Self-discovery is not a journey to discover someone new, it’s a journey to break down the barriers within yourself to discover your deepest truths. As you begin to invest time in learning about yourself, you’ll turn over new leaves that reveal your most authentic self—the person you deserve to be. Starting your journey of self-discovery can help satisfy your cravings for clarity and a sense of direction.
After putting in years of effort to discover myself on my journey of self-discovery, I’ve identified three areas of life you can focus on to give yourself the best opportunity to find yourself. These are also known as the three pillars of self-discovery—awareness, comfort zones, and intentional living—which is a unique framework I developed and teach in my book, You Deserve This Sh!t, and this article.
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Self-discovery is a process of understanding your own character and becoming aware of your abilities, potential, and motives. If you discover yourself, you’re able to tap into your passions, decipher your life’s purpose—the reason you get up in the morning—and live aligned with your core values. Ultimately, discovering who you are and what you want to do allows you to unlock the best version of yourself.
Without discovering yourself—understanding your purpose, passions, potential, and motives—you’ll never achieve something better than what you have now. You’ll choose to live a life inundated by unconsciousness and the pain that comes along with it.
These are the self-discovery tools you’ll need to support your journey of self-discovery and becoming the best version of yourself. Click “LEARN MORE” to be redirected to an article about each specific topic, or continue reading for a complete overview of self-discovery.
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One purpose of this article is to teach you the three pillars of self-discovery—awareness, comfort zones, and intentional living—you’ll need these tools for your journey of self-discovery. Learning about these pillars and this self-discovery process will help you discover who you are and aid you in becoming the best version of yourself. When you discover who you are, you’ll be set free of taking the wrong paths in life.
The first step in discovering yourself is cultivating awareness.
Awareness is the ability to recognize what’s happening internally and externally. It will allow you to understand your character, feelings, and what inspires you. When you have that awareness, you’ll discover more about yourself and your identity will come to the surface.
If you want to discover yourself or re-invent who you are, you need to become wildly aware. You’ll begin to realize and accept the things that move you physically, emotionally, and mentally, which will lead you to your most authentic self.
Nothing can change without awareness.
As humans, it’s in our own nature to want to live within safety—our comfort zones; we choose comfort over discomfort. Your comfort zone is a behavioral space where you can easily minimize stress, risk, and failure. While it provides mental security and you benefit from low anxiety and stress, it keeps you from your greatest potential.
Whether you believe it or not, achieving any goal—especially the goal of discovering yourself—will require you to put yourself in some sort of uncomfortable situation or position. Living outside your comfort zone will give you an opportunity to learn more about yourself, require you to grow, and flood your life with purpose.
True living exists in places of discomfort, and everything in life begins to flourish outside our comfort zones. That’s where the magic happens.
Intentional living is putting purpose behind your choices and actions. When you live intentionally, you align with your core values, beliefs, and goals. This alignment sets you up to make decisions that naturally guide you to who you want to become; you’re constantly choosing to only do things that push you in that direction.
In other words, when you live intentionally, your choices and actions become selective. When your choices and actions are selective, you ensure they always support your journey of self-discovery and becoming the best version of yourself.
Finding yourself helps you develop an acute awareness of your own life and values, live outside your comfort zone, and be intentional every day. There are seven principles of finding yourself:
Understanding your path is one of the greatest feelings you can experience, and that’s what will happen when you begin to find yourself. It will allow you to align with what’s best for your soul and understand which steps you should take daily. Finding yourself and living in this alignment is key to experiencing a purposeful life. And as a JAMA Network Open study shows, having a purpose in life may decrease your chances of dying early.
Now, I’m going to be honest because that’s what any good friend would do. The journey of self-discovery does not have an ending, meaning discovering who you are is an ongoing process. I’m not saying you’ll never discover your true self; however, there will always be more to learn and areas where you can dig deeper.
You will encounter different phases of your journey, and with each phase, you’ll start to understand yourself more. Your journey of self-discovery will become the healthiest addiction in your life. Embrace the self-discovery process because life becomes a whole lot more exciting when you’re uncovering new parts of your soul.
The best time to start the self-discovery journey was yesterday, and the next best time is now. To embark on a journey of self-discovery:
Self-discovery is important because it allows us to discover our purpose, passions, and the core values that guide us through life. The self-discovery process ultimately lets you unlock the best version of yourself and live a life in full alignment. If you don’t discover yourself, you risk living a life without a sense of direction.
Everyone’s self-discovery journey and experience are unique. However, we can use similar tactics to one another to gain a sense of direction. Here are common examples of self-discovery:
Self-discovery—discovering your true character—is an on-going process that begins by making a commitment to living the life you want to live. By using the three pillars of self-discovery—awareness, comfort zones, and intentional living—you can get unstuck, find your path, and become the best version of yourself.
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