Courage to Know Yourself

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What does it look like to have the courage to love yourself? Or simply decide to be yourself? How can you truly discover yourself? The key is to know yourself. Taking the step to identify who you are is the most liberating feeling imaginable. It is imperative to know how you are so that you can be intentionally authentic with others. Knowing who you are is the first steps towards being able to love who you are created to be, but taking that first step is figuring a few things out first.

Courage to Know Yourself.

1. Know what makes you function internally. There are many personality test that you can take in order to truly grasp you and your personality. Are you an introvert? Extrovert? The Myers-Briggs is one of my favorite tests to take because it gives me a better understanding no only if I am an extrovert/ introvert, but if I tend towards sensing/ intuition, thinking/ feeling, or judging/ perceiving. Another great thing to identify is your love language/s. What fills you up quickly? What do you need from those that are around you in order to feel completely loved? The key is to know what makes you tick and how you can identify yourself.

2. Know what you value. Knowing what you value stems from knowing what makes you internally function. You may not like what you see when you figure out what you value (what you truly, honestly value), but that is okay. You have the ability to tweak those motivations/ values. Taking an inventory of what you value can be eye opening. Compare that value to what you wish you valued and make some changes, however, you may not need to make some changes. You may just need to identify those values to know what drives you and your focus.

3. Know your gifts and abilities. Recently I picked up a book called S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees for this very reason. To know better the gifts that God has given me so that I can better understand who I am and what I am called to do in my life. What are you gifts and abilities? Sometimes it takes others around you to help you identify those things.

4. Know your hopes and dreams. Know your hopes and dreams... and maybe even how to achieve the two.  I think this is one of the most changing aspects of understanding ourselves because it simply changes over time. My hopes and dreams from 20 years ago are not the same as they are right now. Over the course of the last few years I have tried to help my daughter identify her dreams and it has truly caused me to stop looking so externally (dreaming for those that are around me) and simply reflect internally for my personal dreams & hopes. What are your desires? What are those hopes? What are your dreams?

5. Be yourself. You are made to be yourself in a way that no one else can be you. What a beautiful thing, yet such a simple idea. You are the only one that can be you and I am the only one that can be me. Know that there is value in that idea. God created you to be who you are because he has a plan and a purpose (I always hope my dreams are tied into that purpose) specific for you... so it is important to BE YOURSELF. 

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