5 Things to Know About Yourself

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The key to figuring out whats not working in your life is to truly understand yourself on a level you've probably never tried before.

Most of us go through life going through the motions: work, bills, sleep. In this type of cycle, we not only lose sight of who we were, but we don't notice the changes that lead us to becoming the person we are today.

Then, one day we wake up and don't even recognize the person staring back at us. 

Here is a list of the 5 best things to know about yourself:

1. Your strengths: 

Knowing what you're good at is beneficial to making better decisions and knowing which career, relationship, and overall choices are best for you. For example, if you're not comfortable with talking to people, you wouldn't accept a job in phone sales. If you don't like to travel, you don't marry a pilot. It's beneficial emotionally and mentally, for you and those around you to understand and accept your strengths.

2. Your weaknesses

Everyone has flaws. Sometimes, we are so consumed by things that go wrong that we don't realize we might have been to blame. You see, knowing your flaws helps you learn to love yourself unconditionally.  Awareness is the first step in making a choice in either developing our weaknesses into strengths or working around them.

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

- alph Waldo Emerson

 

3. Your fears

Knowing your fears helps you set boundaries and goals. Are these fears ones that you want to eliminate? Fears that hinder you from achieving your goals? Fears that paralyze you into living an unhealthy life? Can you live with these fears for the rest of your life? If not, how will you get rid of these fears?

4. Your motivations

Motivation is the difference between living the life you've always dreamed of or simply going through the motions. What motivates you to wake up in the morning? What motivates your anger? What motivates you to go to work every day?

5. Your values

Compromise, we do it every single day. We do it with our kids, our family and our friends. In doing so, however, we also compromise our values. Have you ever said you'd never put up with a liar or a cheater and then, end up spending years in a relationship that is the complete opposite of what you said you'd never do? And what did you do afterwards?

What do you stand for? What do you believe in? What is most important to you? Is it truth? Trust? Loyalty? Knowing your values is what makes you who you are? These are the things that you won't compromise.