The Treasure Trove Within
Conscious Communication: bringing communication up from "auto-pilot" and reactive, to thoughtful, responsive, and above all, intentional.
In using your natural resources (The Treasure Trove Within) to further yourself in life, it’s imperative to your success that you're looking in the right treasure chest. Using someone else’s natural resources won’t work. This is why I use the Enneagram as an initial assessment tool in my coaching programs. Accurately assessing your type on the Enneagram (the lens through which we see the world around us, take in, and sort stimuli) is very powerful. The consequences of being mis-typed by yourself or anyone else are at the least time-wasters, and potentially self-defeating.
When accurately assessed, knowing our typology opens doors. We know what natural resources we have to work with, we know our motivations, drivers, stumbling blocks, and most of all, we have the ability to raise unconscious compulsions to consciousness. Once there, we can take back our power.
Knowing your type gives you a clear path - your clear path – to growth and development, rather than following some self-proclaimed expert's path. It also illuminates our individual linguistics, or how we communicate with ourselves and each other. This can change our relationships on a level that is genuinely mind-blowing.
For those of you not familiar with it, the basic structure of this model is pretty straightforward. Imagine you and eight friends are sitting around a circle by the beach. Each of you has a slightly different perspective, a different viewpoint, and likewise different blindspots as well. Our perspective becomes our own version of "reality," and we interpret everything through that point of view. Give each of these positions a number like a clock face, and you have a pretty good image of the model.
Why is accurate typing so difficult? There are many reasons, but the one common element that I've seen time and time again is candidly a lack of real depth. Character traits can look identical on the surface, but be driven by very different motivations underneath. The difference between being a nurturing, giving, helpful person because it’s how you were brought up to be, and doing it because of an internal need is the difference between completely different types.
So how can you increase the accuracy of your assessment, and get Optimized Results from knowing your type? There are three very important things to keep in mind while doing any Enneagram assessment.
1. Everyone Reflects Every Type
2. Age and Experience – Think of yourself as you
were at age 25 or younger.
3. Motivation not Behavior – Don’t focus on what
you do. Focus on why you do it.
There are many Enneagram Assessments on the Web
for mine), but please don’t rush the judgment.
If it doesn't fit you, an inaccurate assessment can do more harm
than good. My
page may help
with some questions if you get stuck, and if you're still confused, please
contact me. You having access to your own Treasure Trove will
catapult you forward in life, and helping you do that is my mission.
Inclusive Language, part II
Our different worldviews and perspectives drive having different language
styles as well. The language styles reflect how we organize our
motivations and drivers. What is important to each of us is
slightly different, and those differences get in the way of our being
able to communicate effectively with one another.
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