So, I’m going to ask you some important questions:
Do you know yourself?
Do you know what makes you happy and what makes you tick?
Do you even spend any time considering these types of questions?
If not, it’s time to begin.
Because your mental health is at stake.
Think about all of the relationships you’ve had in your life.
Think about the ones that brought you the most joy and the ones that crushed your spirit.
If I had to guess, I would say that the bad relationships were bad because they did not fit who you were–and are–as a person. They didn’t allow you to be your full self.
Knowing yourself can combat this.
And it’s not just relationships.
It’s jobs and career paths. It’s what you do in your free time. It’s even what you read and watch.
The better you know yourself, the better you can choose what you want to do with your life.
It doesn’t have to be harder than stopping to think.
It doesn’t have to be more difficult than writing a list.
At some point this week, try this:
Take ten minutes of your time to create a list–a list of who you are.
Write down all the people and experiences that have made you happy.
Write down whatever comes to mind. Don’t limit yourself.
Just let your creativity flow.
The more you write, the more ideas that will come to you.
Before you know it, you will have a list of 20-30 items.
And soon you will see patterns emerge.
You will see the fine threads that have woven your life.
Study the list so that you can study yourself.
Because the better you know yourself, the easier it is to make decisions for how you spend your time.
A huge part of anxiety in life comes from not knowing.
It stems from the crippling indecisions that eat away at your vitality.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You can know yourself better.
You can reintroduce yourself to who you are.
And if you do, the world will open up–not because it was closed in the first place, but because the person who is looking at it is viewing it all in a new, more vibrant way.