This is a topic that I have always wanted to talk about so really, who are you? If it takes you more than a minute to answer that, or perhaps you don’t even know how to, you are not alone. Who are you? How much do you like yourself? What do you see yourself as? Do you know your authentic self? Has something that happened in the past affected you? Do you look into the mirror and can’t even recognize you now? Do you feel like you want to do the right thing but “they” would think it uncool?
Questioning is a key way to clarity, and clarity is crucial when it comes to identity. We live in a fast-paced world now and it’s real easy to lose yourself. What do I mean? Well, can you remember how many times we have overreacted on an issue just because “they” were watching? I bet many of us would act differently if we don’t care too much what “they” think.
Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. It is having a clear perception of your personality, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs and emotions. According to Elizabeth Kubler Ross, a renowned psychiatrist, “man should learn to get in touch within himself and know that everything in life has a purpose.” Sadly, this isn’t the case. Most of us have a problem of identity crisis and this is tragic because self-awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering your life. It’s what helps you take 100% responsibility of your life.
However, many of us have gotten lost on this fast paced world we now live in. We constantly measure ourselves against the standards, works or accomplishments of another. We demean ourselves by placing our true potential at the mercy of others. We are so obsessed with the idea of public image that for many of us, all our lives, our focus has been on what “they” deem. We must stay cool. We must blend in. So we have lost ourselves in the process. Have you allowed yourself to be defined by people’s reactions to you? Or perhaps you think you know you and you are good to go but really all you do is base your self-awareness on their recognition of you? In other words, you only think you are great when “they” say so. Don’t you realize that people change, or have you been blinded by the frivolity of fame?
The fact is if you do not find out who you are apart from them, when they go, they take you with them because you are only valuable when they are around. Personally, I think that’s just too much power to give someone over my life. Why do you care what “they” think of you? It’s high time you based your decisions about what you want to do, on your goals and why you were put on earth, not on the opinions and desires and judgments of others. If your sexy shape or beautiful/handsome face was taken away, what would you have left? What’s the ‘why’ behind everything you do? I charge you, Stop living someone else’s dreams! Stop settling for less than you want because of what people think. What others think of you is none of your business.
Of a fact, knowing yourself has a lot of benefits. For instance, an adequate self-awareness makes you feel in control of yourself and you behave with greater strength and personal power, leaving you more successful, optimistic and happy.
So how do you get started? Most importantly, learn to spend time with yourself and you will be amazed at what you find about yourself. You have to know how the real you reacts to certain circumstances, label all your feelings. Finally, the next time you have an identity crisis and you are feeling unsure, always remember that you are made in God’s image, which makes Him the only audience you should perform for. Forget what others think!
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