As I wrote in the previous post, personal growth consists of three elements. These elements are knowing yourself, knowing where you want to be, and knowing how to get to there. Knowing your self is the first element and this is what I am going to write about in this post.
The importance of knowing yourself comes from the fact that it is the starting point for everything to come after. Everything to come later will depend on the first step “knowing yourself”. If you fail to know who you are then you will fail to reach where you want to be. Personally, I don’t mind spending a long period of time at this stage until I reach satisfying results.
I know, knowing yourself is not an easy task like it seems to be. When I said “knowing yourself” I’m not talking about your likes or dislikes or your favorite food and places. I am talking about what is deep inside you, what makes you think and react the way you do every day. I know also that knowing everything about yourself can be impossible no matter how hard you try. However, the more you know yourself the easier it will be for you to know your destination (where you want to be). The more you know yourself the higher the results will be. There are three elements which I think will help to get anyone closer to knowing themselves.
First, Wake up and notice what is going wrong. Observe your life, is everything going OK? Can you sense anything going wrong? We tend to feel uncomfortable when things are not going our way or not going as we expected them to go, are you feeling that? Observing your life is an important step toward Self-awakening.
Second, discover your Core Values. Observing your life will get you closer to knowing and understanding your core values. Your core values should be the base of all other values in your life. Your values can be wealth, honesty, power.. etc. There are some tests and websites that can help you to determine your core values, use them. Your core values are what define you, so find out what are they.
Third, Your strengths and weaknesses. Your strengths are the things that create value for yourself such as being hard worker, good speaker and so on. Weaknesses are the things that take out some of your value such as being greedy, untrustworthy, and ignorant. You cannot get to know yourself if you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses. So if you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses it will be difficult for you to know yourself and where you are at this point of your life. Go and find out what are your strengths and weaknesses are.
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