Welcome to part 2 of a 3 week series focused on how to find yourself, specifically how to find yourself without spending a ton of time and energy travelling, backpacking, and staying in hostels. There’s nothing wrong with that but most of us can’t! Truly, you can find yourself without it.
Last week we dove into what introspection means and how to apply it. If you missed it, you can go here to read up on the subject and possibly participate in the assignments at the end before you broach the following.
A quick recap for those of you who did read last week and did the assignments, we discussed that introspection:
Supports personal development & growth
Creates clarity & promotes quick decision making
I hope you did the assignments for last week: journal, practice being still, and become more aware of your thoughts; how’d you do? Feel free to message me and we can discuss areas of improvement if need be.
This week we will deeply discover ourselves by using the following journal prompts. You’ll dive even further than last week since last week was fairly surface oriented, but it’s still important to get and stay in the habit of journaling nevertheless. Until you can peer inward on command and know exactly how you feel, why, and how to react, you will need to journal until you can begin to create or notice associations and patterns. Over time with repetition, this will help you cultivate clarity, skim the fat from your decision making processes, and help you create a more concise path for your life.
Over the next seven days, pick at least one question a day to answer. You can answer it as minimally or as immensely as you’d like. A good rule of thumb, though, is after you’ve answered the question, see if you can go deeper. Here’s an example:
Prompt: Have you ever done something you feared?
Deeper answer: Yes, I swam in a river in a foreign country in the middle of a jungle. There were tarantulas on the trail leading to the river and bats in the cave.
Even deeper answer: Deeper answer + I don’t know that I would do that again. Maybe when I travel again it will be to a first world country where there aren’t deadly repercussions for wandering off the beaten path.
It would be even better if the person answered this question by discussing a big life decision like going to college, leaving a long term relationship, or going into business for themselves, but it is a good example of what I mean by going to deeper when answering these questions.
So, without further ado, here are the prompts that should help you get closer to yourself. Remember you don't have to answer both. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or revelations!
When were you last happiest? Why?
What was the most courageous thing you've done and why did you consider it courageous?
How happy are you with your life path thus far?
Do you have one goal for this year? What is it and why?
What are the top three most defining points in your life? Why? What is the most defeating thought you have? How could you change the thought?
What did you do when you were younger that you loved but you don’t do anymore?
On a daily basis, what would your ideal day consist of?
What do you want to be known for? Why and are you doing anything toward it?
Is there something holding you back from getting that one thing you want most?
Do you know how to relax? How do you know?
Do you know how to love yourself? Do you do it often?
Do you have any bad habits? What are they and do you want to get rid of it?
Where do you see yourself in 6 months?
Naturally, you can create your own questions as well, but this is a good start to get you moving inward to get to know yourself better. I’m here if you need help and if you follow Ready. Balance. on social media, you will see the questions I’m answering for that day and my answer to them all week! Follow along and you can certainly post your own answers in the comments. Happy journaling!