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Who Are You? 14 Self-Knowledge Questions to Ask Yourself

One of the greatest barriers to self-knowledge that we have is ourselves. We don’t know ourselves as well as we might think, and we certainly don’t see ourselves the way others do. Truly knowing yourself might be one of the greatest challenges you’ll ever face. But it’s a challenge worth pursuing.

Knowing yourself better will set the tone for what and who you allow in your life and gives you the choice for the direction of your life. Your self-love and self-confidence grows, and you won’t tolerate anything or anyone that threatens your peaceful existence.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What activities do I engage in to distract myself from my challenges? We all have our ways of avoiding the things that we don’t want to deal with. You might eat, shop, watch TV, scroll social media, call a friend, etc.

● Understanding how you distract yourself allows you to notice when you’re avoiding what needs to be done.

  1. What would I tell my younger self? Everyone wishes they could go back and get a do-over for some of their younger years. What would you say to younger you? What would you tell them to do differently?

  2. At what time of day can I focus the most easily? Most people are best focused either early in the day or later in the evening. When do you find it easiest to focus?

  3. At what time of day am I the most creative? When are you best at creating? How can you use that information?

  4. What are 10 words that accurately describe you? Be honest with yourself. These are not the words YOU want to use to describe you, these are the words that actually describe you.

  5. What are the 10 words that you wish described you? Now, you can list the 10 words you wish were accurate about you.

What am I currently tolerating in my life? Make a list of the things that you’re currently tolerating. Is it your job? Partner? Kids? Extra weight? Debt? What are you tolerating that you wish was out of your life?

  1. What do I believe is the meaning of life? What is your purpose? Are you living your life accordingly?

  2. If I had to drop one person from my life, who would it be? Name the one person you would eliminate from your life if you had to choose just one. Why that person? And Why are they still part of your life?

  3. What would be the perfect day for me? It’s easier to have a good day if you know what a great day looks like. Describe your perfect day. Now, try to describe an even better day.

  4. Who do I most respect? Why do you respect this person?

  5. What would I do if I were less anxious or afraid? Fear limits us all.

In what ways is fear limiting you? A lot of people believe they have conquered their fears and try to move as if they are unafraid when in reality they’ve found ways to avoid them. A life built around the need to avoid your fears is a life that’s limited.

  1. What is my greatest weakness? No one is perfect. Weaknesses are part of life. What is your weakness and how is it impacting your life? How can you work around it?

  2. What is my greatest strength? How can I use my greatest strength to my best advantage? Have I been taking full advantage of my strength?

Self-Knowledge is empowering! When you know your strengths, weaknesses, and how to manage yourself effectively, you have lain the path that will lead you to your purpose. If you know the type of person you want to be and how you want to live, you have a direction. Knowing yourself is the path to freedom.

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