What’s my identity? How to learn to know yourself

This month, we move on to Self Development in The Organised Life Project. We’ll take some time to really discover who we are, our strengths and skills, our goals, hopes and dreams – and we’ll start putting some things into place to help those dreams to come true. Sounds huge? Well, yes, it is. But how often do we really take time to think about this kind of thing?

When you become a parent, you undergo a huge shift in your identity. You stop being yourself, and for a few years, the role of ‘parent’ takes centre stage. It’s very easy to forget who we are when this happens. It’s even harder to try to remember who you are when you start to come out of the sleep deprivation.

What’s my identity?

There’s a quote which is attributed to Socrates: “To know theyself is the beginning of wisdom.” Honestly, I think that’s a very inward, almost self-obsessed way of looking at the world, but I also think there are huge advantages in knowing ourselves.

To know how you function best, to know your strengths and skills, and to be able to articulate your dreams will certainly help you to feel more in control. You’ll work out what you really want to do – and you’ll be able to put measures in place for when you feel out of your comfort zone.

Ultimately, you’ll be happier and you’ll be able to find purpose in your life. That’s pretty important!

How to learn to know yourself

I’ve put together 7 key areas which I want you to think about this week. I’d strongly suggest writing down your reflections as you may like to go back through them and even change them.

  1. What are the most important things in my life? Think about a typical week. What are the things that it is most important that you do? That you attend? That you participate in?
  2. What are my interests and talents? What are you passionate or curious about?
  3. What is your temperament or personality like? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What makes you angry? What makes you happy? Do you need to plan, or are you happy to go with the flow?
  4. Think about a 24 hour period. When are you at your best? When do you need to be alone? Do you need time at home to recharge?
  5. What have been the highlights of your life? What did you learn about yourself through this?
  6. What have been the lowest points of your life? What did you learn about yourself?
  7. What are your core values? What are the most important ideas/purposes in your life? If you’d like a more detailed step-by-step guide, have a look at this one: Personal Core Values

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