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I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars. I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over
~ Warren Buffett

Low hanging fruit is a term referring to something that can be gained with very little effort. Here are the low-hanging fruits for each enneatype, things each type can easily see and can be accomplished in small increments that can lead to a big transformation.

Low Hanging fruit for Ones
Letting go of the somatic sense of having to be in-control of yourself – and whatever else is possible – at all times; how about being in control at some times, the times that matter?

Low Hanging fruit for Twos
Letting go of the emotion response that if something goes awry, it is somehow your fault; you may have a piece of responsibility in what occurs, but rarely is something ever one person’s sole responsibility.

Low Hanging fruit for Threes
Letting go of the idea that you are only as good as your last performance; not everything is a performance and your goodness actually derives from something more intrinsic to you. Find out slowly what this is!

Low Hanging fruit for Fours
Letting go of the idea that you have to compare yourself to others to diagnose what is missing in you; what if nothing is actually missing and that the reason you can’t figure out what is wrong is because nothing really is?

Low Hanging fruit for Fives
Letting go of the emotional, somatic and conceptual idea that if you give something away, you will feel depleted; perhaps you can give away some things that either you don’t need to hold on to or that will generate something from the other person that enriches you.

Low Hanging fruit for Sixes
Letting go of the idea that you don’t know what to do at times when you really do know exactly what to do; you know that many times, you do know exactly what to do.

Low Hanging fruit for Sevens
Letting go of the idea that you must have all options available to be free; what if real freedom comes from making really good choices and maturity comes form your willingness to accept the consequences? Practice making some real choices and see what happens.

Low Hanging fruit for Eights
Letting go of the idea that you alone must save the world from itself; perhaps the world doesn’t really need saving at all times and that others can help in these endeavors. Try this a few times and see how it works.

Low Hanging fruit for Nines
Letting go of the idea and related behavior that not expressing yourself preserves relationships and creates harmony; try expressing yourself a bit more and notice how doing this enhances your relationships.

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of six best-selling Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs for professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit her website: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com. ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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