What if I told you that a question people spend their whole lives trying to find the answer to can actually be answered overnight? Stick with me here and I’ll show you a step-by-step guide to helping you find your own life’s purpose in just 24 hours.
Self-awareness is often a term that people throw around, mistakenly thinking it applies to them. The reality is that, when understood and used properly, this tool can become the most valuable one in your arsenal. It will allow you to determine both your strengths and your weaknesses, and identify opportunistic areas to press for personal development and growth. In order to truly become self-aware, you have to map out the inner workings of your past, your present and your future. And you have to be real with yourself. No B.S.
Who Are You?
To find the answer you seek, you must first ask yourself another question, Who are you? No, really. Who are you from an existential perspective? You need to look at this question as if you were viewing your own self from 10,000 feet above. Take a moment to reflect on some of the following questions, and make a point to write down your responses to help begin to map out your identity in a nutshell.
- Reflect on your childhood. What background do you come from? Think in terms of financially, socially and from an ethnic perspective.
- What has been the biggest change you’ve made that you are most proud of? Why does it make you proud? Can you apply the same successful formula to your future endeavors?
- Is there something you wish you would have changed more of by now? If so, maybe you should take the extra time to really dig deeper here to determine what it is, why it drives you, and how to control it.
- Think about your current work status. How did you end up here? Will this lead you down the path to eventually create the life you envision? Why are you going to work every day?
- What does your daily routine look like? Does it foster personal growth?
- What kind of mindset do you have throughout the day?
- What interests/hobbies make you feel alive?
- Where do you want to be in 10 years? And why? Will your life or someone else’s life be enriched because you’re there?
- Write down your 3 biggest accomplishments. – What are the underlying reasons these made you feel so proud? What do they all have in common?
- How would the 5 people closest to you describe you in 3 words? Your parents? Acquaintances? Does this reflect your own personal rendition of yourself?
Now, these are just a few questions that can help stimulate your mind to open up enough to view your entire life from an objective perspective. Feel free to add your own questions in there as well. The purpose of this exercise is to become a master at one of the most useful skills that can set you on the path to your “destiny.” When you truly understand yourself as a person and how others view you as well, you have become self aware.
From Who You Are ? To Who You Strive To Be
Now that you know who you are through a deep dive into your past and present experiences, it’s time to create your future. Recap from the previous exercise to fine-tune answers to the following three questions:
- What are both your strengths and weaknesses?
- With your biggest strengths in mind, what did you identify as the most likely areas for growth?
- With your biggest accomplishment in mind, what has driven you to achieve results?
If you take the time to thoughtfully perform these exercises, you should be able to come to a conclusion. Who are you, what are you good at and what drives you? Being able to understand these three questions in the most absolute way, is something most people cannot confidently say that they can do. This is why most people are not successful.
Accentuate your strengths, and outsource functions that call on your weaknesses as much as possible. Press forward with all your will, directly towards the areas you’ve identified as high growth opportunities. Directly align your strengths with your drive and you may succeed every time. Not only may you succeed, but you may feel an awakening. Understanding who you are can take you light-speed to where you want to be.