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The percentages above tell you what your Core Motivation style is. It’s possible that your personality fits with more than one of these but if you received a 100% in any of these categories, then that’s likely your motivation style.
So what do these all mean?
Your motivation style can be determined using your Enneagram Type which identifies your dominant personality type. Each type is described below:
You strive for things to be perfect and in place. You’re often pretty hard on yourself, especially when you know you’ve made a mistake. You stand for what is right and good. You are a reliable person and incredibly responsible. You prefer structure and organization and disorder and disarray gives you anxiety.
Your core values include: integrity and quality.
You are motivated by goals, plans and checklists. When you achieve something, you feel amazing. When you don’t achieve something, you feel like a failure. You can easily get overwhelmed because you’re trying to live up to your own high standards.
When setting goals, the perfectionist should be careful not to set goals that are too lofty or unrealistic because they will experience emotional turmoil when those goals aren’t met. There’s nothing wrong with having high standards because that means the quality of your work is top notch – but remember that imperfection is a part of life. Show some compassion toward yourself if something doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Examples of goals that a perfectionist may set for themselves include:
You are driven by the need to help others. You often know what others need before they figure it out for themselves. You also have a tendency to put the well-being of others before your own. You are friendly, warm, considerate but you can get angry when you feel like you’ve been taken advantage of.
Your core values are: kindness, generosity, and empathy
You are motivated by receiving praise from others for your efforts and providing support to only those who you know will support you in return. While it might be hard to ask for it, make sure that you are asking for support when working towards a goal and for a sign of appreciation from others when you’ve achieved it.
When setting goals, the helper should incorporate ways to show as much love for themselves as they do for others.
Examples of goals that a helper may set for themselves might include:
You are constant state of continuous improvement which means that you’re always looking for ways to do things better or be the best at something. You learn from failures rather than letting them defeat you. You feel successful when you’ve accomplished a goal and have received respect from others for doing so. Your mind works quickly and can get frustrated when dealing with others who don’t operate as fast as you. You are competitive but know that your personal success contributes to the success of a team which makes you an excellent teammate. As long as your self-worth is in check, you are willing to put in the work and can literally accomplish anything you set out to do.
Your core values are: efficiency, results and recognition
You are motivated by productivity (i.e. checking off boxes and getting stuff done), inspiring others to perform at their best, and the end-result. You have high-energy and enthusiasm for getting projects done as long as the end-result will provide a benefit you.
Examples of goals that a doer may set for themselves include:
You have creative energy and are focused on intuition and feelings. You have the ability to express your feelings and purpose which allows you to connect to others deeply. You are highly attuned to yourself and your environment, and can be dissatisfied with being ordinary.
Your core values are: authenticity, self-awareness, and purpose
You have a tough time achieving the goals you set because you’re not results-oriented. You have a lot of great ideas but find it difficult to put them all into action. Focus on the ones that align with your personal philosophy and you’ll increase your chances of successfully implementing those ideas. You prefer to focus on the journey (the process of getting there) rather than the destination. You are motivated by sharing your experience with others so you may benefit from joining an accountability group where everyone is working toward similar goals. You’re also motivated by creativity and doing things differently so don’t feel like you have to take the same approach that everyone else is. Define what success looks like to you but then forge your own path to achieving it. The journey is what you’re most interested in so just make sure you’re making forward progress and you’ll achieve success before you know it!
Examples of goals that an artist may set for themselves include:
You are motivated by information and knowledge, and love being the one that others come to when they have a question about something. You are the type of person that invests in a lot of research before making any decision (big or small). You are perceptive, curious and self-sufficient which makes you very resourceful and a great problem solver.
Your core values are: knowledge, objectivity, and independence
You prefer to work alone so you may not benefit from joining a support group to help you accomplish your goals. As long as you have a solid plan for how you’re going to achieve your success, you’ll be self-motivated enough to accomplish the tasks you’ve committed to. Even though you have the ability to deal with complexity, you prefer to keep things simple. You also enjoy teaching what you know to others who are interested in the topic.
Examples of goals that a thinker may set for themselves may include:
You like to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and are motivated by having short and long-term plans. It takes a while for you to trust others, but once they’ve established your trust, you become incredibly loyal to them. You are the person that thinks of things that others may not consider and have a tendency to worry excessively. You are attentive to your surroundings and work to minimize risks in everything that you do. You are team oriented and enjoy collaborating with others to complete a task but often are skeptical of those that you work with. When you set your mind to something, you tend to fully commit to it and won’t stop until it’s done.
Your core values include: security, belonging, and trustworthiness
When setting goals for yourself, having a detailed action plan which identifies potential road blocks, and how you will address those road blocks, will significantly increase your chances of success. You may also benefit from having an accountability buddy or group of individuals that you can rely on and trust completely.
Examples of goals that the friend may set for themselves include:
You enjoy life at a fast pace and prefer to keep your options open rather than to committing to something specific. You get excited about something quickly but then eventually lose interest and drop it. You’re a dreamer and often focus on the end-result rather than the smaller steps that are required to get you there. You find it difficult to sit still and often multitask because doing one thing at a time isn’t stimulating enough for you. You tend to take opportunities as they present themselves rather than creating opportunities for yourself. You love variety and new experiences but you can also get bored easily which means you have a lot of unfinished projects
Your core values are: freedom, adventure, and spontaneity
When setting goals for yourself, don’t be afraid to dream big (which shouldn’t be hard for you) but make sure that you’re in tune with reality. Setting goals is the optimist’s jam, but accomplishing them is often difficult. You are confident and enthusiastic but have a tendency to get unfocused, uncommitted and can impulsively change directions at the drop of a hat. You will most certainly benefit from having a vision board which allows you to stay focused on what you’re trying to achieve. I would recommend keeping your vision board simple and working toward a couple of things at one time in order to stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed. When setting goals, set goals that align with your vision but are small and attainable. That way you’ll be making forward progress, will remain engaged and will be less likely to change directions because you’re not seeing results.
Examples of goals that an optimist may set for themselves may include:
You are strong and find it uncomfortable to show your weakness because that would mean that you have to be vulnerable. You value being in control of all situations and are motivated by protecting others. You are deeply caring and approachable but prefer to do things your way because your way will keep everyone safe. You are confident in your abilities and can be very direct when you want things to move forward. You often trust your gut instincts which leads to quick decision making. You take the people that you love under your wing and fight to protect them and what they care about. Defenders are highly influential people and have the ability to make a large positive impact on society.
Your core values are: strength, justice, and control
When setting goals, you prefer to outline the actions for how you’re going to achieve them rather than having someone else tell you how. You also tend to have an all-or-nothing mindset which could work in your favor if you’re trying to accomplish something that will provide benefit you or your loved ones. If you don’t think something is important or worth your time, you won’t be motivated to spend any effort on it.
Examples of goals that a defender may set for themselves may include:
You are motivated by harmony and acceptance. You appreciate stability and while you may know how to deal with conflict, you avoid it where possible. You believe that this world would be a much better place if everyone would just respect each other. You may find it difficult to say no which can interfere with your own personal growth.
Your core values are: patience, tolerance, and diplomacy
When setting goals, you prefer structured processes that are difficult to question. You find it hard to identify your vision for the future and like when someone you trust tells you exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goal. You find it easy to adopt new habits and create new procedures quickly because you aren’t resistant to implementing new things – especially if they provide benefit to you. It’s important that you focus on expressing your emotions in relationships because your passive nature may be creating some internal dissatisfaction.
Examples of goals that a peacemaker may set for themselves may include:
I strive for things to be perfect and in place.
If I’m passionate about something, I work really hard and spend a lot of time on it.
I am very critical of the things I do and am disappointed in myself when I make a mistake.
I have a lot of priorities on my plate which involve improving my life and the lives of others.
Often times people follow my lead and I’m comfortable in a leadership role.
Whatever I have to do, it has to be done right and I will do whatever it takes to do so.
Others sometimes say that I’m intense or too serious at times.
I can only relax when the work is done.
I love doing things for others, especially if I know they will appreciate it.
It’s easy for me to determine what others want and need, therefore I feel like I know how best to help people.
It may seem like I try too hard or am controlling sometimes but that’s only because I want to help in the best way.
I get satisfaction from putting others before myself, and often forget to focus on my own needs.
I like when others recognize that I’m there for them.
I have a difficult time saying no.
I place a huge emphasis on my relationships.
I give a lot of myself in hopes that others will recognize what I have given them and respect me for that.
I want to be the best I can be at what I do.
Goals are important to me and I work hard at achieving them.
I feel successful when I meet my goals and others to respect me for achieving them.
My mind works quickly and I can get irritable if something/someone seems to be working too slowly.
I am a competitive person, but I can also do well on a team and I am well liked.
I want to make a good impression on people and I care a lot about how others view me.
When I am passionate about my goal, I know exactly what I need to do to achieve it and stay motivated.
I prefer to only do things that I am good at.
I like to express my emotions and I want others to understand me for who I am.
I consider myself to be very direct with others and identify myself as unique or quirky.
I am constantly seeking more in my life and I try to evaluate what might be missing.
People sometimes mistake me for being dramatic or caring about something too much.
I like to get to know others on a deeper level and form real connections (even with strangers).
I want to accurately reveal who I am and what I believe in to others.
I consider myself to be very self-aware and my strong intuition allows me to connect with others on a deeper level than most people.
I do not shy away from having conversations about painful aspects of emotion and often ask others difficult questions.
I love being the expert (i.e. the person that others turn to when they have questions on a specific topic).
Before I make a decision, I need to have as much information as possible.
I don’t like to be wrong or corrected which is why if I don’t know something, I’ll keep quiet.
I’m happy to argue for what I believe in but if the facts don’t support my idea, then I’ll reconsider my stance.
I often thrive when I’m alone and I like to reflect on past experiences.
I am pretty independent and I don’t like having to rely on anyone else.
I crave information and knowledge.
I am not shy in a group setting where I can speak up, say what I know and express exactly what I want.
I like to be prepared for the worst.
I often envision worst-case scenarios so that I know exactly what to do if they actually happen.
I have a creative imagination and a somewhat odd sense of humor.
I can be unsure of people in authority, especially if I don’t trust them.
Once I trust someone, I am very loyal to them.
When it comes to new ideas, the first thing I think about is what could go wrong.
I would rather think things through before accepting something at face value.
I can easily pick out why I disagree with something.
I enjoy life at a fast pace.
I like to create many options for myself and my future plans, and keep those options open.
I shy away from negative emotions and I hate feeling bored and/or trapped with my life.
If I’m upset over something, I don’t want to dwell on it.
Sometimes I get really excited about something quickly but then get bored and drop it completely.
Often times I will start things that don’t quite get finished.
I am very optimistic and I believe life is a ride that is meant to be enjoyed.
When I have several options that I can choose from, I have a hard time deciding because I want them all.
I like to be in control as much as possible to ensure that things go smoothly.
I am very blunt and honest because I want the things to be clear.
It frustrates me when I feel like someone is conniving or being unfair.
I try to hide my weaknesses because I feel vulnerable when someone else knows what they are.
I prefer to get something done on my own rather than being told what to do.
I won’t always respect a person of authority upfront, but when I do, I am much more willing to follow directions from them.
I think weaknesses should b protected rather than turned into strengths.
I prefer to take charge and do things my way in order to make sure that things keep going smoothly.
I’m only happy when everything is peaceful and everyone is happy.
I tend to avoid conflict and confrontation.
Sometimes I can’t identify exactly what I want so I just go with the flow, especially in group settings.
When I do know what I want, I might still agree with someone even if it goes against that.
I sometimes get angry at myself, but I don’t like getting angry at other people, or get uncomfortable when people are angry at each other.
I have a kind heart and I know it can be taken advantage of.
I will stand up for myself but only when I really need to.
I am good at seeing multiple sides to a situation, both pros and cons.
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