How can I learn to understand myself?
When you’re young and still trying to figure out your place in life, one common problem young people face is trying to learn to understand themselves. This is a question I’ve been asked a lot lately, and it’s definitely something that all people try to figure out at some point in their lives, so here’s some advice to help you along.
It takes time
You shouldn’t be frustrated if you’re having this problem, Choma - self-discovery takes time. In fact, you’ll always learn something new about yourself as you go on in life- the learning never ends. Yes, it is best to have an understanding of yourself, especially as you get older so that you can learn to handle situations in a way that moves you forward, but you shouldn’t feel like there’s pressure on you to figure it all out while you’re young. These things take time.
The power of introspection
Introspection means taking an honest look inside yourself to understand your mental and emotional process - how you’ve been thinking and feeling about things that affect you. This is an important part of understanding yourself because you might start to see different patterns that you’ve developed over time as well as any habits that you have and want to change. Here are six questions you can ask yourself while you’re introspecting:
- How would you describe your personality?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses
- What makes you different from others?
- What is important to you?
- What gets you excited or motivated?
- What makes you feel upset or demotivated?
It’s important to remember that while you’re young, it’s normal to make choices based on who you believe you are at the time, but as you grow, you’ll find that things change, and you might not be the same person you were 5 years before. So if you look back and aren’t happy with some things you used to believe or things you’ve done - don’t dwell on the negative. Use that to help you make better decisions in the future and you’ll see that you start developing habits that have a positive impact on your life.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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