To know yourself is your first priority
How can you set goals, go about life, and have relationships if you don’t know who you are or what you want? know yourself You really can’t.
To not know yourself leads to confusion and wasting much time in hit and miss situations.
We tend to underestimate the importance of knowing ourselves. Many of us go through each day reacting to events and just getting by rather than making conscious choices based on who we are and what we want.
When we don’t know where we are headed it’s hard to set goals, get motivated and determine the best course of action. Before we can do any of these things we must establish who we are.
To know yourself:
*Be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes
*Observe and be aware of your moods, reactions and responses to what is happening around you
*Become aware of how these moods and emotions affect your state of mind
*Examine how you interact with others
*Observe how your environment affects you
Knowing and understanding yourself better, in turn, leads to better decision making, setting and reaching appropriate goals and altogether living more productively.
There are many interesting personality tests and evaluations for self-discovery that can help you become more in tune to yourself and are fun to do.
Two powerful tools I found exceptionally helpful are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and The Enneagram.
Not only do these tools help you understand yourself better and what drives some of your behaviors, they also help you understand and get along better with others.
The MBTI is often used in employee training, marriage counseling and personal development.
To know yourself better:
1. Take a moment to write down things that you know “very good” about yourself – your interests, likes, dislikes, preferences, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, hopes, fears, dreams, etc. Reflect on these qualities and find out how they impact your overall life. By creating a list of your personal attributes that you are familiar with, you are keeping yourself in touch with your self.
2.Take personality and psychological tests. This is another way to know yourself better. The internet has a rich source of free online personality and psychological assessments and tests. By answering them, you will understand more how you think, make decisions, interact with people, do things, choose mate, live your life, etc.
3.Keep on learning who you are. It’s a lifetime process. Everyday you will be given new insights about yourself. Writing a journal will help you keep track of these new discoveries. Maintaining that hunger to know yourself better will make you more self-aware, opening up new opportunities to enrich your life.
Live life fully, who knows what will happen tomorrow