If you want to to feel more fulfilled in life, further your potential, and see the world through a different lens, focusing on improving yourself will help propel you in that direction. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you can take control over areas of your life that you once thought were impossible.
I am going to break the concept of personal growth down into separate posts since there’s a lot I want to expand on. This is a topic I’ve become extremely passionate about in the past year since I’ve seen the power of it on my mindset and what I thought was possible then vs. now. This first post is going to be on self-awareness and the power of getting to know yourself. Future posts on this topic will be related to then deciding where you want to go, and knowing how to get to that desired outcome.
- GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF
- KNOWING WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
- KNOWING HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to Know Yourself
One of the key areas that can help you in your personal development journey is truly getting to know who you are as a person. Self-awareness has to be at the centerfold so that you know your triggers, why you feel passionately about certain things, and where you need to improve among many other things. Some ways that you can get to know yourself are listed below and many of these have helped me get to some core aspects of who I am. When you’re self aware, it’s easier to better see how your emotions and thoughts direct your life so that you can make changes for the better and improve your mental state.
Personality tests – taking personality tests such as the Enneagram test, the Myers-Briggs test, reviewing your Human Design chart, and others can be the first step you take in revealing some attributes about you that you may not otherwise know. Taking these tests and then doing further research on your results can help you become more clear on your strengths and weaknesses. For example, through taking the Enneagram test, I’ve found that I am a type 2 “Helper”, which has helped show me how I feel most fulfilled.
Therapy – through listening to podcasts, I have found that therapy can be a good option for people who want a place to have someone listen to them with no bias. A therapist is able to ask prompted questions about your childhood, your fears, etc. that can help you get to the core of who you are and why emotions or situations happening now relate to those previous experiences, helping you to re-write the story and remove those barriers to growth as needed.
Meditation – setting aside time to sit with your thoughts and focus on your breathing can bring about lots of buried thoughts and realizations you may not otherwise get to. You can also practice meditation through self-reflection and asking yourself:
- What am I doing that works?
- What am I doing that is blocking my success or truth?
- What can I change or improve?
Learning style assessments – there are benefits to knowing how you best process information, especially as you continue to gain knowledge in your life through resources available to you. If you are a visual learner and are only consuming audio-focused content, the chances of you retaining and implementing what you learn is lessened. If you are unsure which learning style is best for you, here’s a quick questionnaire.
Journaling – this is a great way to simply put your thoughts to paper. It doesn’t have to make sense; it could end up being a bunch of scribbled words on paper but the simple act of externalizing these thoughts helps to relieve your mind of pent-up ideas, making space for new information and ideas to flourish. You can also write in a guided journal similar to this one that can help you reflect on your days and what you can do differently next time, what you felt good about, and what you’re grateful for. Over time, this conditions your mind to help you form productive, new habits and see the good in every day.
Feedback from your network – it’s beneficial to get feedback from friends, family, and coworkers as it gives you insight into how the world perceives you so that you can take that feedback and improve on the negative feedback to allow you to be more effective, reinforcing the positive feedback by continuing to do more of it with a larger audience since it’s proven effective.