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7 Steps To Self Discovery

Posted Jun 27 2008 4:09pm

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Do you know yourself well?

Are you clear about you want in life? Have a sense of purpose?

What defines you?

What makes you happy?

If you stop to think for a second, you may find that you have answered “no” or “don’t really know” to most of the questions above. It may also be that while you are happy with some parts of your life, there are many parts that you do not like. Not being happy overall with your life is an indication of a disconnection with your inner Being, that you will need to correct.

Up till now, it is very possible that you have no clear idea of who you really are. In all likelihood, you’ve not spend enough time getting to know yourself. Perhaps, a greater proportion of your time is spent on working long hours, in a job that you have no love for, comparing yourself with the Joneses, putting up a false front or complaining about other people’s behaviour. Your mind is just too preoccupied with distracting thoughts. If anything else, these are stuff that you hope to be defined by: a big house, BMW, and designer labels like Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

Unfortunately, not knowing yourself well can result in a meaningless and unhappiness existence. You have no charge of who You really are. You allow your emotions and decisions to be externally dictated because you have no clear idea about what your inner values, core beliefs and goals are. Instead, you adopt the values, core beliefs and opinions of your friends, colleagues or parents, as your own. You have no clue about what your personal boundaries are, even if they have been violated. While others can count on you for support, you are not sure that you can count on yours for yourself.

How self discovery is related to the law of attraction is obvious. If you have no clear idea of who you are, you will have no clarity in what you want or seek. You send mixed signals out to the Universe. Your intents keep changing by the day. One day, you may wish dearly for a job promotion and be the best Software Engineer in town. Then, the next day, you may wish to go back to your first love - writing. On the third day, you decide that running a dropshipping website selling luxury watches sounds appealing.

Because some of your intents cancel each other out, the net energy vibration for your true desire is of a lower frequency. By the Law of Attraction, it will be hard to “attract” the outcomes that you want because your intention is not strong and focused enough. Don’t believe me? Read mymetal spoon bending experiencehere. Hence, to begin with, it would help if you know yourself well and what you intend to manifest.

Blockages To Self Discovery

It dawned on me recently, that many of my friends experience the same blockages to self discovery. While they have agreed with me the importance of knowing oneself, nobody took action. Yet, I see them in confusion, misery and indecision of what to work towards. On reflection, I realised that their current state was how it was for me previously. It took me a long time to want to even know myself well.

So, ask yourself if the following is true of you:

Fear Of Finding Demons

You fear the process of examining your life under a microscope. You are afraid of discovering that there can be demons in the closet. What terrifies you is that in the process of self discovery, you can come to the conclusion that you are worthless. Or that you are not very likeable. Rather than put yourself in pain, you would prefer to stay unaware about these demons and pretend that everything is fine.

From young, you are also taught to appear strong: don’t cry or display signs of weakness. You are warned that consequences of appearing weak or emotional or needing help can be severe, because you’ve observed that only those that appear strongest survive. You believe that there is no place for weepy Souls on this planet if you want to get ahead in life.

“I am afraid to show you who I really am, because if I show you who I really am, you might not like it–and that’s all I got.”

Sabrina Ward Harrison quotes

By acknowledging who You really are, you are afraid that others may find that out the same truths too. You fear losing their friendships. Hence, you prefer that others do not know about any signs of vulnerability or weakness that you have. It can be hard to admit that you are not all that great, especially if you are holding a leadership position. Your ego is at stake here. You prefer to put on a mask rather than be your true authentic Self.

In the popular Disney movie, Mulan knew who she was but did not dare reveal her true Self. Listen to what she say (or sang) in the song “Reflections” below…

When you avoid the process of self discovery, you are basically in denial of the real You. You appear to be functioning but simmering underneath, are your sabotaging thoughts and beliefs. Because you have never confronted your demons, they are still very much alive. You may not realise it but they are probably the reasons why success has eluded you or why you have never been truly happy.

Lack of Self Love

You may have never been taught to love yourself, from young. How can it be possible to love and accept yourself, if you have been handed more criticisms than encouragement? So you have grown up, not really knowing who you really are or what your strengths are.

There has never been a need to, in any case. Since it has always been about others. You crave for social acceptance. It would seem far better to adopt traits, ideas and behaviors of people who are popular and those whom you choose to emulate. You believe that there is nothing worthy within to find out, based on your low sense of Self.

It Is Best To Stifle Your Creativity And Dreams

You have also been taught that it is best to stifle your dreams. “It’s easier to make a living on an Economics degree than on a degree in design,” you were told at the age of 7. You were taught to choose a career choice based on what would be more financially viable by industry standards than your own personal likes and natural inclinations. Even while you have an innate talent for art, you came to the conclusion that it is best not to develop it.

As you grow older, you have fewer and fewer dreams. After all, dreams seldom come true, you say. You allow your dreams - which are essentially a reflection of your inner desires - to die!

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.”

Marsha Norman quotes (American Playwright and Dramatist won Pulitzer (1983) for her play Night Mother. b.1947)

Too Much Noise

There is so much noise and stress in your life, that there is hardly any time for self discovery. You lead a busy lifestyle, with important datelines to fulfill and schedules that need to run like clockwork. You simply do not have the time to find answers that may or may not result in paying the bills for you. You would rather continue life as before. If you have been functioning so far, why rock the boat?

In your environment, you may find that what thrives are mindless gossips, unfair comparisions, snide remarks, and thoughtless comments. If your thoughts are filled with these mental defilements, it will be hard to find the space for more loving and kind thoughts. The process of self discovery is not just about finding negatives about yourself. It is also about finding love for yourself and nuturing yourself.

Steps To Self-Discovery

1. Face Your Demons.Understandably, examining your life under a microscope can be discomforting and an unpleasant exercise. I know that. I have been through it. However, you will be grateful for starting the process of self discovery, because rewards unfold when you know more about yourself.


You need to confront your emotional issues and weaknesses, because they reveal the seperation from the real You. The real You is an authentic, loving and nuturing self. However, these negative parts add destructive layers to your Being, causing you distress and disharmony.

Negative beliefs tend to pervade every aspect of your life. If you have feelings of low self worth, then you are likely to carry them in the relationships you have at home, in the office, with your friends, relatives and loved ones.

If you find yourself coming up short, do not beat yourself up either. Instead, understand the seperation and see if you can make improvements to your behavior, thoughts and emotions. Uncovering answers will help peel off layer-by-layer the negative thoughts that have been imprinted in your mind since ages ago. These negative thoughts and beliefs have been your obstacles to inner growth. UseEFT tappingto negate them.Learn to forgive yourself. When your outer Self is aligned with your inner Being, you will feel happy and free!

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

2. Recognise Your Strengths.The process of self discovery is not just about unearthing nasty stuff about yourself. It is also about honoring your strengths and abilities. As you become more aware of what you are good at, you lessen the list on weaknesses. You need tolearn to love yourself.

“You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, “I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.”

Mariah Carey quotes (American Singer. b.1970, New York,USA)

Usually, your position of strengths come from your interests and hobbies. List down activities that you enjoy currently or have enjoyed in the past. Find out what makes your heart sing. Find out what keeps you excited. Find out what inspires you. These are the things that define You.

3. Ask Yourself: What Is Your Life Purpose?It is important to ask yourself what you want out of life and work towards it. Having a purpose that connects to your inner Being is fulfilling. Without a purpose and direction, you are going to feel like a ship which is going nowhere. I can assure you that if you don’t go through this process of evaluation on what your purpose is, you are going to experience regret while on your deathbed.

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

Robert Byrne Quotes

Steve Pavlina suggested a way ofdiscovering your life purpose in 20 minutes. Basically, you list down everything you would like to achieve. The one that stands out is the one that has made you cry or that has resonated best with you. You may also want to use the opportunity to consider your life goals in all aspects: physical, mental and spiritual.

4. Clarify Your Core Values.In the questioning process, ask yourself what your personal values are. Core values will be things like compassion, honesty, love, kindness, loyalty, etc. Clarifying your core values will give you an exact picture of who You are.

When I first went through this process, I had no clear idea of what my core values are. I suspected I had none. To assist myself, I imagined myself in a couple of roles and asked myself what my values were in each case: as a mother, wife, daugther and entrepreneur.

It is important your actions are supported by your core values and fundamentals. If not, you will find yourself in self sabotage. The ability to reach your highest potential is severely curtailed!

5. Find Inspiration From Things Around YouSelf improvement books have been particularly helpful for me, in discovering more about myself. They include Jack Canfield’sDare to Win, Jerry Porras’Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Mattersand in understanding ego, Eckhart Tolle’sThe Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. These books prompt me to ask questions about myself and how I would want to live my life. Hence, if you still find it difficult to know yourself, look for books and coaches for help.

Being with Nature is also a good idea. You tend to connect better to your inner Being, when you are more relaxed. The answers that you seek, while in a state of mental relaxation, surface more easily.

6. Spend Time Alone.To know a person, is to spend time with him or her. In the same manner, to build a relationship with yourself, you need to spend time getting to know more about yourself. You cannot know Yourself well, if you are surrounded by lots of noise, friends and family, or if you are always preoccupied in your mind and with things to do.

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”

Oscar Wilde quotes (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)

To kickstart the process of self discovery, it may be a good idea to go on a retreat. This is especially if you find it hard to think clearly amidst the everyday mayhem that is going on in your life. To know yourself intimately, make an exclusive date - away from your spouse or partner, kids, colleagues, boss and parents.

Time alone to meditate and reflect is productive time. You cannot expect to function well physically everyday, if you are out of balance in other aspects such as mentally and spiritually. Very importantly, consider putting aside “me” time on a regular basis. For myself, I choose to spend “me” time meditating, reading books or simply just Be.

7. Journalling.You can get to know yourself better through the process of journalling. Consider starting a blog, just like this one. Write about your likes and dislikes, and reactions to your various experiences. As you write, you are connecting to your deeper Self. Your posts can provide much needed clues about your emotions, strengths, weaknesses and areas that you never knew about yourself. They provide an opportunity for you to heal and grow.

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

Orison Swett Marden quotes

Need more ideas of what you can do in self loving? Consider Jonathan’s suggestions here on theart of self loving; a puja to yourself.

A Lifetime Of Self Discovery

Self discovery is not an a one-day or a one-week affair. In fact, it can take a lifetime of buiding a relationship with yourself. Also, do note that your inner Self is not going to stay constant either. You are evolving all the time. Based on your self discovery at any point in time, you make conscious decisions for changes. Additionally, as you mature, you gain insights that make up theNew You.

You become clearer and clearer, in the intent that you sent out to the Universe. Because this intent is in perfect alignment with the real You, you do not experience any conflict or sabotage. The energy vibration of your intent is pure, untainted and strong. By the Law of Attraction, you attract the very thing that resonates well with your Being.

In conclusion, the more you know yourself, the more empowered you are going to be. A clear self understanding results in renewed confidence, centeredness and strength.You Live Purposely and Are Truly Happy!

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