The Top Ten Gifts of Being an Inner-Directed Individual
By Sarah Dolliver
human is born with distinct traits. Used well, they are assets that
lead to a rich and rewarding life. Misused or under-utilized, they can
become liabilities that create pain and struggle.
article looks at those particular traits with an eye to recognizing the
edge between use and abuse of them.
Natural Edge is the combination of all your innate gifts, talents and
strengths. You thrive when you live them actively every day in
everything you do. You struggle when you leave them behind and try to
conform to being like other people, when you are not.
endurance might not be the inner-directed person's forte, inner
strength exists beyond compare. You live your strength when you combine
it with your Natural Edge to solve life's issues. You suffer when you
believe you are weak, discounting the possibility of being strong.
individuals naturally relate to the world from a place of feeling.
Compassion serves you when you use it to understand others at a deep
level so it brings people and opportunities to you.
hinders you when you take on others' pains and woes as your own and
bear their burdens instead of staying separate with objectivity. The
difference is an appropriate emotional boundary.
terrific to "get" others without as much as exchanging a word. It gives
you an extra edge to manage relationships, whether personal or
professional. Like compassion, perception holds you back when the line
between what is yours or theirs becomes blurred.
is becoming more popular. It leads you to knowing yourself, your
tendencies and patterns as well as opening up a more vigorous appetite
of self-development. It delays you when you look inside and do nothing
from it, forgetting that life is for living.
combination of your compassion, perception and
self-awareness yields your exceptional people skills. They bring you
into deeper relationships that can have a profoundly positive influence
on your life. They can stall you when you over-rely on too few
relationships, leaving you feeling alone or isolated when one breaks.
is a wonderful thing and something many pursue. You stand out for your
autonomy and ability to function on your own. However, it can get in
your way when ideas or projects could go further or more easily with
select input from others with complementary talents or viewpoints.
inner-directed individuals have quick minds and stealth humor, easily
seeing connections others miss. You shine when you offer divergent
ideas that move problems by quantum leaps. You falter when you try to
think through all life's issues, forgetting that feelings and intuition
are reliable guides also.
inner-directed individuals experience sensory input at a heightened
level. Delight comes when those signals soothe and calm you.
Over-stimulation easily develops from too much exposure to common
things, such as noise, fast-moving visuals, pollution, technology
screens and more. Developing your personalized balance can transform
annoyance into bliss.
one operates as a gauge of getting all the other ones attuned. Your
creativity can be "over the top" when you build the equilibrium that
best suits you. Fail to do that and life's events turn into one
overwhelm after another.
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