Rediscovering Yourself

New year, new you…right? By now, you’ve heard that phrase about 22,000 times and we’re only a week into the new year! Well what if we don’t need to completely reinvent ourselves, but simply rediscover ourselves? Let’s flip the script a little and work with what we’ve got! Often, we hear about needing to rediscover ourselves after something bad happens, like a breakup or the loss of a loved one. But I think it’s good practice to actively set time aside to rediscover ourselves and check in every once in a while even when things are going great. And what better time than at the start of this new decade? (Aren’t you ready for people to stop with that joke already? 😉).

Do a life audit
First things first, we have to assess your current situation. What’s been working and what hasn’t? What aspects of your present routine could be improved? This would be a great time to take out one of those pretty little notebooks you bought and still haven’t used. Make a list of what has been making you happy and things you wish could be different. This will serve as a jumping off point to take action in the right direction!
 
Remember your childhood dreams
In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, it’s easy to blend into our monotonous environments and forget the wide eyed, rambunctious kids we once were. If you’re feeling out of touch with who you are, it could be helpful to reflect back on who you were at different phases of your life. Back when idealism was your default, and anything seemed possible. Look through old pictures, reread old diary entries. Anything that will shed light on what you value and reignite a sense of you.
 
Start with why
Simon Sinek, one of my favorite though leaders is the king of this concept. His main point is that a good business should exist, not simply to make a profit, but for a specific purpose. All initiatives and activities taken by the company should serve the why. This philosophy easily translates to how we live our lives. What is the motivation for what we do? What are we really fighting for here? Reassess your core values and think about how they do and don’t manifest in your actions. If one of your core values is empathy, then make sure every decision you make is a step to promote empathy in yourself and others…picking up what I’m throwing down 😏?


 

Pinpoint your passion(s)
You’ve got a job to do, bills to pay, deadlines to meet, and emails to answer with hardly any time to get even six hours of sleep in. It’s no wonder we can lose sight of what we’re really passionate about when we have so much on our plates! But what do you find yourself spending time doing when you really don’t have time to spare? That might give you insight into what you’re really passionate about. Or you can try writing down the most joyful part of your day for 30 days. Then find the patterns in what makes you the happiest and what skills you use in those moments. And if all else fails, as Terri Trespicio says in her TED Talk, just start doing – to live a life of meaning and value, you don’t follow your passion, your passion follows you!

Revisit your goals
The last time you had one of these little check-ins with yourself, what goals did you map out? Now that you’ve done a little rediscovery of yourself, are those goals still applicable? Are they in process? Or do they have to be revised for the curveballs life has thrown at you since you first set them. If you want detailed help in goal setting, we’ve got you covered 😌. Just remember you can pivot your career, your relationships, and your life in any which way you choose as long as you follow through on the plans you make to improve them!

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How are you rediscovering yourself this year? Let us know by commenting below!


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