You’ve heard me mention this before, it’s the one personality test that my I’m obsessed with: The Enneagram! The Enneagram assesses you as one of 9 types. Each of these types have a unique set of personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses and it is SO accurate. A friend of mine first sent me the link to take the Enneagram, which I did immediately. After that I started sharing it with everyone I knew. Even when I listened to Chelsea Handler’s podcast, she was discussing how she had just taken it and spent an hour talking about her results! Now I have taken many different personality tests for business and personal use but at the most they’ve given me some insight for a few days, maybe a week at the most. But I have found the Enneagram to be very insightful in my personal life, my business, and in my relationships.
I’m excited to share what my Enneagram is, how it has set me up for success in my career, how it has helped me grow personally and how it has helped me to analyze and understand the dynamics in our team. I also want to share how you can find out your Enneagram results and use it to change your life. You can take the Enneagram Test HERE. Make sure after you take it, you share your results in the comments below!
Upon taking the assessment, I found out that I am a Type 3: commonly called “The Achiever”. I also have a Wing of a 2. Two’s are normally referred to as “The Helper.” However, a 3 with a Wing of a 2 is sometimes referred to as “The Charmer.” And let me just tell you I loved being thought of as an achiever and a helper but didn’t love being called a charmer as much.
Type 3’s are known to be success-Oriented, pragmatic, adaptive, driven, and image-conscious. 3’s are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. Healthy 3’s know how good it feels to develop themselves and contribute their abilities to the world, and also enjoy motivating others to greater personal achievements than others thought they were capable of. Their success at doing so inspires others to invest in their own self-development. I can connect with all these traits as a 3, I am super goal-oriented, competitive and love motivating others to reach their own personal goals. I can also relate to sometimes being a workaholic. While many of my friends have fun hobbies like scrap-booking, hiking, and painting. For fun, I tend to do things like listen to marketing podcasts while on the treadmill and read business books- with a notepad and highlighter. This is not normal behavior. It is very hard for me to relax and unwind after a long day and I’m constantly thinking of all of the things I “need to do” for my business.
3’s fears and weaknesses include fear failure and worthlessness. They hold a subconscious belief that to be worthy, they must succeed, or at least be perceived as successful. 3’s can also be at risk for losing touch with or avoiding their own feelings or sometimes coming across as insensitive. Even though I’m a 3, make no mistake, I’m an introvert. I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I can be too professional or business-like and that can often come off as me being insensitive to other feelings because I am so wrapped up in the outcome. Fear of failure if also a real issue for me and many other 3’s. I am constantly thinking, what if “this” doesn’t work? Two things that have helped me push past this fear a little bit more is stopping and asking myself…” what if it does work?” And, “what is the worst thing that could happen?” And then, just like any normal type 3 would do, I literally write down a plan for what I would do if the worst thing happens. Once I can clear- or at least almost clear that fear out of my mind and then I have my worse case plan ready, I’m all set to conquer the next goal, even if it is scary.
Let me say there are no “good or bad” types. Each type has strengths and weaknesses. There are 9 different types of people according to the Enneagram, and they all have their own nicknames and titles. If you’ve ever heard of people referring to themselves as a “Type” and then a number, they are probably talking about the Enneagram. Those who know this test well can really pinpoint a person quickly just knowing what their result is! I think this can be a powerful and fun tool to use with your team.
Briefly, here are the 9 types. To ensure accuracy, I am sharing exactly as they’re described by the Enneagram Institute descriptions. For more info on these types head to enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions.
1 THE REFORMER The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
2 THE HELPER The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
3 THE ACHIEVER The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
4 THE INDIVIDUALIST The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
5 THE INVESTIGATOR The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
6 THE LOYALIST The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
7 THE ENTHUSIAST The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
8 THE CHALLENGER The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
9 THE PEACEMAKER The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
I challenge you to take test, and then take some time to reflect:
- Did any of these insights hurt my feelings?
- What opened my eyes?
- How are these traits playing out in how I treat myself?
- My Marriage?
- What is my most prominent weakness?
- What is my unique strengths that other types don’t have?
- How can I better utilize this unique skill set in my life?
Use the Enneagram Test to take a step back, look critically if you are living your best life, exemplifying your strengths, working on your weaknesses, and cultivating quality relationships. This Enneagram really does give you such a unique look into you and why you do the things you do! I couldn’t recommend it enough so hurry up and click this link, take the test and share your type with me in the comments below or in our Facebook Group.