Know Yourself - Who are you? What do you stand for? What is your passion?
Know who you are and live your life for that person.
One psychology technique divides knowledge of a person into four types: What the person and others know about the person; what the person knows about him/herself that others don't know; what others know about the person that the person doesn't know about him/herself; and what no one knows about the person. This begs the question, "What do you really know about yourself?"
You know your roles in life, your physical attributes, and details of your life. But, who are you way down deep in your core? What do you stand for? What is your passion? Some people can answer those questions without hesitation, but often it isn't so clear.
People are so busy making a living and living their lives that they miss this critical piece of who they are. Instead they go through the motions each day in automatic mode doing what they believe they should be doing, but not necessarily being true to themselves and who they really are. Even people who ask themselves these questions don't often find an easy answer. But, the keys to who you are sneak out when least expected.
Sometimes something happens and you find yourself more upset about it than you think you should be. This may be as simple as it was a bad day and this was the hundredth thing to go wrong. However, it may also be an indication that something very important to you was involved in the situation. It is only with analyzing the situation that you may discover something that you may not have consciously been aware of about yourself. This can run the gamut from realizing you really are a perfectionist, to finding that you are more strongly protective of your children than you realized, to realizing you are passionate about something.
It is also important to realize that everything you hear, read, or observe is done so with filters, which have formed over your lifetime. What you hear in the other person's statements or read into their actions says more about who you are and what is important to you than it does about who they are. Filters are the reason that there will be as many different versions to what happened during a crime as there are witnesses. So, look at the statements you make. Look at your actions. What does it say about what is important to you?
Once you identify something that is part of the core of who you are, ask yourself, "Am I living my life in support of this part of me?"
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