Tackling modern day problems with age old wisdom
January 15, 2021
“It all starts with a tiny, stupid idea, then one thing leads to another, and suddenly, you find something amazing: yourself.” -Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid.
One of the most important aspects of self-improvements is getting a better grip on who you are. Sadly, it is possible to go through life never having a thorough understanding. That still should not stop you from trying.
During our teen years, we go through life trying to get a handle on who we are. Like most of our life, it is a journey of self discovery.
You try different things and join different social circles, seeing what truly meshes with your personality and who you want to become. However, as we age, those aspects can change again. You may switch career paths, start a family or win some big time prize.
Because we change with our circumstances, personal discovery is a lifelong process.
The person you are today may not be the person you are tomorrow.
Its pretty incredible when you think about it. Though your major personality traits may not change overnight, with continuous conditioning and different environments, you will change.
Which is why the exercises you did in the past should always be repeated years later. If you were to keep a record (journal), you would be able to tell where you increased and where you decreased in terms of self-improvement.
With that said, let’s complete an exercise that we won’t be able to finish any time soon, but will set the foundations for our comparison down the line.
List your present top 3-5 strengths in terms of personality. Now, list your worst 3-5 personality traits. Then, 3 areas that you would like to work on in your interactions with others or your environment. And 3 areas that you feel you have improved on greatly. Last, list 3 things or people that you can’t live without (food, water, air are already included).
For myself, my strengths are outgoing, confident, determined, ambitious, independent. My worst traits are sensitive, can become introverted, bad temper, strict. The areas I would like to work on more are organization, finding time to rest, stopping myself from trying to tackle the problems of the world. The areas I have improved on greatly are (yet again) organization, finding time to clean up, taking steps to live healthier. I can’t live without God, family, my dog.
My list gives a snapshot of who I am and what is important to me, as well as some insight into the paths I can take in the future.
Making these lists gives you incredible insights to who you are at this present time.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” -Aristotle
Sometimes a small amount of time spent doing the right thing can yield big results.