Learning About You
Sometimes we don’t want to learn about ourselves. We feel as if it is an interrogative process, which at times it can be but what we’re really doing is discovering our true self. We are self-reflecting and being honest with ourselves. In other words, we are facing reality and coming to the surface. I believe learning about ourselves is very important and not only that but it gives us a framework-a layout of our strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, and an overall look of things that best suit us. There are a few ways to learn about you. One-way is through flat out experience. As some would say, “Doing Life”. Another is through analysis through a life coach or firm/proven program.
To give you my own experience, I learned about myself through Life. And I truly believe we all do. We learn through the ups and downs, the people we interact with, our jobs, the list could go on and on. But for myself, as a young man I left a full ride scholarship (from Bowling Green State University) to pursue a purpose at the time that I wasn’t sure on. And throughout the following years, I struggled, I cried, and felt lost but through those roller coaster years I really learned about who I was. I tapped into my inner being and identified what was working, how I felt about certain situations, and what I wanted to do. I ran into the right people and picked up self-help books such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and studied myself. And to this day, I am still studying myself-forever growing. But through my experience, what I want to express is that learning about you can be a process, it can take some time and be a struggle at times. However, on the other hand for some it may not be. But knowing who you are is the end result regardless of which path you experience. It is understanding that sets us free and allows us to learn more about ourselves.
So what happens when you do learn about you? Well, there are a myriad of things that can unfold, but from what I have experienced and witnessed is that you become a better you. You improve in certain areas, you become more open, you accept who you are and who you are becoming, you raise your belief, and ultimately you focus on making an impact within you and those around you. You free yourself of bondage and let go of your old self.
A few books that may be helpful are:
- StrengthFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- There are no overachievers by Brian Biro
Lastly, why is this so important? If you never learn, and more importantly learn about you, how can you ever expect your life to change for the better? Really think about that. Looking inward and gaining a self-analysis plays a bigger role than you may believe. By doing so, you open your life up to more possibilities-more potential to do more and Be more. So look at the process as a revealing of who you really are. I always say, take off the mask and show your true self. It may be scary, but it is refreshing and encouraging. Be open to learn, be open to Change.
Extra ideas to help:
-Yoga (no its not all about being flexible) I’d recommend Josie Lelito
-Joining a self-help group (Some may say mastermind)
– Finding a mentor or life coach
– Expert of the Mind and Behavior
– Study through programs, books, and apply your learning