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Know Thyself, Better

We are moving into the last days of this year. Life has been cracked wide open and the pieces are coming together. Our vision of ourselves has been challenged and tested in so many ways. We see so much more of ourselves and while many of us did this purposefully, many didn't. We need to keep going.

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, let's make it a bit easier.

Take these tips to help you on 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 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 #2: Ask the Right Questions

Too many times, we knock ourselves down through negative self-talk. Instead, talk to yourself as you would a friend or a loved one. Be kind and show empathy. The best way to do that is by asking self-discovery questions so you can dig down a little more and start uncovering your true soul self.

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, your journal is one of the most effective tools of self-awareness!

Here are some 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?

Tip #3: 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 clea