It’s important to know yourself — to REALLY know yourself. How many times have we heard about the man or woman who spent years climbing the corporate ladder? They scrambled so hard for so long, and the closer they got to the top, the more they realized it wasn’t really where they wanted to be. Somewhere along the way, they had lost sight of who they were and were no longer in touch with what their soul TRULY craved. Perhaps that Director of Corporate Communications really wanted to write the next bestseller, or that CFO would have been more fulfilled as an economics professor at the local college. It’s essential for wellness that we each take the time to check in with ourselves and get to know who we really are.
How Do You Get to Know Yourself?
- Examine your values. Get out a pen and paper and make a list of your values. Much like a corporation identifies their core values, you should be able to list off the key factors that drive your life decisions. Not sure what I’m talking about when I say values? Think about it from the standpoint of time: Who do you wish to spend most of your time with? What is most important for you to invest your time in? Think work ethics, family values, community, philanthropy, integrity, honesty. What is most important to you?
- Consider your physical body. What is your norm? Are you flexible? What is your breathing like? What makes you feel anxious and unsettled, and what can you do to calm your body? Is it easy for you to push your limits, or are you easily out of your comfort zone? Consider eating, movement, etc. Think about how you feel physically day to day.
- Study your daily habits. What kinds of things do you do each day? Do you start the day with stretches and movement, or do you sit in silence until you’ve finished your coffee? Do you meditate to calm your mind or go for a daily walk after dinner? Are you in control of your schedule and spend lots of time planning, or do you prefer a more free-flowing approach to life? Spend a week and pay attention to the things you do each day or on a certain day of the week. Consider the role these habits play in your life and what they say about you.
- State your desires. Say them out loud. Write them down. Shout it from the rooftop. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but put your desires out there. Do you want to be more adventurous and travel? Are you ready to set out on a journey to a healthier you? Are you feeling stagnant and craving further learning? Whatever it is, allow yourself to identify your true desires, and take steps in the direction of those desires.
I find that many of my clients come to me feeling out of balance. When we take a look at how they would spend an ideal day and how they spend their actual days or what their values are and what they are actually doing in their lives, we often see a disconnect. To feel in tune with yourself, your inner desires and your outward actions need to be aligned. The more we can dig into those desires and the clients’ true selves, the more peace and balance we can bring to their lives.
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A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.