Knowing more about yourself can help you to improve your life. When you learn what you are good at, as well as areas of your life you can improve, you can live a more fulfilled life. Use the following to help you know more about yourself so that you can take action.
1. Do a Self-Assessment
You need to figure out where you are to determine where you want to be. In other words, what are your strengths, and weaknesses? Write these down on a piece of paper and place it where you will be able to find it later. Be as honest as possible, so that you can hone in on the right areas to work on.
We all do things that we know we shouldn’t. But, sometimes we are not willing to admit shortcomings. Introspecting allows you to peel back the layers of who you are and determine what you like about yourself as well as what changes you want to make. It’s important not to dwell on your past. Don’t live with regrets. Just identify what you want to change and use that as your basis.
3. Determine What You Want Out of Life
You may not be where you want to be, but you need to know what you want. Otherwise, you will have a difficult time figuring out how to get there. By knowing what you want, you can alter your goals to get you in the right direction.
4. Why Don’t You Have What You Want?
Along the same lines, if you can figure what you want but don’t yet have, you can take actions to bring about the changes needed to get you in the right place. Maybe you don’t have the right skills for a job you’ve been dreaming about. Once you know this, you can beef up your skills to get the job, etc.
5. Let Friends and Family Tell You What You’re Good At
People are often humble about the good aspects of their lives. We tend to downplay that which we are good at and focus too much mental energy on what we aren’t good at. Your friends and family know what you good at. Ask them. You can extend this concept with your boss or your co-workers as well.
6. Always Consider Ideas from Others
People evaluate information with certain biases. It’s not wrong. It just doesn’t let us keep an open mind about other possibilities. By considering the ideas and opinions of others, we can obtain new ideas. It’s not necessary to agree with those alternatives, just be open to listening to them.
7. Embrace Criticism
People have a difficult time accepting criticism. Something about hearing how we messed up does not sit well with us. However, if you get objective criticism, you should welcome this as a means to improve what you are doing. In this way, it will make you a better person for it.
Action Steps to Take:
1. Take notice of your environment. Try this at work or home (or both). Look around the room you are currently in and notice something that you hadn’t before. It could be a picture on a wall. You can also do this outdoors. Go to a place you are familiar with and make a conscious effort to notice something. By increasing your awareness, you will become more in tune with your surroundings.
2. Analyse three different failures in your life. Failure can be a tremendous learning tool. By evaluating your past three failures, you can get an idea of what areas you need to focus on improving upon. Don’t beat yourself up for the failures. Realize you made them and use them to your advantage.
3. Take 10-20 minutes each morning to start practicing meditation. Meditation is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself.