“I alone cannot change society for the better. But I can radically transform my own consciousness, overturning the conditioning that limits my potential. We can all do this, one by one. Over time we can change ourselves to the degree that society changes from the inside out. Giving birth to a new way of being. Manifesting our birth right of living in a peaceful and abundant world. Have no fear. Trust Yourself. Live your full potential.” – Unknown Author
The above quote suggests that the journey of self-discovery should be an important goal for everyone on our planet. According to Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living”, and I agree!
I can say with confidence that the moment a person truly starts down the path of self-discovery, they will never turn back or remain the person they once were, it is impossible. Many may ask the question, “What is self-discovery?”
Psychology says self-discovery is the process of gaining understanding of oneself and one’s motivations and needs. The American English Dictionary defines self-discovery as, “a becoming aware of one’s true potential, character, motives, etc.”
Ralpho Waldo Emerson states, “what lies behind us and what lies before us, are small matters compared to, what lies within us.”
Unfortunately, some people go through life playing a role to mask who they really are, and others simply become what other people want them to be. “Know thyself” is a classic platitude that continues to offer a valuable reminder today. It is only through the discovery of self that we can identify our purpose and actualize our potential. On the other hand, failure to embark on a pilgrimage of self-discovery will cheat us of the opportunity to understand who we truly are and what we want out of life, as well as how we can help others through sharing our experiences during our time on this earth.
Honestly speaking, ignorance towards my true self is something I lived with for a long time. Self-discovery for me means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you… good and bad. It means unpacking all your trauma and healing through forgiveness, it means realizing what your beliefs are, fine-tuning them and living by them. The positive effects of self-discovery include clarity, fulfillment, happiness, and maybe even enlightenment!
The journey however is not always an easy road. It includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your beliefs and choices in life. I like to refer to it as ‘spring-cleaning’ of the mind and, understanding your emotions and feelings. It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has completely changed the course of my life, and I have started to follow my true passion and purpose; being of service to others.
I started setting intentions and no longer have expectations from others – although this is still a work in progress for me – I have started to look within for answers instead of blaming and shaming others. I’ve had several setbacks along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up!
What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I have slowly become calmer, more aware, tolerant and balanced mentally and emotionally. Many people say I have changed, the truth is, I just found MYSELF!
I dare you to step into the fire of self-discovery, it will not burn you, only what you are not!
“Your inner beliefs, those held in the deepest recesses of your mind, are the power source for your life. Beliefs from yesterday merge with beliefs from your childhood, forming a web that dictates your life experience. They can propel you to success, but most of the time our beliefs simply hold us back. At worst, they literally sabotage our hopes and dreams.” – Eldon Taylor
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