Having a good understanding of who we are and why we do the things we do is so important for us to live a happy and fulfilling life. This may seem obvious to most of us, but I believe many of us are lacking in the area of self-awareness. There may be many reasons for this, however I believe in many cases it is because we do not recognize the importance of self-awareness, and we simply do not want to take the time to “get real” with ourselves.
Each of us have values that we live by whether we recognize it or not. Some of our values are superficial and are only pertinent for certain moments and situations that we find ourselves in. But those values that we truly live by and are more permanent are our core values. It is never more important to recognize and live by our core values than when we are going through challenging times in our life. In the storms of life, our core values act as our internal compass and point us in the right direction. Consequently, when we are living contrary to our core values we oftentimes find ourselves living in regret or self-hatred, rather than peace and joy.
If you believe you need to grow in the area of self-awareness and are not living the purposeful and joy filled life that you want, I have listed a few practical steps below that I hope will be helpful.