Development Tips

Topic of the month | focus

Being able to focus sounds like a positive quality – that is, shutting out all distractions and attending to the activity at hand. But is it always? Certainly, being unfocused can be a problem, but so can being focused only on one thing at a time, just as being chronically and selective focused on only certain things can create challenges. Here are examples of how each enneagram type can be overly focused on one area and what individuals of each type can do to shift that focus.

Ones
Chronic focus
Focus on what is wrong in order to to make it right, not focusing appreciatively on what is working well
Shift your focus
Focus appreciatively on what is going well for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Twos
Chronic focus
Focus on others, including their needs and responses, but not on themselves in terms of their own feelings and needs
Shift your focus
Focus on what you feel and need for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Threes
Chronic focus
Focus on success, achievement and how others are responding to them in terms of respect, not on their own true desires and deep preferences
Shift your focus
Focus on what you really want and feeling like doing for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Fours
Chronic focus
Focus on what is missing or flawed in self, others and situations, not on what is actually there in reality and glorious
Shift your focus
Focus on what is right in front of you as it actually, is in all its glory and simplicity, for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Fives
Chronic focus
Focus on self-protection and cerebral ideas, not on feelings, somatic sensations and engagement with others
Shift your focus
Focus on your feelings, sensations and engagement with others for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Sixes
Chronic focus
Focus on pathways, processes and obstacles, not on specific intentions and outcomes
Shift your focus
Focus on your intentions and outcomes, without thinking through obstacles or pathways, for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Sevens
Chronic focus
Focus on sensate, pleasurable experiences, not on feelings, challenges and deep introspection
Shift your focus
Focus on what is going on with you internally – feelings, thoughts, body sensations – for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Eights
Chronic focus
Focus on control and influence, not on reciprocity and receptivity
Shift your focus
Focus on being receptive and open for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

Nines
Chronic focus
Focus on what they don’t want, not what they do want
Shift your focus
Focus on what you do want for at least 15 minutes per day without interruption

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