04 Oct Kickstart Your Self-Discovery With These 5 Questions
As you scroll through social media, it’s easy to see the surface of people’s lives and start to categorize them: the yogis, the lifestyle bloggers, the Instagram Moms, the clean eaters, the business owners. But not only is that unfair to those in our online communities who are SO much more than a label – it’s also unfair to you.
The moment you start to believe in the validity of “categories”, you’ll eventually start to feel like you have to fit into one, which is total b.s.
The truth? We’re ALL on our own complex journeys of self-discovery and it’s time for you to stop limiting yourself to fitting-in and start getting curious about all of who you are.
As you grow, adapt, shift and change throughout the journey of life, you take along bits and pieces of what works and discard what doesn’t. You experiment with trying new diets, changing environments, taking on new careers, and hanging out with new people.
I like to call it “collecting data”- a term I heard last year while listening to Jess Lively’s podcast, “The Lively Show”. Anytime someone criticized me for changing my mind, I told them I was just collecting data. Like that one time, I decided to go to Esthetician School after college or when I signed up for Transcendental Meditation and dragged my hubs to a Welcome Seminar. Yup – that happened.
I am NOT an indecisive person but I do love to explore new ideas and try new things in order to gain experience and knowledge around what serves me, and then I can simply discard what I don’t care for!
Listen, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned a lot of tough lessons. BUT I have also grown into someone who is more-than-okay with not always having the answers and figuring them out along the way.
Self-discovery requires a whole lotta trial and error. The goal is to discover your limitations and find what’s important to you. Get clear about what you want in life.
Here are 5 Self-Discovery Questions to make you go a little deeper:
1. What matters most to you?
2. What makes you feel most like yourself?
3. What are your most important values? Are you living in ways that are not aligned with your values?
4. What drains your energy and what can you do to remove it from your life?
5. Are you holding onto something that would be better to let go of?
#RealTalk – It’s easy to convince yourself that you need to be locked into one passion, one friend group, one hobby, one ritual, or even one career, especially when it seems like everyone around you has their routines down pat. But here’s the truth: a life without curiosity is a life without discovery.
And I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather spend my days discovering – myself, my loved ones, the world around me – than settle for monotony, always wondering, “what if?”.