Know yourself was proclaimed by the Greek philosopher centuries ago.
had been emphasized by psychologists in every age, and it is the basis of all
successful living. Yet how many of us really know ourselves? The average man
knows more about his car then he knows about himself. It is essential to
consider the resources we have for the task of living. Let us begin by asking
ourselves some questions.
is my reason for being alive? Am I just
taking up space on earth or do I have a
purpose in life? Am I the sort of person who lives from day to day without any
real peace of mind or happiness?
do I hope to achieve in life? Is my aim just to make money? Is my aim to find
satisfaction in my job? Am I aiming to make some contribution to the world for
the privilege of living? It is essential in getting to know ourselves to face
up to our basic aim.
3. Have I a programme? What steps have
I mapped out to achieve the one thing that matters? Have I made progress so far
towards my goal? If I do not seem to be making
any progress, what is the reason? Have I kept my aim clearly in front of me? Am
I perhaps aiming too high?
resources have I to achieve my aim? I have my personality, I am unique – there
is no one else in the world quite like me, and that means that no one makes the
same contribution that I alone can make.
What special talents do I possess? I must not ignore any special gifts
nor must I exaggerate them. Many people deceive themselves precisely here. Take
a paper and pencil and write down as clearly as you can the resources you
possess for achieving your aim.
is my attitude towards other people? Are my relationships with my family members,
my fellow workers and my friends really satisfactory? If not, how much of it is
my fault? Do I really care about other people as much as I expect them to care
about me? Am I hesitant about meeting people? Do I approach others with
interest in what they do and what they feel?
I happy? If I am unhappy or afraid what is the reason? It is essential to be
honest with ourselves. Many people carry with them frustrations and hurts
because they do not want to face up to their fears and unhappiness. Be definite.
It may be of help to write down the answers.
must be prepared to accept ourselves as we really are. Accept your
possibilities and resources and don’t belittle them. It is also important to
accept our limitations and not pretend they don’t exist. This searching self –
analysis will help us to find a new serenity.