Getting To Know Yourself

May 13, 2020

Do you know yourself? You might instantly think that yes, of course, you do. But, think more deeply. Are you confident in your choices and decisions? Do you know what you want from your life? Do you change, even in small ways, just to make other people happy? Do you try to be more like friends? Or do you try to be what other people want you to be? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, could it be because, actually, you don’t know yourself that well? Or, you’re just not quite sure you are who you thought you were?

Socrates said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom,” which should give you a clue that perhaps knowing yourself isn’t as easy as you might have thought. Of course, one of the problems is that we change over time, often without any conscious decision or plan. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track. 

But, when you know yourself, you open up the possibility to live happily, with contentment and confidence. You’ll feel less inner conflict or self-doubt, you’ll be better equipped to make decisions, and you might have far better self-control. It’s certainly worth a try. 

Spend Some Time Alone

One of the best ways to get to know yourself is to be with yourself without distraction. For some, this happens during an extended period, perhaps living or traveling alone. For others, stepping out of their comfort zone and exercising alone, going to the cinema alone, or even eating in a restaurant on their own helps. 

Think More What The Things That You Love Doing

Think about your interests and hobbies. These don’t define you, but the things that you enjoy doing are a part of who you are. Look at your interests. What do you enjoy? Do you have any hobbies that you do simply because you feel like you should, even if you don’t really enjoy them? 

What Are Your Values?

What do you believe in? How would you describe your core values? Honesty? Trust? Loyalty? Bravery? Knowing what you believe in can help you to understand your thought processes and make good decisions. 

Ask The Hard Questions

Knowing yourself doesn’t just mean knowing the good bits. You’ll also have to understand your weaknesses and dislikes. Be honest with yourself; sometimes, just accepting your flaws is enough, but on other occasions, you might want to make some improvements. 

What Do You Want from Life?

What do you want from your life? This doesn’t have to be a five-year plan or a significant life goal. Nor does it have to be permanent, you can change your dreams whenever you want, but it is always good to have them. 

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