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KNOWING YOURSELF!

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Knowing yourself is the first and most important part of living a holistic balanced life. Life is a journey. It is an ongoing process and not always about the end achievement. The end achievement gives you the satisfaction that you have completed a process in your life and the self confidence to continue your growth as a human being as you continue on your life's journey and learning about yourself. The satisfaction comes from the steps taken through the process. I recently read an blog from Psychology Today by Meg Selig about the building blocks of self. She used the mnemonic VITALS in self knowledge.


Values: What is important to me? What is my motivation that drives my decisions and goals? What is the usefulness and worth of something?


Interests: What are my passions? What are my hobbies? What do I pay attention to and are concerned with?


Temperament: What is my natural predisposition and inborn preferences? It is the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a living being.


Around-the -clock Activities: This refers to your biorhythms meaning the rhythms of your life. Our bodies respond to the sun, moon and seasons. Our "biologic clock" is located in the brain and help control our body functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure. These biorhythms can be programmed and influenced by environmental factors.


Life Mission and Goals: What has been the most meaningful events in my life? By looking back at these events, we can see patterns in our life and learn about ourselves and gain a self knowledge to our mission and purpose along our life's journey.


Strengths and Skills: What are my abilities, talents, and skills? What are my gifts given to me by God? What are my character traits, such as respect, fairness, integrity, loyalty, empathy, compassion, emotional intelligence and more? This is the foundation of self confidence and self esteem. Knowing my strengths can help me discover my gifts and talents so I can use them in my life's purpose and stay connected in my community.


If I never know my true self, then I will just go through the motions in life and never know my interconnectedness with others and never know my purpose or destiny. My emotions will become out of control and cause problems for me mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. I will not be able to have an inner peace, happiness, self control, self management, self sufficiency, or self righteousness (which is living to a higher standard and gains respect by others). Knowing my true self leads to self confidence and positive self esteem which helps me to live a holistic balanced life.







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