This is part 5 of 5 of the mindset series about limiting beliefs.
- No 1 limiting belief most people face in life
- Why being multipassionate isn’t the solution
- How to overcome your fear of failure
- What you can do to overcome the imposter in you
- Why being multipassionate is your strength
WHAT IS THE MULTIPASSIONATE PERSONALITY
Multi-passionate personality also known as scanner personality describes people who have a lot of interests and struggle to decide which dreams and goals to go after.
Whereas other people usually have one main dream and field of interest they want to master in their life the multi-passionate personality has a wide range of interests and wants to master them all.
The limiting beliefs multi-passionate face are the fear to fail, self-doubt and not being good enough because of their zig zag lined career path.
I myself consider as a multi-passionate person and know about the struggles very well.
Before I found out that I´m multi-passionate I thought that there is something wrong with me. I tried to pressure myself to fit in a mold and be like most of the people are, interested in one field.
I forced myself working as a designer in the fashion industry, although I had a burning desire to also live out my other passions.
This perception that I had to pick one path and run with it limited me for many years in various ways because I saw my multi-passionate personality not as a gift, but as a curse instead.
The outcome was that I tried to hide my other interests and fit in by showing only my side as a designer.
It changed in 2013. This was the first time I hired a business coach and heard about the multi-passionate also known as scanner personality for the first time.
At that time I was studying personal development for a few years, working in the field of marketing and was in the master’s degree program for product design engineering.
I told my business coach about my struggles of not being interested in just one thing but rather having so many interests that I have trouble to pick one.
Her suggestion was to embrace them all. Why? Because this is who I am.
If you are a multi-passionate as well I want to pass on this advice to you and remind you to embrace your gifts and acknowledge that this is part of what makes you,you.
However, if you are a business owner don´t be tempted to make out of every idea a business.
Pick the one which resonates with you most or combine your passions in a way that it makes sense or pursue your other passions as side hustles.
THE STRUGGLES OF THE SCANNER PERSONALITY
They have limiting beliefs about themselves and the attempt to fit into the expectations of the society.
1. GET EASILY DISTRACTED & HAVE DIFFICULTIES TO FIND FOCUS
The attempt to choosing one path over all other interests oftentimes end up in being easily distracted and the difficulty to find focus.
2. BATTLING WITH INDECISIVENESS
Choosing between the various interest feels for a multi-passionate like choosing between an arm or leg. They all feel equally important.
3. STRUGGLE TO FOLLOW THROUGH A PLAN
While short-term projects are the jam for most multi-passionate souls, long-term projects, goals, and plans create a headache and boredom.
4. CONFUSION ABOUT IN WHICH DIRECTION TO GO IN BUSINESS
Multi-passionate entrepreneurs often face the problem with niching down in their business.
5. FEEL SELF-DOUBT AND LIKE A FAILURE
Societies expectation of working until retirement in the same job is the pure nightmare for all multi-passionate people.
Therefore self-doubt and the feeling of being wrong and like a failure easily creeps in.
6. DOUBTING OWN ABILITIES AND EXPERTISE
These are the struggles! Now, what can you do?
THE SKILLS YOU SHOULD MASTER AS A MULTIPASSIONATE
1. LET GO OF YOUR FEAR TO FAIL
Know why you have the fear to fail and how to let go of it.
2. SELF-DOUBT WON´T SERVE YOU
Release your self-doubt. Do the best you can and be fine with it.
3. KNOW THAT YOU ARE ENOUGH
You don´t have to be like everyone else. You can be you. Know that you are enough.
Read the post about self-limiting beliefs – I am enough.
4. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS
Learn to get rid of all distractions. Stop multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
I’ve personally found the minimalist approach of living effectively.
If you`re ready to dive in start with the post how to get rid of clutter forever.
5. HAVE FOCUS
Focus on one thing at a time.
Planning ahead and scheduling is a must if you really want to get things done and move forward in life as a multipassionate.
6. LEARN TO DECIDE
Make a brain dump page in your bullet journal for all the tasks you want to accomplish.
Then prioritize the tasks so you see which ones to tackle first.
7. FOLLOW THROUGH YOUR PLAN
Chunk down big goals into small projects you can work on.
This way it’ll be easier to follow through your plan.
We multi passionates always could do something. Learn to rest to avoid burnout.
WHY BEING MULTIPASSIONATE IS YOUR STRENGTH
Acknowledge these struggles and switch your perception from seeing your multifaceted interests as your gifts instead of a curse.
These interests are a part of your personality which makes you unique. This is what sets you apart from others.
Stop trying to fit in. This is who you are and it´s awesome.
YOUR GIFTS AS A MULTIPASSIONATE PERSON
As a multi-passionate person, you not only have struggles but also gifts other people don´t have.
1. BROADER PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE AND SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE
While people with one passion have a clear path and one-sided perspective to their work, a multi-passionate person is considering various aspects into their work they learned along their zigzag way of life.
2. ARE EASILY ADAPTABLE TO VARIOUS SITUATIONS
A changing environment might be a challenge for one passioned people, multi-passionate people enjoy learning and exploring different situations all of the time.
3. HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN LIFE (DUE TO LARGER FIELD OF INTERESTS)
If a one passioned person is placed into another department within their job or suddenly loses the job it might seem like a disaster. Not for the multi-passionate. No time for worries. You´ll probably have an idea what to do next. There are so many other things to explore.
4. HAVE A MORE DIVERSIFIED NETWORK
Scanner personalities tend to have a much more diversified network due to their various interests.
5. CREATIVE IDEAS COME EASILY
Creative ideas popping in regularly. Having a journal with a brain dump page for all creative ideas is a perfect companion for all multi-passionate souls.
6. KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE TIME AND NEVER FEEL LONELY OR BORED
There is always a book which isn´t finished yet or a movie to watch or something to do for a multi-passionate. Loneliness and boredom aren´t typical for them.
Still feeling like an alien?
If you want to learn more about the multi-passionate personality I´d like to recommend you to check out the book the Renaissance soul by Margaret Lobenstine.
It´s the perfect guide showing how to combine and live out all your passions.
You can get this book here on Amazon.
1. BEING MULTI-PASSIONATE IS PART OF YOUR PERSONALITY
It´s nothing wrong with you. Being multipassionate means you have more than just one big thing you are interested in & you want to pursue them all.
2. DITCH YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS AROUND BEING MULTI-FACETED
Society tells us to follow one path until retirement which makes multipassionate people like a failure.
There is nothing wrong with you.
3. LEARN TO OVERCOME YOUR STRUGGLES
- Let go of your feal to fail
- Ditch self-doubt
- Let go of the belief that you aren´t good enough
- Find a way to eliminate daily distractions
- Have more focus
- Be more decisive
- Follow through your plan
4. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR GIFTS
See the positive sides of being multipassionate rather than focusing on the negative.
5. EMBRACE YOUR UNIQUENESS
Love yourself the way you are with all your interests and passions.
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