Do you know the one question that many people have an issue answering? It does not matter the circumstances when asked this question it leaves many baffled. Have you figured it out yet? If you haven’t I will tell you and the question is “Who are You?” It is even harder when they say “Tell me about yourself”. The reality is most people do not know themselves well enough to respond to these questions.
If you ask the average person they will give you their name, age, and address. If you tell me your name is Chris Henry, those are only two words. These two words were given by your parents, but it does not makeup who you are. Other than those three things who are you? This is the question of your lifetime. Once you take the time to look for the answer you will find EXACTLY what you have been looking for.
Try this exercise that only takes five minutes:
- Step 1: Make a list of your aptitudes (your natural talents and things you are good at.
- Step 2: Make a list of your specialized knowledge (training, expertise. Things you know about or how to do).
- Step 3: Make a list of your core philosophies (what do you believe, your worldviews, beliefs about money and love)
Check out this video by Eric Coplen Who goes into detail about this process
The next step that I would like you to take is to find out what it is you want out of life. If it is to work for yourself figure out what you would like to be doing. If you want more money how much exactly do you want? The goal is to become specific about what it is that you want to achieve. Write your response down on a note card or a piece of paper. Carry this around with you and read it often. This is the art of goal setting.
What Self-Awareness Is
What is self-awareness? Being self-aware is about the process of understanding ourselves. Knowing ourselves means that we are able to assess several dimensions of ourselves. Self-awareness is the foundation of personal growth and success. For a long time, I didn’t even know who I was because when it came to asking myself these questions. It forced me to face reality. The reality of not being where I wanted to me in life. Not only in life but within myself. I was existing. I was not living the life that I dreamed of. What I found is that if I didn’t like the results that I was getting something was going to have to change. The only way this change could take place is If chose to search within me.
Self- awareness is about knowing the things we can do well. It is about understanding our weaknesses and present limitations. While allowing us to discover what is that we want, or what we do not want. It is about finding our authenticity. Authenticity is the true nature of ourselves. We cannot be authentic imitating someone else. Yes, we can learn from others, but there is no value in trying to be someone else. The real you are the thoughts that you have. The reason behind the passions that you choose to pursue. Your character and attitude show who you are. By being authentic only then can we be an inspiration to others.
Have faith in who you are and who you aspire to be. Speak life into yourself even if you are not where you want to be in that moment. There is a freedom that comes from knowing yourself. As well as a feeling of empowerment and self-confidence. You have to audit who you actually are. Self-awareness isn’t only betting on your strengths. It is also accepting your shortcomings. Being at peace with yourself and your skill set is such an important part of this. Your shortcomings have the ability to allow you to be great. Self-awareness at its finest is accepting your shortcomings and accentuating your strengths.