Getting to know yourself can take a lifetime, not to mention the fact that as you grow you change. What you once loved, you might not anymore, and it can be hard to keep up with yourself.
However, there is no point in doing anything that is not right for you, whether it’s a job, a hobby or a relationship. If it’s not working, don’t waste your time. You only live once, and there are so many different options out there, there’s no need to feel tied down to one thing.
Take time to try different things to figure out what you enjoy.
When you’re younger it can be hard to know what you enjoy, you will have done what you had to do in school and college, but that’s it. You will have done things to impress people and to get certain grades or to achieve what was expected of you. Make time now to try new things, art classes, different forms of exercise, cooking, a film club, volunteering abroad, creative writing, the list is endless and doing this will provide you with a greater insight into what the real you actually enjoy, and you’ll also have a lot of fun along the way.
Look after yourself
When you’re finding things tough and questioning who you are and where you’re going, it’s important to take some time to think about your emotional wellness. This can mean getting lost in a great novel, having a nice long bath or just getting at least eight hours of sleep. Taking time to look after yourself will mean that your thoughts will become less erratic and you should feel a lot calmer and more ready to face any challenges ahead.
What Skills Have Helped You Thrive?
Think about situations that have challenged you in your past; is there something common with all of them? If so, that’s something that you’re good at, so all you have to do now is figure out which field or position that skill is best suited for.
What Makes You Feel Strong?
Take note of the times when you have felt invigorated, curious, and successful. These moments will help you to realize what your strengths are and if you think about what it is that that has helped you in the past when you have felt overloaded. When you are overwhelmed, you want to feel in control and to be in control, you do what makes you feel strong. As you start to identify and focus on this, you can also expect to be happier, which makes you a better problem-solver in a wide range of circumstances.
What makes you feel happy?
Whether it’s looking at a hobby or a sport, think about whether you like things organized or prefer a more casual approach? Do you like to do things on your own or to be part of a group-based activity?
What are Your Goals?
What is it that you want to achieve? It could be a holiday you want to go on or a new business you want to start, you are in charge of your goals, and you can decide how you get there.
*This is a collaborative post.