I like studying concerning the enneagram and utilizing it as a strategy to stretch and problem myself.
The most important optimistic change studying about my enneagram quantity made (for me) was figuring out my struggles and pitfalls, and creating my very own hacks to keep away from and overcome them.
The Enneagram Seven is outlined by an adventurous spirit. We’re excitable with a love for studying and a need to expertise something and every part. I attribute an enormous a part of my success in life to a naturally optimistic mindset.
I’ve all the time believed I might do issues which are above my degree of expertise, training, born abilities, and so forth. Enneagram Sevens can have the present of confidence in each ourselves and people round us. We’re believers and dreamers!
Generally when individuals who know me first discover out I’m a seven, they don’t consider me. They all the time say the identical factor—that I can’t be a seven as a result of I’m too productive. However they’ll’t see the immense graveyard of forgotten tasks behind me!
It’s nonetheless potential to be very productive as an enneagram seven, with a couple of hacks and a powerful assist system.
The downsides of life as a seven are that every day feels too full of latest concepts and tasks. So as a substitute of indulging in a continued obsession, it’s straightforward for us sevens to leap from mission to mission, by no means ending something. I’ve have all the time struggled with ending tasks as a result of my consideration span may be very brief.
One other frequent battle of the Enneagram Seven is the necessity to keep away from ache. This comes out in apparent methods (like pushing aside a dentist appointment), but it surely goes a lot deeper than that. Considered one of my greatest hurdles is the purpose in each mission the place I notice I’m not pretty much as good at it as I imagined.
Like I mentioned above, I may be fairly delusional about my skills, which could be a HUGE energy. For instance, once I first had the concept to create an app. Most individuals have an app thought of their lives, however most individuals don’t pursue it. Being a seven, I all the time knew I might create a terrific app, and that perception helped me to get began.
Inevitably, some extent is available in each mission the place I notice I’m approach over my head and that positively occurred whereas making our first app, and with each different formidable mission I’ve ever began.
Considered one of my greatest “hacks” for getting by means of that is anticipating the second I wish to give up and deciding upfront that I’ll push past when that second arrives. My sister and my husband (my extra sensible “wives”) assist me as effectively. It’s so useful on your assist system to know when and the way that will help you.
My assist system is aware of I tend towards attempting to give up when the going will get powerful, and so they assist me push by means of it. It occurs each time.
Although I pressure myself to push by means of on main tasks and commitments, I don’t reside by these strict requirements within the small methods. In on a regular basis life, I settle for myself because the seven I’m and I let myself be distracted and begin too many tasks.
I indulge my must strive every part and I don’t beat myself up for all the various tasks that take too lengthy or sit unfinished. I consider that so long as I’m specializing in the large wins in my profession it’s OK that I by no means end my weekend to-do record. Accepting my weaknesses and never giving them an excessive amount of energy is useful.
Whereas I believe it’s good to search out little methods to guard myself from my unhelpful instincts, I believe there may be much more worth in nurturing my strengths. One of many issues I like concerning the enneagram is that it helped me notice my distinctive skills, aka superpowers.
As soon as I spotted my distinctive strengths, I started placing extra of my very own power and assets into constructing them up. Over the previous few years, I’ve turned our residence into an area that’s made for creating and studying. I wished to reside my life in a artistic atmosphere the place I all the time have what I must create one thing magical.
As a substitute of feeling responsible for all of the tasks I begin and don’t end, I give myself permission to skip round and spend my artistic time working from my enthusiasm. It has turned out to be a beautiful atmosphere for elevating little children.
Some days we bake, and a few days we paint and make collages. We all the time have a puzzle going. We all the time have a half-read e book. We all the time have three (or extra) tasks on our to-do record. I believe it’s a fantastic strategy to reside life.
It makes me excited for the years forward of me as a result of the largest purpose I’ve for growing old is to by no means cease studying and by no means cease making.
I hope this has been useful. If you happen to’d wish to be taught extra about all 9 enneagram varieties, I like to recommend our podcast episode, Enneagram 101.
Cheers to residing life with enthusiasm and half-finished tasks! Elsie