Now that 2022 has arrived, do you feel like you need a fresh start? Maybe you’ve secretly been holding onto an unrealized dream and now seems like the perfect time to get started? Or maybe you are wanting to make some changes, but just don’t know where to start.
Recently on Instagram, I asked our community what their goals were for 2022. These lists were compiled based on all of your answers. They contain specific and actionable goals, but also more aspirational intentions. You can read more about the difference between goals and intentions in our most recent post.
If you’re still looking for a few ideas for good goals, based on the growth you want to achieve for your Enneagram Type, take a look at these lists. Let’s get started!
Type 1: The Idealist
One of the common struggles for Type 1s is trying to be perfect. Because Type 1s are concerned with being good and doing the right thing, this can spill over to all areas of their life. Although striving for greatness is a good thing, it can turn into a bad habit when it leads to constant perfectionism. Perfectionism can lead to burnout, procrastination and anxiety. So, embracing an intention of progress over perfection is a path of growth for Type 1s.
Type 2: The Giver
Type 2s tend to prioritize the needs of others. They are giving and generous, which are such beautiful traits. However, Type 2s can struggle when they start to completely ignore their own needs because they are so focused on meeting other’s needs. If you are a Type 2 who struggles with this, this year set the intention of prioritizing you own joy.
Type 3: The Performer
Type 3s are performers and achievers. They set a goal, then go out and meet and even exceed that goal. Type 3s don’t usually struggle with goal setting and achieving. But, they do sometimes burn out because they don’t take the time to rest and relax, too. So, if you are a Type 3, consider setting an intention to preemptively rest, before burnout or exhaustion sets in.
Type 4: The Romantic
A great goal for Type 4s is the daily expression of gratitude. Type 4s often search for what they are missing. They idealize some future event or ideal of who they will become. But, gratitude can help to ground them in the present moment and remind them they aren’t missing anything, that their life is already good, just as it is.
Type 5: The Observer
Type 5s are known as the Observers, which means they tend to observe, rather than actively engage in life. They also often retreat into their own private world. I love that someone said that their goal for 2022 was to prioritize connection with others. Although some types easily create connections with others, it doesn’t always come easy to Type 5s, so this is such a powerful intention for them.
Type 6s: The Supporter
Type 6s often find lots of ways to say No to new opportunities because they talk themselves out of it. Type 6s easily delve into worst case scenario thinking, so they can come up with many reasons and concerns about new opportunities . But, Type 6s can miss out on so much joy and growth when they are afraid to say Yes to new things. As a 6 myself, I’m trying to embody this mantra in my life this year.
Type 7: The Adventurer
Type 7s seek to avoid pain and suffering. It’s their core motivation, however, there is value in acknowledging pain, Being able to acknowledge pain is the first step in healing and recovering from painful experiences. When we ignore or numb difficult feelings, they are likely to reappear later and maybe even grown stronger. Although it’s difficult for many, acknowledging these overwhelming feelings can help us to get the support and connection needed to move forward in a positive way.
Type 8: The Protector
Type 8s can benefit greatly from being vulnerable with their people. It’s hard for 8s to open up, but doing so can lead to strengthening their relationships. It can also lead to Type 8s living their most authentic life and working through their emotions.
Type 9: The Mediator
Finally, Type 9s don’t always use their voice. In other to keep the peace, they tend to keep their opinions to themselves. But, even if it prevents confrontation, not speaking up or believing their voice matters leads to a lack of self-worth and confidence. In order to combat this, Type 9s can practice using their voice more often. Start by using it for small matters, such as what restaurant to go to instead of always saying “you choose”. Practicing on small, insignificant matters will make it easier when the time comes to speak up on big things!
If you still need some ideas on what goals to set, consider theses ideas for each Enneagram Type:
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