The second recommendation I wanna make is that you begin with self-knowledge and as the year progresses, maintain it as one of your permanent, self-evolving goals.
To set a course on your GPS, before you can enter the destination, you first have to enter your current location, and then the GPS gives you directions and a route to follow most of the time, there are a bunch of options and you can take whichever route you feel will be most ideal for your journey.
It’s the same with every other area of our life.
To make real progress in any area of life, you’ve got to first get a handle on where you stand. You have to know and understand yourself – your values, beliefs, aspirations, motivations, the whole shebang. And here’s a kicker – a survey conducted not the subject revealed that while most of us think we’re pretty self-aware, the truth is only about 10-15% of us have a solid grip on it.
Now, remember how we talked about miswanting? A big reason we fall into that trap is because we lack self-knowledge.
When you don’t have a clear picture of what truly matters to you, you end up chasing goals that only give you that surface-level buzz either that or you find yourself feeling lost, lacking meaning in life – it’s one of the reasons why purpose and meaning are searched for in YouTube videos and online articles when you should be looking for them within yourself.
So, work on establishing a deep understanding of your values, strengths, weaknesses, and your true desires. When you know yourself well, you can leverage your strengths and address your weaknesses, making your goals more attainable and realistic.
To help with this, I have created a quiz, called the ‘EmoPersona’ quiz that will help you understand yourself a little bit better. It is a great starting point.