In your pursuit to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, it’s important to know yourself better. You have to know yourself like the back of your own hand, as the saying goes.
You might dismiss this and say, ‘duh! who doesn’t know themselves?’ Well, the truth is, a lot of people don’t know themselves. Have you ever gone to a job interview and the first question they asked you was, ‘tell us about yourself?’
I know for one that question always sends me into a panic, even though I knew beforehand they were going to ask me that. Let me tell you, I used to be able to prepare for every potential interview question but that one.
For weeks I’d ponder this impending question and for weeks, I’d fail to come up with an answer that perfectly described me.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Many of us would like to think we know ourselves. The truth is, we don’t. It could be out of self-preservation; knowing we might not like what we find out. Or it could be out of ignorance in thinking that a person automatically knows themselves.
Like I said earlier, if you are really serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, you are going to have to set out on purpose to know yourself better.
Here are useful tips to know yourself better.
- Tip #1: Read the word of God
This is the first thing you need to do because the word has the best answers for this question. The word of God clearly defines you in many places that you are a child of God.
It says our father loves you and you are his original, his most treasured creation. The word of God says you are worthy of God’s ultimate sacrifice: his son Jesus Christ. It says you have all the promises he’s made. It says he has put everything under your power and has not left anything out.
If this doesn’t help you know yourself better, then I’m afraid you are off to a bad start. People and books might lie to you, but the bible is the truest piece of writing in existence. Take God’s word and trust it.
If you are struggling to understand your bible, then read these 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.
In your quest to know yourself better, remember the significance of prayer. Get your prayer life in order with these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.
Remember this is a lifelong journey and you are going to have to do this for as long as you live; immersing yourself in the word to keep reminding yourself of who you are. Use these 6 easy steps to stay connected to your spirituality.
- Tip #2: Spend time alone
I know a lot of people are scared of spending time alone. The thought of being in their own company scares them. That’s where boredom comes from. Boredom stems from your inability to find pleasure in yourself and your reliance on other people or items to provide you with pleasure.
If you know yourself better, you can’t know boredom. Before I knew myself, I’d get bored. I couldn’t stand the thought of spending time with myself. That was just too much.
But I learned to spend time with myself. Alone. And now I’m my own best companion. I’ve forgotten what boredom and loneliness feel like. Please spend time alone and you will learn to love it.
- Tip #3: Don’t be too dependent on those around you
This follows from Tip #2. Don’t be too reliant on the people around you because then you won’t give yourself the time and space needed to know yourself better.
If you are always looking to another person to be with you, then there’s a problem. Always needing someone next to you makes you needy, and that’s not a desirable trait to have.
Let go of those around you and know yourself better in the process. This also relieves them to carry on with their lives and know themselves better too. It also helps you cultivate and nurture your own self-esteem. Check out my 9 effective tips to improve your self-esteem.
Instead of being clingy, cultivate healthy relationships that give you and the other person time to breathe and discover life on your own. Remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.
- Tip #4: Try different things
Most of the time you don’t know yourself better because you never try anything different. You are always doing the same things and therefore don’t even know you have interests outside of those you already know of.
This can happen if you have a strict routine that you follow. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having a routine. But sometimes we get so stuck in our routines that we forget to live outside of what we know.
I know this because I’ve experienced it first hand. I’m one of those people who love a clean, strict routine. And then occasionally when I’m forced to try something new, most of the time out of lack of choice, I end up enjoying it and learning to incorporate it into my routine.
Don’t be so rigid in your life that you do the same things everyday without allowing room for new things. Chances are, those new things are the key that help you know yourself better.
Remember, there’s never harm in trying new things, as long as what you do is safe and doesn’t encroach on anyone else’s rights. Who knows? You might even discover your talent somewhere. Read these 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.
- Tip #5: Set yourself new goals and work hard to achieve them
You might be wondering why I’m saying this is one of the tips you can use to know yourself better.
What I’ve realized is that we become too complacent in our lives. Doing what we do everyday, setting out to achieve the same goals we set every time, doesn’t make us grow as much as we’d like.
But if you set yourself new goals, you present new challenges to yourself. Working hard to achieve those new goals will let you assess your threshold for a lot of things like passion and patience as far as those goals are concerned.
Maybe you’ve been considering yourself to be a patient person. But now you take on a new goal that tries your patience. And now you realize for the first time in your life that your patience still needs a lot of work.
Setting yourself new goals and working hard to achieve them will definitely help you know yourself better.
- Tip #6: Be honest about what you like and dislike
If you feel forced to say you like something just because you are scared of rejection, then you are destroying whatever chance you have to know yourself better.
Be bold enough to honestly assess your liking of different things. If you like something, that’s OK. If you don’t like it, that’s OK too .
Being clear about what you like and dislike will ensure you maximize your life by focusing on your likes instead of spending time trying to convince yourself and others that you prefer your dislikes.
The final word
It’s not hard to know yourself better. And it’s crucial that you do in order to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. Maybe you’ve been so out of touch with yourself that you’ve completely lost a sense of who you are.
Don’t lose heart. Employ the useful tips above to know yourself better. Don’t rush, remember that you have to exercise patience. With patience and gentility toward yourself, you’ll get where you want to be.
Thank you for reading this post. Do you know yourself better? How did you manage that? Or maybe you are trying to do that? Tell us how.