Ask a woman to describe who she is and you’ll often hear her describe herself in terms of her current title or role (wife, mother, daughter, etc.) or career (manager, accountant, nurse, etc.). Come on, we’re so much more than that!
When it comes to self-awareness, we’re our own expert! Being clear about who you are, what you want, and why you want it, empowers you to consciously and actively make those wants a reality. We can’t rely on our spouse, family, work and society to tell us who we are! What we need is a clear direction; a feel for our own true north. Armed with that awareness, it suddenly becomes easier to side-step the drama, steer clear of the confusion, and step through your fear to the life you were meant to live.
We’ve found these four strategies especially helpful to the self-awareness process:
Know your purpose: Wandering through life hoping you’ll stumble upon health, happiness and prosperity leaves too much to chance. Where does your true self want to go in life? What legacy do you want to leave behind? Where do you want to make a difference? If it’s been a while since you’ve put any thought into what your purpose is for your life, it might take some time to tune in once again. Your true “purpose” resides in your soul and to discover yours you need not only intellectual contemplation but a connection with your intuitive self as well. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Tap into your personal power, pick a direction that represents genuine happiness, and move toward it.
Know your passions: What would life be without our passions? And yet, we find that many women toss their passionate pursuits aside, wrongly believing they are not important. It’s amazing what we let come between us and our dreams. If you’ve always wondered what it would be like, not to wait around for the good things in life to come to you, but to actually go out and get what you want out of life, focusing on your passions is the first step in that process. As we like to say, our passions run deep. Stop waiting for “someday” and make your “someday” today.
Honor your strengths: Have you ever wished for a super power? Maybe the ability to leap tall buildings or become instantly invisible would come in handy? Well each of us possesses talents and strengths unique to us that allow us to contribute something special to the world. We tend to take these abilities for granted but it’s time to start thinking of your strengths and talents as your own super powers!
An amazing resource for identifying your core strengths is Tom Rath’s book, StrengthsFinder 2.0. A life-changing book for us, it was amazingly powerful to see our unique abilities on paper, allowing us to put into words what we could before only sense and feel, let alone explain. Pick up a copy and discover your strengths! It will change your perspective in a big way!
Write a mission: Businesses do it all the time and for good reason. Something truly powerful happens when you put your purpose into writing. Suddenly doors open to you and opportunities just show up. Where there was once struggle and never-ending challenge, now there seems to be a shift in energy and things flow easily and effortlessly. Putting pen to paper focuses your subconscious in a specific and targeted direction, declaring to the universe your desires and ultimate goal. Nothing screams authenticity like putting your mission in writing.
The Soul Sisters