Unless we consciously choose to go inward so as to know ourselves, we will continue to miss out on the development of our purpose, self-confidence, and self-compassion. And when we fail to know ourselves we are less likely to be empathetic, which in turn means we will fail to develop trustworthy relationships at work and in our life.
“People try to get away from it all—to the country, to the beach, to the mountains … Which is idiotic: you can get away from it anytime you like. By going within. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful—more free of interruptions—than your own soul.”
~ Marcus Aurelius
Here are 5 heart-centric ways of courageously looking at your “self,” so as to gain insight into who you are, so that you can take action and stand fully in who you were meant to be, and remain in the flow of doing and being.
- Introspection- a reflective or confessional way of looking at your past experiences (as a way to move forward)
- Interaction- an exploration of experiences, regarding self and others to find shared meaning in these relationships (as a way to connect more deeply)- connecting the unconnected
- Invitation- asking others (you trust) to comment upon your experiences and your “self” so as to collaboratively explore meaning (as a way to expand your presence)
- Imbalance- honestly identifying where and when your mind overrules your heart (not to blame, but as a way to recognize truth)
- Irony- intentionally looking at situations, and outcomes in a contrary or unexpected way (as a way of gaining insight)
These heart-centric self-awareness strategies can help guide you to hear your heart’s message and re-establish yourself as the leader of your life.