A journey to reach self-knowledge

Reaching self-knowledge is a task that requires effort, time, great motivation and discipline. Some practices that can lead us to this state of self-awareness are working on meditation, acceptance and taking responsibility. It is necessary to perform a conscious and sustained exercise in order to reflect on who we are and who we want to be. If we focus on our present, writing about our past, how we feel and what we hope for the future can also be a great tool for self-knowledge.

There are some questions we can ask ourselves to guide us more easily towards the path of self-knowledge::

How do I feel about my past?
How do I feel in the present?
What are the qualities I like most about myself?
How do I feel about the people around me?
How do I usually react to stress?
What are the things that disappoint me the most?
In what things do I feel I should improve?
What are the things I really like?
What do I look forward to in the future?
What would I like my life to be like?

These and other questions can be key guides in reflecting on ourselves, in order to move forward and forget our contextual limitations. Writing down the answers to these questions will help us to get a little closer to self-knowledge. But always remember that you should use this information to improve your present.


The importance of self-knowledge

As you can imagine, self-knowledge is key to psychological well-being. Knowing oneself allows us to know what we want in life, whether in big projects or in day-to-day life. It also allows us to know how to better manage our emotions even in the most difficult situations. In addition, self-knowledge is closely related to emotional intelligence, since knowing how to interpret our emotions is related to self-reflection and improved mental health.

On the other hand, knowing oneself is also very important for personal development. This helps us to set realistic goals and know how to identify where we are in our life trajectory. For this reason it is essential in some stages of life where we have many doubts. In short, improving self-knowledge will help us to take care of our general well-being.

Tips to improve self-knowledge
Self-knowledge is not easy, as it requires motivation, will and time. If you want to improve your well-being and get to know yourself in depth, here are some tips to help you achieve it.

Write down your virtues, passions and defects.
Many people have never reflected on their strengths and weaknesses before. To do this, list all the virtues and defects that you discover. This will help you think about who you are and what your qualities are. Do the same with your hobbies. This will help you improve your self-motivation and happiness.

Write a diary
Writing a diary helps us to know ourselves better. It is good because we think about what we have done during the day and how we have felt. In addition, re-reading it will give us feedback on how we are. You only have to dedicate 10 minutes before going to sleep.

Attend an Emotional Intelligence workshop.
Emotional intelligence helps to manage emotions to intervene on performance and success in life. Therefore, to improve self-knowledge you can attend an emotional intelligence course. This will give you the necessary tools to know yourself better.

Ask someone to describe you
For better self-knowledge, ask a friend to describe you as he or she sees you. You will be able to get an idea of the image you project.

Choose coaching
Another alternative to improve your self-awareness is with the help of a coach. This specialized psychologist will accompany you in the process of personal discovery, getting a more realistic view of your emotions and your life.

Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness improves self-awareness and allows you to learn to be in the present with a mindset of acceptance and compassion.


Which career to choose?

Every student reaches a point in his or her life when he or she must consider, at the secondary level, what he or she wants for his or her future. Many think about a profession, doing tasks that interest them, and others, surely, think about the lifestyle they want to have along the way, which will be a determining factor that will lead them to choose a university study that is consistent with the economic level they want to obtain.

In this sense, it is important to insist on something fundamental before choosing a profession or university career: research. This means that beforehand, it is necessary to inquire about the course of study, the subjects, the duration of the career, the scope of the degree, and the most relevant thing, the labor field in which the profession can be developed.

Beyond that, the students of a university career must be aware that the study alone does not make money appear by magic, and that is why the effort and the attitude in a job will be fundamental at the moment of ascending or of obtaining good economic results in a profession.


Some advantages

  • Studying a university degree will help develop your professional career and general culture. No matter what career you choose, in the years you spend in college you will learn about unfamiliar subjects, talk to people with other points of view and learn to structure your arguments and opinions well. You will acquire tools that will be very useful throughout your life.
  • With a university degree (bachelor’s or master’s) you will generally start earning a higher salary than a person without these studies. So, even if you start working a couple of years later, it will be worth the wait financially.
  • You will have more opportunities to grow in the organization where you are hired. Unfortunately, for some managerial or executive positions, a bachelor’s or master’s degree is required. 
  • Student life is fun! Of course, this is a serious decision that you don’t have to take lightly. And you will have to consider serious arguments. But don’t forget that your time at university can be the most fun time of your life. You meet a lot of new people, have free time to spend on hobbies, travel and yes, why not, go for a beer with friends from time to time.
  • If you decide to take a «break» from studies and go back to school a year or two later, there is a risk: that you will never ever go back. You’ll probably get used to having a little more income, more freedom, and lose the habit of reading and studying hard. It can be hard to start up again after a year without books and discipline.