“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Self Discovery is a lifelong journey of exploration through our inner self, trying to discover who we are, our potential, our purpose in life, and what core principles are guiding us to take different paths along the way. The journey starts with self-awareness then explores personal interests as well as hopes and dreams for the future. The journey eventually leads us to self-knowledge which will enable us to guide ourselves towards situations and experiences in which we will thrive.
Self-discovery is a fundamental component of personal growth. Since we are all different in the way we think, feel, act, learn, and perceive the world, it is beneficial to take the time to reflect in order to gain a better insight into ourselves. Self discovery is a way for us to explore our individual personalities, natural preferences, values, beliefs, preferred styles and tendencies. The ultimate destination of this journey is finding out who we are and what makes use unique.
“We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.” – TS Eliot
The process of self-discovery is one in which a person is guided, through self-questioning and examination of one’s own thoughts, words, and actions, in order to reach his or her own conclusions regarding who they truly are. Through the process a person gains a deeper understanding of his or her own self, character, values, and purpose in life. He or she also becomes more aware of his or her potential.
The process of Self Discovery is broken down into four segments;
Self Awareness – Increasing understanding of who you are, your personal characteristics, your tendencies, your emotions, your needs, and your value.
Interest Awareness – Establishing your personal interests
Hopes and Dreams – Listing your hopes and dreams for the future.
Career Discovery – Finding a career that corresponds to your personality and interest.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” – George Moore