Many people don’t know who they are. They believe they are who the world says they should be. They live being defined by their physical appearance, their intelligence, their job, their possessions, their wealth or the car they drive.
Do yourself a favour, believe you are more than that. They key to happiness and contentment is living as your authentic self.
Take some time over the next week to discover more about yourself. Take out a piece of paper or your journal and ask yourself these questions taken from Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Although this is written for teens, it can apply to any age.
- Think of a person who made a positive difference in your life. What qualities does that person have that you would like to develop?
- Imagine 3 years from now- you are surrounded by the most important people in your life. Who are they and what are you doing?
- If a steel beam (6 inches wide) were placed across two skyscrapers, for what would you be willing to cross? A thousand dollars? A million? Your child? Your partner? Your pet? Fame?
- If you could spend one day in a great library studying anything you wanted, what would you study?
- Describe a time when you were deeply inspired.
- List 10 thing you love to do. It could be singing, dancing, looking at magazines, drawing, reading, decorating, writing, photography, building or fixing things…anything you love to do.
- Five years from now, your local paper does a story about you and they want to interview three people….a parent, a spouse/partner, a friend. What would you want them to say about you? What do you want your co-workers to say about you?
- Think of something that represents you…a rose, a song, an animal….Why does it represent you?
- If you could spend an hour with any person who ever lived, who would that be? Why that person? What would you ask?
- Everyone has one or more talents. What are yours? Photography? Decorating? Writing? Organizing? Building things? Good with numbers and/ore details? Encouraging others? Hospitality? Hint: you have more talents than you might think.