To discover the man God created us to be, we must know ourselves. Self-knowledge reveals our way of being in the world – equipping us to fulfill our purpose and forge deep connections with others.
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Unfortunately, many of us lack self-knowledge.
We don’t know what makes us tick – what motivates us or makes us come alive.
We stay at the same job for years unaware our souls are disconnected from our work, and wonder why there is a growing discontent and despair within.
Our relationships also grow increasingly disappointing, as we cannot enjoy intimate connecting if we do not know who we are.
The journey toward self-knowledge is not easy. Blissful ignorance is much easier, though the cost is also great.
Remaining ignorant and unaware robs us of our ability to impact the world for good. We fail to thrive and our relationships also suffer.
To be sure, there is no one path to self-discovery. And the journey is life long.
However, a few good places to start is in your current relationships, exploring a personality assessment, or speaking with a life coach.
Knowledge Through Relationships
We all have blind spots and our relationships can reveal those hidden areas of our life.
How do you experience me? Who do you see me to be? What do you know about me that I don’t know, but should?
Asking these questions to a trusted friend is priceless.
Knowledge Through Assessments
Personality assessments are also great tools for self-discovery.
For example, the Myers-Briggs assessment explores your preferences in the world, while the Enneagram taps your motivations in life and relationships.
Learning my preference for introversion, for instance, increased my confidence in offering my strength in smaller settings. I can now rest in how God has crafted me and I no longer try to be someone I am not.
Knowledge Through Coaching
A life coach forms an intentional relationship with you for the express purpose of discovering your potential, which naturally includes the work of growing in self-awareness.
Coaching is for those ready to take their self-discovery to the next level.
When the cost of ignorance becomes too high, investing in coaching is a great next step.
Self-discovery is hard work, but it is worth it.
Knowing who God created you to be allows you to live with deep purpose and flourish in all of your relationships. It is one of the best gifts you can give others.