I have written about growth several times. It does not matter what age you are, where you are in the process toward “retirement, or if you are retired. As an individual who is getting up each day to be part of the glory of the day, you are growing!
No, I am not talking about the scales for your weight or the tape measure for your height! Although, my granddaughter has set the goal to be 5 feet tall. I hope she makes it! The growth I am referring to is in your mind and spirit.
We are constantly doing things in our lives to enrich ourselves daily. We use the intention to focus on the things that enhance areas we desire to improve. Longevity of life is sought after, but it is the quality of the life we live that matters the most. What are we doing in the time we are blessed to enjoy?
What are the strengths you have? What are the areas you would like to grow in? Is there something new you would like to learn?
“In Ancient Greece, the philosopher Socrates famously declared that the unexamined life was not worth living. Asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to, he replied: Know Yourself.”
Understanding ourselves is a first step in avoiding mistakes in several areas of our lives and is also essential in our abilities to establish goals. If we cannot identify our strengths and weaknesses, it isn’t easy to move forward. When we are true to ourselves, our relationships and work improve—getting to know ourselves better increases our growth over time.
The answer is hidden in the question!
Do we take the time to get to know ourselves? Are we so busy in our lives pleasing others, taking care of things, and doing tasks we forget to take note of ourselves?
Begin or end each day with a question for yourself. Keep a journal with the answer to the questions. This is how you begin to understand who you are and to get to the why of what you do. Being self-aware is critical to the success of life.
- What is your favorite movie?
- What is your favorite color
- Do you like cold, hot or warm days?
- What is the biggest mistake you have made?
- Who or what comforts you?
- What do you do for fun?
- If you had only one wish, what would it be?
- What are you worried about?
- Name something you like about your job?
- What is your happiest memory?
- What values do you have?
- What do you believe in?
- Where do you feel the safest?
- If you were not afraid, what would you do?
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
- What are you grateful for?
- What matters most to me?
- What short-term goals do I have? Long term?
- What is my favorite food?
- If I am feeling stressed, I_________?
- When am I angry I_________?
- Who are my support people?
- I am ashamed of_______?
- Am I a night owl or a morning person?
- Am I passionate about___________?
- I like being around people, or I’m not too fond of it.
- My thoughts tell me I am not good enough or can do it.
Keep adding to your questions to dig deeper into who you are as you get wiser in understanding how to continue to grow.