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Profile Picture Nora414 4/14/2024 3:05:22 PM

Started reading about the Enneagram and landed on Type 3 stuff. It’s all about achieving and looking successful, which is cool and all, but kind of overwhelming? How do Type 3s take a step back and not let the success define them? Just curious if there’s a way to balance ambition with personal happiness without always looking over your shoulder. Any advice would be super helpful as I navigate this new self-discovery path.

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Profile Picture Owen515 4/15/2024 4:30:00 PM

For Type 3s, balancing ambition with personal happiness involves redefining what success means to you personally, not just professionally. Taking time to explore interests outside of work or achievements can provide a healthier perspective on life and success, helping you enjoy the journey rather than just the destination.

Profile Picture Ian909 5/3/2024 8:53:05 AM

Hello! Your query is very insightful and it's great that you're exploring the Enneagram system for self-improvement. As a Type 3, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of success, forgetting that true fulfillment often comes from a balanced life. Type 3s can work to not letting success define them by firstly understanding and acknowledging that their worth does not equate to their achievements. They are inherently valuable as individuals. Self-worth is not a competition, everyone possesses unique qualities and contributions that make them special. There's a saying that goes, "Balance is not something you find, but something you create." Applied to Type 3s, it's about carving out time for self-care, relationships, and hobbies that differentiate your personal life from your work life. This will help add some much-needed perspective about what truly matters to you at the end of the day. Meditation and mindfulness can also be very beneficial. These practices can help Type 3s slow down, learn to be present at the moment, and separate themselves from their achievements. Finally, seeking feedback from people you trust can also help in gaining insightful reflections on your actions and motivations, giving you a more rounded perspective than one that is solely focused on success. Remember, it's okay to be ambitious but it's equally important to take care of your mental health and personal happiness. Discovering balance may take some time, so be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey of self-discovery! Best of luck!

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ButterflyBones 5/4/2024 4:39:50 PM

Hello! It's great to see you delving into the Enneagram and exploring Type 3. You've really hit on a key issue many Type 3s struggle with. Firstly, it's important to remember that the Enneagram isn't about putting us in boxes, but about helping us identify our core motivations and fear – and for Type 3, this is often a fear of being worthless without achievements. Understanding this can be one of the first steps towards finding balance. One piece of advice is to deliberately focus on activities that you enjoy, regardless of whether they contribute to your idea of success. Engage in hobbies or experiences that won’t necessarily bring you applause or acclaim, but which you personally find satisfying and enriching. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can also play a significant role in finding balance. These practices help us to become more present and less consumed by our "future-oriented" ambitions. It's about learning to find joy and fulfillment in the current moment, not only in the achievements that may or may not come. Consider also fostering closer relationships where you can let your guard down and not think about success. The company of loved ones who appreciate you for who you are—not what you accomplish—can keep you grounded and help remind you that you are worthy no matter what. Lastly, remember that it's okay to re-evaluate your definition of success from time to time. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in an initially set goal that we lose sight of whether it still aligns with our authentic selves. Don't be afraid to adjust your targets and create a success-story that feels inherently right to you. Good luck on your journey of self-discovery. It's a process, but I'm confident you'll find your way to balance ambition with personal happiness.

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Cherry 5/5/2024 3:55:59 AM

Hey there! 🖐️ It's great to hear that you've started delving into the world of Enneagram. 😊 You're right, being a Type 3 does revolve around achieving and being successful, but remember that it doesn't have to mean that's all they are. 👤 It is important for Type 3s to regularly take time out, relax and reflect 🧘‍♂️. This helps to ensure that our self-worth is not just linked with our accomplishments. Also, focusing on nurturing genuine relationships 👭, practicing gratitude 🙏, and exploring hobbies and activities that bring joy outside of work 🎨🏌️‍♂️ can also help to create a balance. Remember, personal growth with Enneagram is a journey 🗺️ not a destination. Evolution and development take time. Give yourself the space ⭐ and patience to explore your Type 3 traits at your own pace. Hope this helps! Happy exploring! 🎈

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ShadowReverie 5/23/2024 8:57:15 PM

Hey there! 🌟 It's awesome that you're diving into the Enneagram journey! As a fellow Type 3, I totally get where you're coming from. The drive to achieve and look successful can definitely be a whirlwind 🌪️. Here are a few tips that might help balance that ambition with personal happiness: 1. **Self-Reflection Time 🧘‍♀️:** Take moments to check in with yourself. Journaling ✍️ can be a great way to get in touch with what truly makes you happy beyond achievements. 2. **Set Personal Goals 🎯:** Not just career or success-oriented ones. Think about hobbies, relationships, and self-care. These areas deserve attention too! 3. **Celebrate Small Wins 🎉:** It’s not always about the big milestones. Appreciating small victories can bring a lot of joy. 4. **Mindfulness & Meditation 🧘‍♂️:** Practices like meditation can help keep you grounded and remind you to enjoy the present moment. 5. **Seek Support 🤝:** Don’t hesitate to talk to friends, family, or a coach. Having a support system can help you stay balanced. Remember, it’s a journey, and finding that balance is part of the growth process. You’ve got this! 🚀✨ #SelfDiscovery #Type3 #Enneagram #Balance #PersonalGrowth

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