So today I decided to take the Enneagram test I’ve heard so much about. The results? Not surprising at all.
I am type 1… AKA the perfectionist.
Here are some things from the description that really resonated with me:
“People of this personality type are essentially looking to make things better; idealists who strive to make order out of omnipresent chaos. They are often driven and ambitious, and are sometimes workaholics. They are active, practical people who get things done. The relentlessness of their pursuit of the ideal can make them tense people who have a hard time relaxing and who unnecessarily deny themselves many of the harmless pleasures of life. They are natural born organizers, list makers who finish everything on the list.”
I found this quiz really fascinating and accurate. I do indeed make a to-do list every single morning(and complete it by the end of the day). Each personality type has good qualities, and things that we need to work on.
The good: I get things done. I imagine what I want my future to look like and I take the steps to make it a reality. I don’t struggle much with procrastination, and I encourage others around me to pursue their dreams as well. Deep down I believe that if I put in the work, then my goals are more than possible.
The not so good: I need to relax. I can often take myself too seriously and work long hours just to fit everything into my day. Even when I am out having fun, I may have a to-do list in the back of my mind…or the front of my mind.
In the end, I am happy with the personality type I have. I am thankful for the ways that it serves me, but I believe it is important to be aware of our weaknesses. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or want everything to be in order, I try to read this letter that I came across many years ago.
When asked “How would you have lived your life differently if you had a chance?” Nadine Stair, an 85-year-old woman, from Louisville, Kentucky, provided these poetic words as her response…
If I had my life to live over again,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances,
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
you see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour,
day after day.
Oh, I’ve had my moments.
If I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else- just moments,
one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.
I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had to live my life over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would pick more daisies.
– Nadine Stair
Have you done this personality test? What did you learn from your results?