How well do you know yourself? How do you even answer that question?
You may not know yourself as well as you think.
One of the best ways to learn about someone else is to ask them questions. So why not get to know yourself the same way? This is especially convenient because you don’t have to look for an expert – you are the expert! There are many benefits to getting to know yourself, including greater satisfaction with your life, higher self-confidence, and a better sense of direction for yourself and where you want your life to go. Use these questions to learn more about yourself and live a more meaningful and happier life.
Guide to Self-Discovery
- What are the mistakes I continue to make? Why?
Reflecting on your mistakes is an important part of personal growth. And by reflecting on mistakes that you may continue to make can give you insight not just on where you could improve, but the reason for why you keep making that mistake. You can find success without doing anything other than reflecting on and not repeating the same mistakes!
- How do I distract myself?
Knowing how you distract yourself can make you more aware of when you’re distracting yourself. You can also take steps to avoid your distractions if you identify them.
- What are my goals for the next month?
When you know your goals, you can effectively plan your day and ensure that you’re making progress. Don’t just think about what you want to achieve, but why.
- What are my goals for the next 10 years?
To know your ten-year goal, you need to think about your life and what you want. Long-term goals can give you a vision for your life and a clearer picture of how to achieve that vision.
- What do I like about my life?
Answering this question makes you think about the good things in your life. Practicing gratitude is an essential component of the goal-setting process, and is a habit we should all develop. Gratitude helps us reframe our perspective and trains our brains to focus on the positive, and look at negative things as opportunities, rather than problems.
- What do I dislike about my life?
Knowing what you don’t like puts you in a position to consider what actions you can take to change those things.
- What would I do if I weren’t afraid?
You’ll learn what it is you really want to do by asking yourself this question.
- What are the common characteristics of the last three people I dated?
What is your type? Is that a good type or bad type for you? What do you want to look for in your next partner?
- What would I change about my job?
What do you like and dislike about your job? What can you do to make your job better? Do you need to find a new position?
- When I was a child, what did I want to do when I grew up?
Have you lost sight of what mattered to you when you were younger? Could your earliest plans still be relevant to your life now? Of course, many of our priorities have changed. But reflecting on this can show you what your core values are and how you can apply them to your life now.
- What activity or subject makes me lose track of time while I’m doing it?
This is called finding your “flow” and these are the activities you love to do. How can you incorporate finding flow into your everyday life? Can you possibly turn it into a career?
- If I gave myself advice, what would it be?
Imagine someone just like yourself with the same life. What would you tell them to do? The real trick is getting yourself to follow this advice!
- What have I never done, but would love to try?
Don’t have regrets! As long as it’s not dangerous to yourself or others, think about how you can do things to step out of your comfort zone and accomplish items on your bucket list.
- What characteristics do I believe I lack, but would love to have?
Whom do you admire and why? How would your life be different if you had these same characteristics? Do you actually lack these characteristics, or do you lack opportunities to demonstrate them?
- What do I worry about?
What are the sources of stress and concern in your life? What does this say about your life and yourself? What can you do to reduce the anxiety in your life?
The more you know about yourself, the better you are able to manage yourself. Discovering more about yourself also clarifies how you can bring greater joy and fulfillment into your life through your goals. If you haven’t made an effort to study yourself, you don’t know as much about yourself as you could. Getting to know yourself through your goals is easy on 4WRD. Set goals in line with your what you’ve discovered about yourself and your core values. You’ll be surprised how far you can go!