I remember feeling like I was “too much” when I look back on my childhood. I loved the carefree, unstructured days of summer where I could roam free all day with my neighborhood friends to do whatever we wanted. (We grew up in the mountains in the 80’s so times were a little different then.) Over time, I started repressing some of those feelings so I could feel more accepted by my parents who did not necessarily appreciate my loud and enthusiastic way of approaching life. What HAS remained with me is a love for freedom, a belief that there are many shades of grey versus either/or situations, and a love of variety and competition. The action values do rank highly for me. So let’s explore life through the lens of Action…
The 12 values associated with Action are: freedom, flexibility, spontaneity, action, opportunity, excitement, attention, stimulation, competition, winning, fun and image.
Don’t these values sound fun and exciting? Someone who values Action prefers life in the fast lane – just get straight to the point. With that being said, I shall move on.
When you are communicating with an Action, plug into your enthusiasm, fun and excitement. Actions love being in the center spotlight, so make the conversation about them and look for things you can compliment them on – especially when it comes to their appearance because that matters! (Genuine compliments of course.)
You will bore an Action if you go into too many details. Make it quick, to the point and make sure to emphasize any opportunities they may benefit from in whatever conversation you are having. And never worry about throwing out a last-minute change in plans – Actions love spontaneity and will more than likely be ready to go before you finish your thought!
Respecting the Code
When an Action’s values are respected, they feel seen and heard – in other words, they feel understood and can connect to you. I believe one of the most challenging places for someone who is high in Action is in the typical school classroom.
I have a friend who is an elementary school Principal and she had a theory that the kids who would identify as Action first, according to their BANKCODE** were the ones who continually ended up in her office for disciplinary action. So we went in to her school and tested the theory.
First, we assessed all of the kids and had them determine their BANKCODES. Then we gave the teachers the advanced assessment to get a little deeper insight into their codes. Additionally, we trained the teachers about the different codes and gave real-world applications and examples in the classroom for how each of the codes could show up.
The results were fascinating. It turned out that indeed, the Principal was correct: the kids that identified themselves as Action first, typically were sent to her office for disciplinary actions. Furthermore, not one single teacher in that school assessed with Action as their first OR second code – typically it was last, meaning they could be turned off by the Action value-set. Ultimately, just by looking at the codes, we were able to predict which students ended up more often in the Principal’s office.
This is an example of how important it is to learn about these different codes and how they show up – especially for our children. When they can feel seen and heard and respected for who they are – they will grow up more confident and feeling their self-worth rather than feeling like something is wrong with them. This really gets to the heart of what I do.
Take a moment here and consider – what about the Action code resonates for you? Where do you find resistance? How can you better support the Actions in your own life?
(**Credits given to Cheri Tree, founder of the BANKCODE methodology. More information can be found at https://crackmycode.com/contribute)