“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle
When you work toward learning who you are, you find the most essential wisdom there is in life. Without this understanding of your inner nature, goals, and beliefs, nothing else in life will bring you true happiness. Your relationship with yourself is more important than any other in your life. Until you have a complete understanding of yourself, how can others really know you? Positive self-respect is, therefore, based on knowing yourself.
From this knowledge comes all the essential aspects of self, including acceptance, understanding, compassion, and empathy. Until you focus on the work of knowing yourself, other efforts at self-improvement will likely feel less than successful. Knowing yourself, then, is the ultimate place to start the adventure that comes from knowing who you are.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Prous
Self-discovery does not just lead to insights about yourself but can help you to see the world and others differently. When you investigate your inner motives, confront your demons, challenge your biases, and question your beliefs, you develop a new lens through which to view the world. Self-discovery is, therefore, not just about seeing ourselves differently but helping us to understand the world from a new perspective.
Proust’s words are not limited to the discovery of new places. Sometimes, when we change how we see, a familiar place becomes new to us. The same is true for other people. When we question ourselves, we understand that others have different perspectives and experiences, and we see them through new eyes, as well. Developing new eyes can be a powerful outcome of learning who you are,
“There is more to myself than anyone has so far discovered.” Anonymous
The real adventure in learning who you are is in the discovery that this work is never really finished. The depths of your own mind and understanding are unknowable, and no one, including you, has ever learned all there is to know. Self-discovery is a life-long process that continues to inform you each day of your journey. And each of life’s experiences teaches you something new that changes who you are.
The adventure of learning about yourself is one you must re-dedicate yourself to each day. And one that will bring you new challenges and discoveries with every step of the journey
“Once you’ve started down that road to self-discovery, no matter how treacherous the path before you, you can’t turn back. The universe doesn’t allow it.” Lisa Unge
When you make a choice to work toward self-discovery and enlightenment, you will soon discover that you cannot stop. Knowing yourself brings immense satisfaction, but also bewilderment and motivation.
Even when you find out things about yourself for which you are not proud, it becomes even more important to keep learning to help you identify anything that may be holding you back from achieving your dreams. Engaging in self-discovery is a life-long adventure that asks you, again and again, to acknowledge your own weaknesses and explore ways to build new strengths.
Once you have begun to explore a path to self-discovery, you will start to see your goals come into sharper focus and the attainment of your dreams within arm’s reach. Dedicated yourself to the adventure of self-knowing and clarity brings rewards that cannot compare to any other you may know.
While knowing yourself may not always produce positive revelations, it will help you identify positive steps you can make to become the person you have always wanted to be. Self-discovery is a magical process, and no matter what you find, that awareness is the beginning of a new and exciting journey.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.