We live in an era with an immeasurable amount of new information at our disposal. We are bombarded with facts and stats on a daily basis and expected to expand our knowledge in various ways. Due to such oversaturation of our brains, we might never get the chance to learn more about ourselves.
Getting to know yourself is the best thing you can do. But, what does it actually mean and how can we do it? It means consciously thinking about who you are, what your qualities are, what defines you, and who you want to be.
To accomplish this, we’ve created a list of 4 steps which you should follow. If you follow them closely, you will end up with a better understanding of who you are and create a firm basis for personal growth
1.Learn What You Like and Dislike
One of the worst ways in which you can hinder your personal progress is not knowing what you like and dislike doing. We often do things simply because that is expected of us. You should question this by asking yourself a simple question: “What do I like and dislike doing?”. The answer to this question might surprise you and give you ideas on how to change yourself and your daily habits. If you eliminate things that you dislike doing but you still do every day, you will be a much happier person.
2.Define Your Dreams
If you ask a child what his or her dream is, they will give you an answer even at 2 AM in the morning. However, for somewhere on the way of becoming an adult, this answer becomes more and more blurry. When we reach adulthood, most of us have no answer to this simple question. To get to know yourself better and give your life a purpose, you should define your dreams and strive to accomplish them.
3.Understand Your Body
This might sound strange, but a lot of people do not understand their body. Body and mind are two inseparable entities of a personality, so knowing yourself means understanding both of them. Our body often reflects who we are and how we feel in quirky involuntary movements, changes in heart rate and breathing, by sweating, shivers, and so on. Being able to understand these patterns and knowing when and why they happen is an important step in getting to know yourself and regaining control over your body.
4.Learn About Your Core Values
Your core values are the principles that should guide you through life. These are the ultimate truths in your life that nothing should be able to change. Some examples that you can think of are integrity, honesty, flexibility, security and adventurousness. You can have many more, or you can have much less; it does not matter as long as you feel that they are part of you and you can always identify with them.