6 Steps to Discover Your True Self

6 Steps to Discover Your True Self
From Recruiter - January 17, 2017

Article by Adam Smith

To truly know yourself is the most important skill you can possess. When you know who you are, you know what you need to doinstead of looking for permission from others to do what you already know you ought to do. It allows you to bypass tons of frustration caused by putting time into the wrong things. Yes, life is supposed to be full of trial and error, but knowing yourselflets you find the best areas in which toexperimentin the first place. Once you know yourself, you will become more confident, you will understand your purpose, and you will begin making a bigger impact on the world.

How can you learn who you are and what you ought to do in life? Here are the six steps you need to take:

1. Be Quiet

You cannot and will not be able to know yourself until you take the time to be still. Many people dont know themselves because any sort of silence scares them; its too uncomfortable to be alone with every one of their flaws staring back at them. However, itisnt until you allow yourself to bealone that you can evaluate yourself andbe completely truthful with yourself. Then, you will actually be able to see every facet of your lifethe good and the bad. Be quiet and discover your true self.

2. Realize Who You Truly Are, Not Who You Want to Be

I know you already have a set idea of who you desperately want to be, but it might not be who you were designed to be; this is why knowing who you really are is so important. When you know who you are, you will finally see where you and your specific gifts fit into the bigger picture.

Although there are many points along your journey that can help you discover yourself, the best way to begin is to take a personality test and the StrengthsFinder test. (If it has been five or more years since youve completed either of these, take them again.)

No, these self-evaluations arent perfect, but they do pinpoint your top strengths, which will allow you tofocus on the change you were meant to bring into the world.

3. Find Out What You Are Good at (and Not Good At)

This might be the most difficult step in the process of finding out whoyou are, but its a necessary one. Sure, it takes trial and error to find what youre good at, and no, I dont want you to give up before youve made more than enough attempts, but knowing when to quit is a lessoneveryone needs to learn.

Quit when youve put in ample time and your efforts arent giving back in return. What is ample time? Only you can decide that. But when you quit correctly, it isnt giving up, its making room for something better. When your actions do nothing but drain yourather than produce more passion and increase your drive to do morethats a good sign it is time to focus elsewhere. Your strengths will show you who you are.


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