Sometimes you find yourself doing things and you have no better ways to explain why. Why did you decide to take up the job? Why did you yell at your colleague? Also, why did you argue with your siblings about something you don’t even care about? Why did you choose not to sleep on the bed but on the floor? Our subconscious controls a huge amount of our behaviour and thus, the reason behind many of our decisions in life.

Therefore, as you keep up with everything going on in your life, there are times you look into the mirror and find it difficult to recognise yourself. Then, you’d ask questions like, “why did I do this? How did it end up like this?” Oh no, it is not your fault! All you need to do is to take time to understand yourself and who you are.

The better you understand yourself, the easier it will be to steer your life in the right direction. Also, when you understand yourself, you’d know the 5W’s and H analysis of you. That is, what works for you, when it works for you, why it worked for you, who will work with you, where it will work for you and how to go about it.

Here are some questions to ask to understand yourself better.

  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  • What are the top five words that describe your personality?
  • Do you work better alone or in a busy environment?
  • Are you comfortable taking risks?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • Are you a morning or a night person?
  • Do you say yes when you mean no and vice versa?
  • Who makes you feel energised and better or exhausted and depleted?
  • Do you take responsibility for your mistakes?
  • Do you give up easily?
  • During emergencies, do you calmly respond to it or you tend not to know what to do?
  • Why do you prefer to please others rather than hitting the nail on the head?
  • How can you utilise my potentials?
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When it comes to understanding yourself, no one can do it better than you. Although, it may take time to recognise all of your personality characteristics, what you do value and even your life journey, there are many ways shown that allow you to become aware of who you are.

So, truthfully answer the questions and utilise the answers. It will lead you to a road of positive self-discovery which can benefit you for the rest of your life.

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