Finding Yourself: Deciding What You Really Want from Your Life
The only way to discover what you truly want from your life is to figure out who you are. Finding yourself is a journey that requires brutal honesty, self-reflection, and determination. It's a process that requires discovering your passions, knowing your values, and setting goals, then using that knowledge to create a fulfilling and meaningful life for yourself.
Learn to Be Brutally Honest with Yourself
Reinventing yourself requires a lot of self-awareness. To make fundamental changes, you must look honestly at yourself and your current situation. Being brutally honest with yourself is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but nevertheless, it’s an essential step in personal growth and development.
- Start by identifying your values and priorities – What is most important to you in life? What do you want to achieve? For example, maybe you realize that your values are family, health, and career growth. And your priority is to find a better work-life balance.
- Look frankly at your current situation – This includes your job, relationships, living situation, habits, and overall wellbeing. Consider what is and isn't working for you. For example, perhaps you take stock of your current job as a sales manager and realize you’re working long hours and neglecting your health and relationships.
- Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses –What are you good at, and what areas do you need to improve? In this step, for instance, you may acknowledge that you are great at closing deals and have perfected your organizational skills, but you struggle with time management and delegating tasks.
- Reflect on what you enjoy and what drains you – Knowing your likes and dislikes ensures that you make better decisions about your life. For example, after introspection, you realize that you enjoy spending time with your family and working out but dislike your job's long hours and high-pressure environment.
- Practice self-awareness by being mindful of your thoughts and emotions – This will help you be more honest about what is happening inside of you. Now that you’re being mindful, pay attention to how you feel throughout the day and notice that you often feel stressed and burned out.
- Seek out feedback from others – Ask people you trust for honest feedback about yourself. For example, take the time to ask your partner, best friend, and boss for feedback on your work-life balance, time management, and delegation skills.
- Keep a journal – Writing down your thoughts and feelings allows you to be more honest with yourself about your innermost thoughts. Now you can begin a journal where you write down your thoughts and feelings each day to increase your mindfulness.
- Meditate or practice mindfulness – Add a daily meditation to help you become more mindful and self-aware......