, sometimes more than one of these roles is filled by a single person. While many of these types of people will become your friends, that is not always the case. A romantic partner, parent, coworker, leader, or boss may also be the person to fill a certain role in your life.
The important thing to remember is to appreciate these people as they come and go throughout your life. Do not take them for granted or abuse the support they are providing you. And don’t forget to give back as well. Reflect on which type of person you are best suited to and be present in that way for others also.
What types of people do you have in your life now? Which type describes you best?