Getting to know who you truly are is definitely a journey — one that takes many years and a lot of hard work — but it’s worth it.
Everything changes when you have a deep sense of your own individuality. Once you get to that point, you realize you can do pretty much anything and it feels amazing.
1. IT GIVES YOU FREEDOM.
You’re no longer wrapped up in self-absorbed worries and insecurities. This frees up all your time and energy to focus elsewhere. It’s a big, wonderful world, and there’s so much to see, experience and accomplish. You now know what you want. All that’s left is to go out and get it.
2. YOU REALIZE THAT THE ONLY LIMITS ARE THE ONE YOU PUT ON YOURSELF.
Doing the work to get to know yourself teaches you a lot. It’s not always comfortable — in fact, it’s often scary. Once you overcome the limits you put on your life, you realize that all that’s holding you back is fear of failure. If you decide not to let it take charge of your life anymore, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.
3. WHEN YOU LET GO OF FEAR, YOU CAN TRULY FLY.
It’s absolutely true, but it’s the hardest truth you’ll ever have to realize. Fear is extremely powerful, especially if it’s dominated the majority of your life. Think about everything you didn’t do in life because you were afraid. Then think of something you did in spite of a fear. How did that make you feel? Most likely you felt empowered and accomplished. Remember that next time you’re afraid.
4. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO.
Letting go of fears and rigid ideas frees you to see your life in a different light. You might end up somewhere you never thought you’d be, but as long as you’re following your heart, you’ll be just fine. Suddenly you know exactly what you need to do and where you need to be. When you stop letting fear and insecurity block your true feelings, you’ll be surprised at what you discover.
5. DECISIONS SUDDENLY BECOME CLEAR.
You begin trying new activities and hobbies. You say “yes” to every opportunity. You might not stick with everything you try, but the important thing is that you’ve begun experimenting. You are rediscovering a zest for life and the joy of exploration. This clears the way to make the right decisions. When something no longer feels right, you now know better than to cling to it.
6. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU STAND FOR AND BELIEVE.
In the past, your opinions were overshadowed by fear of criticism and an inherent sense of self-doubt. You were afraid to speak up because you had no grounded sense of yourself. That’s no longer an issue. When you know who you are, you know what you stand for, what you care about, and what you believe. You don’t care who likes it or what anyone thinks of it. You understand that life is too short not to be yourself.
7. YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY.
First and foremost, you’ve already gained a great deal of happiness just by coming into your own. This encourages you to keep pushing ahead to greater and higher levels. You’ll continue to make changes in your life, both large and small, that advance your happiness and the happiness of others. You’ll only win by doing so!
8. IT TEACHES YOU TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.
You’ve spent long enough worrying about the needs and wants of others. You’ve bent and accommodated and shifted your entire life. It’s time to stand up for yourself and what you need. You’ll no longer pretend that you’re okay with stuff that bothers you and you will no longer stay silent while others hurt and slight you. You’ll speak up and you will stand up and you will be the pillar of power that you were always meant to be.
9. SUDDENLY THE WORLD OPENS UP FOR YOU.
It’s your oyster, to use a dorky and tired old saying. What does that even mean? Anyway, now that you see the world in a positive light instead of a negative one, possibilities and opportunities appear everywhere. You aren’t afraid to speak up for what you want. You aren’t afraid to go out and get it. You’re a powerhouse and you won’t let anything stand in your way.
10. YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO SAY “YES” TO YOUR LIFE.
When you finally know yourself, you no longer bend to doubts and worries. You embrace your life head-on with open arms and you say “yes” to anything and everything that you can. You now see life as an adventure full of options instead of a scary and bleak road to trudge along. It’s amazing how a simple perspective shift changes your entire existence.
—by Amy Horton.