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Personal Growth

Excellence is the summit of personal growth. Anyone who aspires to reach its peak must be daring enough to master their strongest instincts and conquer their darkest shadows. As such, the journey to the top of this mountain is indeed a difficult one, filled with many challenges and countless paths that can easily lead one astray.

It doesn't really matter how fast you're going if you're heading in the wrong direction.

Stephen R. Covey

The climb to excellence may demand effort; but effort alone is never enough. Even if you gave it your all, you will not go far without the right direction. Unless you focus your efforts on the relevant areas in life, any attempt to improve would either be insignificant or temporary.

Few things are as disheartening as investing a considerable amount of time and effort, only to discover later on that you were heading in the wrong direction all along. To prevent this, a mental map would help you develop a deeper understanding of your personality so that you can chart your journey in the right direction. Not only does this save you time, but it also accelerates your growth by a hundredfold.

The secret to success is in achieving the right balance.

True success can only be attained by finding equilibrium within: a perfect balance between both our strengths and weaknesses. However, because of our innate tendencies, many of us will gravitate towards our strengths to avoid confronting our weaknesses. Unfortunately, those who live life on autopilot will never amount to much, for the path of success only reveals itself to those who are willing to understand and harness the power of their shadows.

While we trust that you will ultimately forge a distinct path that aligns perfectly with your life's journey, we believe that a starting point will help you tremendously. Therefore, we have provided ten essential paths to guide you in the right direction as you embark on your journey of continuous growth.

Prioritize Others More

Most Investigators see themselves as the main character of their story. And in these stories, the people around them are rarely given much focus, if any is given at all. By and large, Investigators have a tendency to talk about or do things solely for themselves. Hence, they often seem inconsiderate and self-absorbed: a major turn-off for most. If left unchecked, this behavior may drive people away, leaving Investigators alone with only their thoughts for company.

But of course, none of that is intentional. Oftentimes, Investigators are just unaware of how their actions are perceived by others. To overcome this, they can start by shifting some of their focus away from themselves and onto others. They should try to put people above themselves and seek ways to make things easier or better for those around them. By doing so, Investigators will eventually find themselves in supportive relationships that bring deep fulfillment.

Ask For Feedback

Investigators place a lot of importance on self-improvement as they strive to unlock their highest potential. However, in their efforts to do so, they rarely seek out people's opinions on them. It may seem like a sign of arrogance, but in actuality, the thought of doing so just never crossed their minds. As such, they may only work on the flaws apparent to them, overlooking the ones hidden in their blindspot.

If Investigators are truly desperate for growth, the best thing they can do is to seek feedback from others. Although it might seem terrifying to expose oneself to criticism, it will be an invaluable experience as there is no one better equipped to provide objective feedback than an outsider. More importantly, everyone sees things differently. By hearing people out, Investigators can gain a multitude of opinions that can help illuminate many areas for them to improve in.

Recognize the Greater Good

The pursuit of personal significance often leads Investigators to prioritize their own interests at the expense of others. Instead of pursuing a win-win, they usually insist on their way, leaving a sense of divide in the room. This refusal to do right by the community stems from an excessive focus on themselves. They may not understand that life is a give-and-take, and that compromise is key to maintaining healthy relationships. If Investigators continue to put themselves first, they risk coming off as selfish individuals.

To bridge the gap between themselves and the larger community, Investigators have to realize that their selfishness will lead to bad outcomes that affect them as well. They will only become more understanding when they notice that they are invariably linked to others. Through this realization, Investigators can empower themselves to be more accepting towards other people and be willing to do what's best for everyone, instead of going down the path of ignorance.

Realize the Importance of Emotions

Investigators seek to be objective in their decisions by sticking to logic. As a result, they view emotions as an obstruction to unbiased reasoning. Even if a decision does not feel right on an emotional level, Investigators may simply dismiss the concern as irrational sentiment. By disregarding feelings, they may only be shooting themselves in the foot as it prevents them from getting a holistic perspective on issues.

Like it or not, Investigators must recognize that feelings play a crucial role in decision-making. Although logical reasoning is important, the best decisions are often those that sit right with people too. Therefore, when logic and emotions come together as one, the right choice will naturally emerge. With that in mind, Investigators should start giving emotions due consideration, instead of ignoring them all the time.

Befriend Your Feelings

Feelings also function as a red flag of sorts, arising naturally as an early warning sign of potential problems. The sinking feeling in their stomach or the lump in their throat indicates that something is amiss, but Investigators are usually too quick to sweep them under the rug. By ignoring these warning signs, Investigators allow their feelings to bottle up over time, eventually leading to emotional outbursts. If that happens, they will go right off the deep end and down in the dumps.

At the root of it all, Investigators might be afraid to appear weak and vulnerable by taking their feelings seriously. However, the truth is quite the opposite. When they acquaint themselves with what they feel, they will realize that their subconscious fear was unfounded. Furthermore, once they master their emotions, they will become stronger and more resilient, making breakdowns a thing of the past. This leads to healthier Investigators who are both emotionally and intellectually secure.

Be More Disciplined In Life

There is nothing more exciting for Investigators than the freedom to explore the world around them. However, this can often be a curse rather than a blessing. Many times, they will neglect their responsibilities in pursuit of fleeting interests. This usually garners them a notorious reputation for being unreliable. If Investigators continue to act like this, their lives will inevitably spiral out of control.

To keep things in check, Investigators should strive for a structured lifestyle by setting deadlines or adopting routines. Even making simple to-do lists can make a huge difference in their lives. By practicing these simple acts of self-discipline, they can forge their paths forward without being bogged down by a mountain of unfulfilled responsibilities. From there, they become the masters of their own lives, bringing themselves one step closer to actual freedom.

Stick To Your Priorities

Easily bored by the same old thing, Investigators are constantly looking for change. It's not a surprise to see them abandoning current projects as soon as something new rolls along. They often jump from one thing to the next in the blink of an eye, never truly commiting to anything. Hence, Investigators seldom finish what they've started. Left unremedied, their lives will amount to nothing significant.

The problem lies not in their lack of effort, but rather in their absence of lasting effort—the inability to hunker down and complete their projects. As such, Investigators should figure out what's actually important to set their priorities straight. This gives them an idea of where to move towards instead of just jumping on whatever ride that happens to come next. By doing so, they explore the world in a productive direction and not solely based on whim.

Be More Imaginative

Think out of the box, and Investigators will find that imagination knows no limits. Mental boundaries only exist because Investigators ground their thoughts too deeply in reality. No ideas should be considered far-fetched, because imagination is all about seeing the impossible. By letting their imagination run free, Investigators unleash the potential of existing ideas, bringing innovation into their lives.

Besides, realism often limits the creative mind. Instead of dismissing unrealistic ideas as ridiculous or absurd, Investigators should open up their minds to the seemingly impossible. Wild ideas should not be feared because they often serve as a launchpad for better ones to take off. Therefore, Investigators who are willing to break free from the chains of reality are only one step away from unlocking a new world, filled with profound insights and unexplored possibilities.

Apply Your Knowledge

The search for knowledge is admirable, and Investigators do so in every moment of their lives. However, they rarely do anything with what they have learned, leaving a sea of findings just sitting at the back of their minds. Yes, knowledge may be power, but only if Investigators use it to make a difference in the communities around them. Without action, even the brightest of minds is completely worthless. After all, what is the point of learning if not to push people forward?

Hence, Investigators should apply their knowledge to spark change. With what they have learned, the potential impacts that they can bring is endless. All they have to do is to take the first step and start doing something. Whether it be educating people, developing communities, or helping others overcome their problems, Investigators should seek to produce results and encourage others to do the same.

Embrace Criticism Openly

Most problems faced by Investigators revolve around people. Any form of judgement is often taken deeply to heart. However, the truth is that a person’s words and actions are merely a reflection of their character. Nasty words say a lot more about the person who said it, rather than the one on the receiving end. By breaking free from the chains of human egos, Investigators will eventually find lasting peace and happiness amidst a world filled with drama.

Oftentimes, those who strive to make an impact in the world are the ones who receive the most criticism. This is especially true for famous figures who tend to attract harsh remarks, particularly from those who are insecure. That said, no matter how painful these comments may be, words are ultimately just words. They only hurt when taken negatively. However, this does not mean that Investigators should block out all criticisms. Instead, they should uncover the hidden lessons within them and use them as an inspiration for growth.

And with that, it is now time to embark on a new chapter of your life! Nevertheless, we would like to remind you that even though the ten points outlined above may seem easy and straightforward, mastering them is still a challenging task. One must remember that the pursuit of excellence draws upon the power of tiny gains, where small changes over time lead to massive transformation.

So instead of making dramatic improvements, one should take it a step at a time, climbing just 1% higher every single day. Think of your journey as a marathon rather than a sprint; it takes plenty of courage, patience, and tenacity to keep going until the end. And before long, you will eventually find yourself at the peak, awestruck by the magnificent view and ready to go beyond excellence!

Your biggest enemy is merely an illusion.

The road to success is often paved with countless large obstacles. Overcoming them may not be easy, but it'll definitely be worth it. Truth be told, the only real barriers are the ones we create in our minds. By cultivating a growth mindset, every obstacle can eventually be transformed into opportunities for growth. As you embark on this arduous journey, here are a few final pointers to keep in mind.

No two are alike. Unfortunately, what comes naturally to others may not be as easy for you. Seeing others thrive in areas we find so hard to develop often leaves us feeling utterly defeated. However, comparing yourself to others is like measuring your progress using someone else’s ruler; it only sets you up for failure. Focus instead on your own path, for your only competition is who you were yesterday.

It is what it is. Some have smooth sailing childhoods while others might have theirs filled with trauma. Everyone is met with wildly different circumstances in life, and like it or not, it has a lot to do with luck. Although life may seem extremely unfair sometimes, we only suffer because we expect life to play by our rules. However, we should always keep in mind that it is not our circumstances that matter, but what we do with them that ultimately determines who we are.

A speck of dust. Everyone has problems, and although some of them may be huge, most others are often amplified by our imagination. The next time your problems seem too overbearing, just remember that we are merely a tiny speck of dust in this vast and infinite universe, what more our problems? Sometimes, it helps to take a step back to view things from a larger perspective. It may not solve the problem, but it might help ease the pain.

Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

Carl Gustav Jung

Life is like a game of cards. No matter how unfair we think our hand is, we cannot change the core of our personality. Life is not determined by the cards you were dealt with; it is how you play that matters. Even a great hand can be wasted if the player does not make the most out of it. So now with these cards in your hands, how would you play them to win the game of life?

As we wrap up our exploration of the STVX Investigator archetype, we'd like to emphasize that this isn't the end, but rather a new beginning in your journey towards a happier, more fulfilling life. We encourage you to seize this opportunity and embark on a path towards success as you embrace your shadows and thrive within darkness!

Along with the wealth of knowledge we've provided in the past six sections, we'd like to offer a curated list of relevant resources in the form of books, articles, and links that can further support you on your journey. Do check out these useful resources in the next section.

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