My name is Teresa and I am a self-preservation 6. And as is expected, having doubts about anything is something that follows me. My everyday challenge is always to search for more confidence in myself, in others and also in the universe. And I am projecting that the same happens to my colleagues who are type 6!
Some months ago, I had an unforgettable experience, some unexpected help for me and all type 6’s – that is, to believe that things happen without our control and that having doubts can be just a waste of your time.
It was a moment that I will remember from now on and all my life. I went from Brazil to Ireland to attend the new Ginger’s program “Being in Essence,” (which is one I really recommend). In the middle of the program, we were doing an activity in type groups. We were having a conversation about how a piece of Rumi’s poem we had in our booklets was related to our type. On the table, we had our booklets, some colored pencils and my cell phone (iPhone). During the activity, I realized that I had a doubt and said this to my sister type 6 colleague, Mary:
“I have a doubt… I really don’t know if it is a translation doubt [Portuguese is my native language] or if it is something about the meaning of the poem.” I noticed Mary was about to answer me, but before she started talking, SIRI, from my iPhone, answered this instead: “It’s not a problem!”
How can that happen? I didn’t touch my cell phone!! Mary and I laughed and laughed. It looked like the Universe sending us a message.
This answer from SIRI was and is what type 6s need to remember every day! Most of our doubts are in our heads and are not exactly a problem! There are a lot of alternatives to managing each situation we have to face, and we don’t need to make things worse.
So pay attention! If you, type 6, have any doubt about anything, ask yourself if the doubt is really important. If not, remember SIRI’s advice. Many times, “It’s not a problem!”
Teresa Salles is a business consultant and Associate Member of the EIBN (Enneagram in Business Network) from Brazil. You can reach her at Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com