In ’10 Strategies to Uncover the REAL you’ we are looking to answer the question of ‘how do you go about uncovering the real you?’ In Part 1 we looked at using a photo of you as a reminder to spark you imagination, plus asking someone whose opinion you trust to tell you three of your qualities. In Part 2 we looked at using dreams, giving yourself time to think about your answers and how being selfish can actually be good for you.
In the third part of this series we will be uncovering another three strategies for uncovering the real you.
6. Forget About Money
Imagine you’ve won the lottery and you never have to do another day’s work in your life. After splashing out on shoes, bags and holidays, what else would you do? Once you had a wardrobe full of clothes and shoes, and sunbathing by your pool starts getting boring (it will!), what would you do if you didn’t have to do anything? Record your images and ideas and resolve to bring some of them into your current life.
7. Identify Your “Essence” – The Real You
Ask yourself the following question: If you were locked up in a prison for a long time what would you continue to do and what would you definitely not stop doing? The answer gives you a good insight into what forms a fundamental part of the real you and what’s truly important. Whatever springs to mind is what you should be doing more of in your life. Make it centre stage, do more of it – it may be specific like exercise or writing; or something less obvious like motivating others – this is what is vital to you to have in your life, it’s part and parcel of who you are, so make an effort to add it into your routine to create a meaningful life.
8. Write Your Mission Statement
It’s great to be adaptable, however too much suppleness will weaken your underlying structure. True strength and poise comes from a strong core – both physically and emotionally – which you can achieve by knowing what you want and where you are headed. So work out your own personal “mission statement”. Answer the following questions with a short statement for each, to discover your mission statement:
- What do you want most out of life?
- What do you want to see happen in the world?
- What makes you special?
- Things I can do/am capable of doing right now.
Now write this statement as follows:
I will… (Choose one answer from 4), using my… (answer from 3), to accomplish… (answer from 2), and in so doing achieve… (answer 1).
Now you have a mission statement that gives you a purpose and strengthens your sense of self.
In the final part of this four part series for uncovering the real you, we will be looking at being self reliant and how to banish self-doubt.
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