One way to improve your quality of life is to get to know yourself better. What do you want out of life? What makes you happy? What are your goals and how do you achieve them? These are some of the questions that will be answered when you get to know yourself better.
You can’t be truly happy or make good decisions concerning your future if you don’t know what you want out of life. Taking the time to really get to know yourself and becoming more mindful are important steps to being more confident and advocating for your own needs in your relationships.
Make the Effort to Know Yourself
Do you ever feel like you are being swept away by others’ decision making? Or do you go along with the decisions of friends or family, when you really desire a different outcome? When you know and understand yourself better, you won’t feel as conflicted when faced with important decisions – and you’ll be able to discuss your needs and concerns without the anxiety that comes with being unable to advocate for yourself.
When you know and understand yourself better, you won’t feel as conflicted when faced with important decisions – and you’ll be able to discuss your needs and concerns without the anxiety that comes with being unable to advocate for yourself.
You also have better self-control, tolerance for others and the self-assurance you need to resist social pressure when tempted or coaxed to do something you don’t agree with.
How to Get to Know Yourself Better
- Determine your values and the set the moral code that you want to live by. Do you consider yourself an honest person with integrity? Do you find comfort in helping others less fortunate than yourself? Are you a loyal friend? Your morals or values say a lot about who you really are.
- Discover your own unique personality. What are you really like? How do you feel when you meet strangers? Are you shy and withdrawn or do you enjoy drawing attention to yourself? Do you enjoy spending time alone or do you prefer the company of others? How do you respond in emergencies? Is financial security important or do you consider yourself a free spirit? Are you ambitious and go after what you want or do you wait for opportunities to come your way? Knowing your own personality will help you understand why you react the way you do during different situations.
- Decide what you want your future to be like. Where do you want to be 5, 10 or even 20 years from now? What accomplishments do you hope to achieve and what type of relationship are you searching for? When you know what you want out of life it will help you achieve your goals faster and easier.
- Focus on your own interests and what you enjoy doing. How do you like to spend your free time? Do you enjoy watching or playing sports? What type of movies, TV shows and music do you like? What gets you excited and brightens up your day? The things you’re interested in helps to define you as an individual.
- Discover your strengths and weaknesses. What special skills or talents do you have? Are you the one that responds quickly and takes control in emergency situations or do you look to others for guidance? When you know your strengths and weaknesses, it helps to improve your self-esteem, build confidence and it helps you put things in perspective.
Getting to know yourself has many benefits starting with your own happiness. How can you expect to be happy if you don’t even know what makes you that way? When you know yourself, you can make plans and set goals to accomplish the things that are important to you, personally. It will also help you make better decisions about your future because you’ll know what you want out of life, which makes it easier to reach your goals.
You define yourself as an individual when you don’t compromise your beliefs or blindly follow the crowd because you don’t know what you really want out of life. It will help you be true to yourself and that is the path to true happiness.
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About Cynthia Rusincovitch
Cynthia is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer. She was in corporate marketing for 15 years before leaving it to focus on family. She started blogging as a way to nourish the desire to work while balancing the joys and duties that come with having more kids than hands. She is married to an aerospace engineer who likes to man the grill and has 3 daughters – a teenager and two toddlers. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and Pinterest.