What Should I Know About Myself
They say when you’re a teenager, you’re selfish and full of angst, but when you’re a young adult, you’re all grown up, right? Yes, it certainly is true that when you’re a teenager, you may sometimes be selfish. You may have trouble listening to your parents, sisters, etc.
You have a lot going on inside your head, and sometimes you may not understand your parents well.
Then again, by the time you’re a young adult, you’ve already learned a lot about yourself and have grown a lot. There are different things people should know about themselves. It could either be emotionally, physically, or psychologically.
7 Important Things You Need to Know About Yourself
In the age of instant information, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and confused, especially when you’re trying to figure out who you are, why you’re here, and what your purpose is.
Self-improvement is something that many aspire to: to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. But is it really possible to be the best version of yourself? How different is the best you, really, from the person you were yesterday?
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” — Kaf.
I was determined on knowing myself. I think it is important to start with self-awareness because the more you know about yourself, the more authentic you can be.
Loving yourself is about being truthful with yourself. How can you love yourself if you don’t know who you are?
Loving yourself is also about celebrating your strength and accepting your mistakes. I find it helpful to list down what I know about myself. When you are stressed, anxious, or depressed, you forget everything you know about yourself.
Having a list that you can go back to will help you remember who you are. Let us begin by listing what I think you should know about yourself.
Below are seven things to know about yourself.
1. Knowing Your Strength
Whether you’re a beginner or a natural-born athlete, strength training can help you build lean muscle mass, improve your performance, and help ease joint pain. – Kaf
Knowing what you do the best helps you get more things done with little time. When you are doing things you are good at, you feel like the best. You don’t feel like it’s hard. Your strengths probably earn you the most money, too. So own your strengths, make use of your strength, and try to improve them.
If you do not know what your strengths are, ask your friends to tell you what they think you are good at. Start collecting pleasant words that people said about you. For example, someone you know might tell you, “you are honest”. You can decide to jot it down.
2. Know Your Weaknesses
As humans, we all have a number of weaknesses. Some of them are big: obesity, smoking, poor health habits, alcohol abuse, and other addictive behaviors.
To love yourself unconditionally, you need to accept that you are not perfect and that you can make mistakes. Accepting your weaknesses means admitting that you are bad at some things and trying to improve on them.
We are usually hard on ourselves because of our weaknesses. It’s important to know that there is nothing wrong with having weaknesses, what really matters is mastering them ti improve on them and/or use them to your advantage.
Focusing on something you enjoying doing helps you in mastering it, and mastering it makes it your strength, while also striving to master your weaknesses and improve on them.
3. Know What You Like
It’s funny because it’s true. Deciding is one of the hardest parts of being an adult. You try something and if you don’t like it, it can be an enormous hassle to change it. It can feel like you’re stuck in a rut.
The only way to love yourself is doing what you love or doing something that makes you feel happy whenever you are doing it, and do more of what you like.
If you don’t know what your passion is, you would not know how to do more of what you love.
You can also make a list of what you love and what you don’t like. From these lists, you can choose your career.
4. Knowing What You Hate
We all have things we hate, things that we rarely want to think about, or experiences that leave us shaking our heads in embarrassment. It takes courage to delve into the deep recesses of our minds and uncover what we truly hate.
Knowing what you hate helps you to set boundaries. It is good to set a genuine and sound boundary with people to not hurt yourself. And once you identify the things that spite you, be bold enough to eschew it in totality.
5. Know What You Value
Your values are the things you believe and stand for, and they are also important to you. Knowing your values helps you to identify and connect with people who share the same value as you, be it your friends, your business partner and it could even be your relatives.
Like for me. I believe in being honest, loyal, loving, being genuine and truth to yourself. There is a saying that “it’s better to die for something than to leave for nothing”, know what you are living for.
6. Know Your Motivation
Your purpose is why you get up every morning to do what you do, it’s your motivation for every task, it’s what makes you fulfilled. When you are clear about what your purpose is, you love yourself more.
It is very hard to know your purpose or determination. It might take some time to discover your purpose, but keep thinking until you realize it.
Many people have big dreams, but it’s difficult to follow through.
You’ve got to work hard and keep trying and trying again. Determination makes all the difference, and we want to see how you’re setting your sights on a new goal. You can also ask yourself some questions like:
- What is your goal?
- What obstacles are holding you back?
- What are you willing to do to achieve that goal?
- Why do I enjoy doing this and not that?
- What do I like about these things and not those ones?
- Why do I always enjoy talking about this job and not that job?
You can get a lot of clues by asking yourself the right questions.
As adults, we’re often told that the answers to life’s big questions are hidden deep inside us. That’s true. But the answers are often less exciting than you might expect. We can only access knowledge, wisdom, and truth through the lens of our own experience.
Self-discovery is a continuous program, nobody can know everything about themselves at once. It is very good to study yourself.
We all know that our appearance does not define who we are; however, it is a good idea to take some time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and decide on where you want to focus your energy for better health and well-being.