Step One of Success: Knowing Yourself
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau
What do you want?
Would you say that you know yourself well? Unearth more of what is in store for you and unlock skills, talents, and traits within yourself. One of the hardest questions to answer is also one of the simplest and most profound: what do you want?
Whether it’s your personal or professional life, a short-term or long-term situation, it’s not an easy question to fully answer. Your desires can seem to change every year, every week, every day, sometimes multiple times a day. Stop and think for a moment – what do you want right now? Is it different from what you want tomorrow?
As you grow older, face more challenges, finish school and enter the work force, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and of your dreams. Some people may live their whole lives just doing what was expected of them, never discovering what they truly wanted. It’s never too late to wake up from the trance of your regular routine, to turn off the cruise control of your life.
After you ask yourself all these questions…
It could take days or weeks to discover what is true for you. If you don’t think you’ve found the right answer, don’t be afraid of experimenting – you might fall in love with what you find. At worst, you won’t like it and won’t have to try it again. Every attempt to get to know yourself is essential progress on the road to your happiness and fulfillment.
“The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Stay positive on your journey to becoming a happier you. Good and bad experiences will teach you more about yourself and ultimately guide you to discovering what you want out of life.