When Socrates said, “Know Thyself,” he was teaching his students how to be at peace with who they were as individuals. Little did he know that his words would still hold true centuries later.
Self-knowledge was his path to embracing each person’s unique personality. Yet this path to self-awareness needs a bit of soul searching. That can be challenging for some people. So, we decided to make it a bit easier.
We rounded up the best five tips to get to know yourself better. These tips will help jump-start your journey into self-reflection. By finding the answers you’ve been looking for, you can start to strive toward your true potential.
Let’s get started.
Tip #1: Be Still
For many people, it’s hard to sit alone in a quiet room and contemplate. They become uncomfortable and agitated.
Still, this is an important step to get to know yourself better. Be brave in the face of your imperfections. As soon as you begin to embrace the good with the bad, you can start discovering your true self.
It’s not necessary to be in a room alone. You may feel more comfortable with soothing music playing or with your favourite pet snuggled beside you, but get comfortable and sit still.
This is the time to ponder who you are and what makes your heartbeat. Be honest with yourself about all of your strengths and weaknesses.
Tip #2: Journal
Journaling is a great way to explore your thoughts and feelings. It also provides a space for you to reflect on your day-to-day experiences.
It can be therapeutic, and you can be completely honest with yourself when no one else is around.
In addition, journaling can help you track patterns in your life. This information can be useful when you’re trying to figure out your goals.
What’s going on in your life? What are your thoughts and feelings? This is a great opportunity to explore everything that makes you all starts when you take the time to sit still and listen to yourself. Think of it as a form of mindfulness meditation where you focus completely on the present moment.
Tip #3: Ask the Right Questions
Too many times, we knock ourselves down through negative self-talk. Instead, talk to yourself as you would a friend. Be kind and show empathy. The best way to do that is by asking self-discovery questions so you can get to know yourself better.
What do you love to do?
What makes you laugh the hardest?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
These simple questions can help guide you toward a better understanding of yourself. Ask them often. Then, answer them in great detail to get to know all of your intricacies.
Write down the answers on post-its and hang them up next to your bed or bathroom mirror. You can also jot the answers down in a journal. In fact, experts say journals are one of the most effective tools of self-awareness.
Here are some more important questions you can ask yourself today:
What are my core values?
Who’s my biggest role model? Why?
What makes me feel safe? Or Who?
What are my short-term and long-term goals?
What are my biggest fears?
What do I love most about myself?
Tip #4: Find Your Strengths
Each one of us is here for a reason. Some of us do certain things better than others. That’s the natural order of things.
Knowing what you’re good at is necessary on the journey of finding who you really are. Focusing on your strengths boosts self-confidence and increases your drive to achieve more. Only then, will you be able to make room for better, more productive things in your life?
Let’s not forget that it’s just as important to figure out what you’re not good at. Allow yourself to try different things. Then, by trial and error, you’ll know exactly what you’re good at and what you should steer clear of.
Interestingly enough, your strengths will almost always align with your core values. Together, they can help you manage your life path, both at home and at work.
Tip #5: Get to Know Your Struggles
Everyone has tough times in their lives. That’s just part of living. But, when you get to know your struggles, you’ll gain valuable insight into yourself. You’ll also be able to determine whether or not certain situations are worth sticking around for.
Here are some questions to get you started:
What is your biggest struggle? Why?
How does that struggle affect your day-to-day life? Why?
Do you know the steps it takes to overcome that struggle? If so, what are they? If not, how can you find them?
Living with deep self-knowledge allows for healthy vulnerability. Vulnerability is when you allow yourself to be completely open and honest with others. When done in a safe environment with supportive people, vulnerability tears down walls built up over time in an effort to protect yourself. It’s necessary in order to achieve real intimacy in relationships. After all, no one wants closeness from someone who hides behind a wall of pretence.
Tip #6: Discover Your Passion
Now that you know what you’re good at, it’s time to hone in on the things that excite you and give your life meaning. This can be one thing or twenty—the point is to follow through.
Having that drive gives you purpose and strength. You savour each moment and push yourself to achieve new goals.
This positive energy you exude when you’re doing something you’re passionate about is vital. It allows you to want to be better and do more. That can only come when you truly enjoy what you’re doing.
How do you find your passion?
What are the top 5 things that make you happiest? Why?
When do you feel most fulfilled? Why?
These questions can help lead you to a more fulfilling life. It takes time, but once it happens, everything is easier and more enjoyable.
Tip #7: Determine Your Sense of Style
Your fashion sense is unique to you. Whether you realize it or not, your style is a form of self-expression. It gives people a quick peek into who you are, as well as your likes and interests. By figuring out your style, you allow yourself to be self-assured and poised in your special way.
Start by going through your wardrobe. Keep the things you believe are a true reflection of who you are. Then, get rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel beautiful and confident.
For inspiration, check out fashion styles online and in magazines. Then, find one that shows off your true self.
This is one form of self-care that will work wonders for your self-esteem. Best of all you won’t just feel good, you’ll also look amazing! Who doesn’t want that?!
I hope you find these tips useful and implement them going into 2022. Let me know which ones you take up doing.