Most of us know a lot about other people, but we don’t know ourselves well. If we don’t know ourselves, we can’t live our best lives. Since we are the only ones we have to live with, we must know ourselves. How well do you know yourself? Our ability to grow as a person is often determined by how much we have learned about ourselves due to our life circumstances and experiences.
What excites you
It is important to know which situations and circumstances give you energy, whether time with friends or reading a good book. When you feel positive, you will be more motivated to seek out new experiences, whatever they may be for you.
You procrastinate because...
We all procrastinate from time to time. It happens to everyone from time to time, but understanding what causes you to put off big and important tasks is essential to ensuring you get them done.
The Privilege you enjoy
It’s OK to complain about life events and circumstances, but if you do so without considering your own privilege at the outset –and understanding that many people are much less fortunate than you are — you won’t be able to create a more equitable world for future generations
What you need in a relationship
People have things that are non-negotiable in a relationship, whether that’s dating someone who shares the same work ethic or coupling with a person who doesn’t want children. If you want to have a truly positive relationship, you must understand your key priorities.
The way you deal with stress
Do you run and hide under a blanket whenever a stressful situation arises, or do you become hyperproductive and burn yourself out? Knowing how you cope with stressful situations will allow you to develop healthier coping mechanisms and habits to keep calm.
This is not just a good question to answer in an interview. Knowing the things you can improve (impatience, negativity, etc.) will help you develop and grow as a person.
You should also know what you are really, really good at. What makes you stand out from the crowd? What skills do you have – whether in the office or in your personal life – that makes you unique? You should be proud of many of the things you do, so own up to them and celebrate them!
Your love language
Researchers believe there are five love languages, and each describes how a person gives and receives love. The languages, developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, include acts of service, receiving gifts, time to oneself, words of affirmation and physical touch. Finding out which category you fall into will help you navigate relationships and make your communication successful.
Why you no longer listen
It’s perfectly normal for people to tune out repeatedly during conversations – it happens! But if you know what distracts you, you can do two things: first, learn when to force your brain to focus on details so you do not miss them; second, learn more about what your brain finds interesting.
Are you a morning or evening person?
Last but not least, we should know when we are in our best mental state. The creative juices flow best in the morning for some people, while others work best at night. By figuring out what makes sense for you, you can tailor your schedule to the times of day when you feel more productive and ready to tackle complex tasks.