#ZKLife – Finding Oneself During Lockdown
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Take this forced time out to look within and emerge from this lockdown with knowledge of self.

It’s day 7 of the 21-day lockdown and I’m sure you have exhausted all your creature comforts unless you are working from home. 

This is the right time to look within and learn more about yourself because the greatest and most important adventure of our lives is discovering who we really are. 

As much as that is, so many of us walk around either not really knowing or listening to an awful inner critic that gives us all the wrong ideas about ourselves. We mistakenly think of self-understanding as self-indulgence, and we carry on without asking the most important question we’ll ever ask: Who am I really? 

Finding yourself may sound like an inherently self-centered goal, but it is an unselfish process that is at the root of everything we do in life. 

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In order to be the most valuable person to the world around us, the best partner, parent etc, we must first know who we are, what we value and, in effect, what we have to offer.  

Like the Greek Philosopher Aristotle said: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 

According to Success here are 6 steps to finding oneself: 

  1. Be quiet – You cannot and will not be able to know yourself until you take the time to be still. Many people don’t know themselves because any sort of silence scares them; it’s too uncomfortable to be alone with every flaw staring back at them. But it isn’t until you get alone, evaluate yourself and are completely truthful with yourself that you will be able to see every facet of your life—the good and the bad. Be quiet and discover your true self. 
  2. Realize who you truly are, not who you want to be – I know you already have a set idea of who you desperately want to be, but it might not be who you were designed to be; this is why knowing who you really are is so important. When you know who you are, you will finally see where you and your specific gifts fit into the bigger picture. 
  3. Find what you are good at (and not good at) – This might be the most difficult step in the process of finding who you are, but it’s a necessary one. Sure, it takes trial and error to find what you’re good at, and no, I don’t want you to give up before you’ve had more than enough attempts, but knowing when to quit is a gift that everyone needs to learn. Quit when you’ve put in ample time and your efforts aren’t giving back in return. What is ample time? Only you can decide that. But when you quit correctly, it isn’t giving up, it’s making room for something better. When your actions do nothing but drain you—rather than produce more passion and increase your drive to do more—that’s a good sign it is time to focus elsewhere. Your strengths will show you who you are. 
  4. Find what you are passionate about – Following passion of any kind is a good thing, and you need to pay attention when it comes because it indicates an area of life that you need to pay more attention to. If we’re talking about following your passion in work, it’s a good thing. And if we’re talking about having more passion for life, it’s a good thing. Focus more on passion; understand yourself in better ways, and you’ll make a bigger impact. Passion produces effort and continuous effort produces results. 
  5. Ask for feedback – If you don’t know yourself, hearing what others have to say about you is a helpful practice. Ask them two simple questions: “What strengths do you think I need to develop further?” and “What weaknesses do you think I need to work on?” Of course, their opinion isn’t going to be perfect, but their feedback will probably indicate a few areas you should at least take a second look at. This step is especially important for those who are stuck in finding themselves. Sometimes those closest to us can see something we might not be able to see in ourselves. 
  6. Assess your relationships – A large aspect of knowing yourself can be found in your relationships. When you realize you’ll never truly know anyone else until you discover yourself, the importance of knowing yourself becomes even more apparent. This truth especially rings true for business leaders, because if you don’t know the people on your team, then you will be lost as a leader. But this rule also applies to any relationship in your life. Almost as much as you need to know yourself, other people also need to know who you are. People need you—the real you. 

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Take this forced time out to look within and emerge from this lockdown with knowledge of self.  

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