Enneagram Type 8

The Challenger

Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational 

Core Motivation: To be independent & protect themselves

As an Enneagram Type 8:  you’re strong and determined. A leader. You’re good at getting things done. You want everything to be right and just, and you’re not afraid to lead the way in making that happen. You’re bold and courageous, and ready to take the charge.

Challenges you might face as a Type 8:  your work-hard-play-hard mentality becomes excessive. Then comes exhaustion. You might feel like you’re always in a battle within yourself because life is a constant effort to make all things right. You may be skeptical of things, and that may cause you to be stagnant at times.

What this means in your fitness journey:  you can be extremely courageous and bold in your pursuit once you figure out your plan. Your tendency to be skeptical may slow that process down a bit. However, that also means you won’t just jump into any random fad that’s presented to you. It also means that when you decide to jump into a wellness journey, you’ll be all-in.

With that you’ll want to make sure you take time to regroup, refocus, and take active rest and recovery days. This way you won’t get burned out. Take time to slow down. Be mindful. Pay attention to your body and your feelings. Then take charge and go for the goal.

Once determining the route that’s best for you you’ll jump in full-force, and you’ll get all the way to where you’re going if you remain focused. Your determination will carry you all the way to the goal, and you’ll be happy to take others along with you if they’re up for the challenge.

Remember your attention goes to:  power and power dynamics with a no-frills style. You don’t need the extra bells and whistles to get started. Just be sure not to overdo it. Sometimes you forget your own boundaries, and you can injure yourself if you’re not careful!

Manta:  It is okay for me to show my vulnerabilities. Strong inside and out.

Try:  Workouts that give you the opportunity to feel powerful and able to protect yourself and others. Workout with a trainer you have researched and trust, CrossFit, kick boxing, start a power-walking group, any workout routine with a high adrenaline point.