Know Yourself

know yourself To know yourself is your first priority!

How can you realistically set goals, go about life and have successful relationships if you don't know who you are or what you want?  You really can't. 

Not knowing yourself will lead to confusion and wasting much time in hit and miss situations.

We tend to underestimate the importance of knowing ourselves. Many of us go through each day reacting to events and just getting by rather than making conscious choices based on who we are and what we want.

When we don't know where we are headed it's hard to set goals, get motivated and determine the best course of action. Before we can do any of these things we must establish who we are.

To know yourself:

  • Be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes
  • Observe and be aware of your moods, reactions and responses to what is happening around you
  • Become aware of how these moods and emotions affect your state of mind
  • Examine how you interact with others
  • Observe how your environment affects you

Knowing and understanding yourself better, in turn, leads to better decision making, setting and reaching appropriate goals and ultimately living more a productive life.

There are many interesting personality tests and evaluations for self-discovery that can help you become more in tune to yourself and are also fun to do.

Two powerful tools I found exceptionally helpful are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI) and The Enneagram.

Not only do these tools help you understand yourself better and what drives some of your behaviors, they also help you understand and get along better with others.

The MBTI is often used in employee training, marriage counseling and personal development.

Some fun quizzes to take include:

The Personality Page
The Enneagram Personality Indicator

Develop a Healthy Self-Concept
Love Yourself - The Art of Self-Acceptance
How to Build Self-Confidence

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