An Exercise in Self-Discovery

I’m a list person.

Lists make my heart happy. They keep me organized and allow me to think through #allthedetails in a logical way.

I guess you could say that lists are my strength.

The question, then, is how to use that strength in an exercise of self-discovery.

Recently I’ve been feeling somewhat aimless. I’m doing things. Good things. Things that make me a better me. But to what end?

What is the goal of all these seemingly good things that I am doing?
Who am I helping?
Who am I making a difference for?
What is my purpose in this world?

That’s where my list-building strength comes in. I’ve created a list of questions for self-reflection– questions that should aid in this whole self-discovery thing.

We can’t really grow and change and set this world on fire if we don’t take the time to critically think about who we are and what magic we are meant to release on this world.

So in my neat and orderly Amanda sorta way I’ve created this list of questions.

  • Where do I get energy from?
  • What am I good at?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What makes me happy?
  • What activities do I enjoy?
  • What am I comfortable with?
  • It is important for me to..
  • What matters to me?
  • What are some characteristics and activities of my ideal day?
  • What words come to mind when others think of me? (collaborative discussion question)
  • What do I get frustrated by?
  • What do I have no tolerance for?
  • What beliefs and assumptions hold me back?
  • What are my energy vampires?
  • What causes me anxiety?
  • What am I afraid of?
  • What am I not good at?
  • What are my blind spots? (collaborative discussion question)
  • What accomplishments am I really proud of and why?
  • What are the hardest things I’ve ever done and why? (physical and non-physical)
  • Create a “life list”.

I’ve already started working through this list. Some sections I have quite a few bullet points, and others, I’m still sorta clueless.

I plan to print out my list in it’s current state and take it with me on my grand adventure. With all that time for reflection I’m hoping to find some clarity.

Doing good things and bettering myself is obviously a good thing. But I want more. I want to make a difference. I want to make a positive contribution to this world and know that my goodness and magic meant something for someone.

I invite you to join me.

Take this list and make it your own. Edit, add, subtract– whatever makes the most sense for you and where you are in your journey. But take some quiet time– some time for self-reflection, ask yourself the hard questions, and fill it out. Future you will thank you for it. Guaranteed.

♥amanda maureen

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