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Navigating Life as an Enneagram 7


I really like studying concerning the enneagram and utilizing it as a technique to stretch and problem myself.

The largest 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.

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The Enneagram Seven is outlined by an adventurous spirit. We’re excitable with a love for studying and a want to expertise something and all the things. I attribute an enormous a part of my success in life to a naturally optimistic mindset.

I’ve at all times believed I may do issues which are above my stage 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!

Typically when individuals who know me first discover out I’m a seven, they don’t consider me. They at all times 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 doable to be very productive as an enneagram seven, with just a few hacks and a robust help 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 venture to venture, by no means ending something. I’ve have at all times struggled with ending tasks as a result of my consideration span could be very brief.

One other frequent wrestle of the Enneagram Seven is the necessity to keep away from ache. This comes out in apparent methods (like laying aside a dentist appointment), but it surely goes a lot deeper than that. Considered one of my greatest hurdles is the purpose in each venture the place I understand I’m not nearly as good at it as I imagined.

Like I stated above, I could be fairly delusional about my skills, which generally is a HUGE power. 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 at all times knew I may create an excellent app, and that perception helped me to get began.

Inevitably, some extent is available in each venture the place I understand I’m method over my head and that undoubtedly occurred whereas making our first app, and with each different formidable venture I’ve ever began.

Considered one of my greatest “hacks” for getting by means of that is anticipating the second I need to give up and deciding prematurely 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 help system to know when and the way that will help you.

My help system is aware of I tend towards making an attempt 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 power myself to push by means of on main tasks and commitments, I don’t stay 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 have to strive all the things 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 checklist. Accepting my weaknesses and never giving them an excessive amount of energy is useful.

Whereas I feel it’s good to seek out little methods to guard myself from my unhelpful instincts, I feel there’s much more worth in nurturing my strengths. One of many issues I really like concerning the enneagram is that it helped me understand my distinctive skills, aka superpowers.

As soon as I spotted my distinctive strengths, I started placing extra of my very own power and sources into constructing them up. Over the previous few years, I’ve turned our dwelling into an area that’s made for creating and studying. I needed to stay my life in a inventive surroundings the place I at all times have what I have to create one thing magical.

As an alternative of feeling responsible for all of the tasks I begin and don’t end, I give myself permission to skip round and spend my inventive time working from my enthusiasm. It has turned out to be an exquisite surroundings for elevating little youngsters.

Some days we bake, and a few days we paint and make collages. We at all times have a puzzle going. We at all times have a half-read guide. We at all times have three (or extra) tasks on our to-do checklist. I feel it’s a ravishing technique to stay life.

It makes me excited for the years forward of me as a result of the most important aim I’ve for getting 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 prefer to study 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




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