Six Ways to find out Who You Are

 

Are you working hard to make a living, keep on top of the housework, care for your kids, spend time with your significant other? Do you fall into bed exhausted, get up and start it all again the next day?

If you don’t mind me asking, ‘Who are you?’ ‘Do you know?’

Have the years flown so swiftly, you have trouble knowing how old you are never mind who you are? I love the old joke about the kid who suggested her aunt could find out what age she was by checking the label in her knickers. According to mine, I’m 12-14!

It’s so easy to lose sight of who we are. Not our name, nor our designation, but who we are as a person: how we feel;  what we think; what’s important to us, and how to show these things in the way we live our life. It can get buried under layers of ‘doing’ instead of ‘being’.

Sometimes we try to be the person someone else wants us to be. Or we might rebel and become someone we don’t want to be rather than conform to type. Either way, we’re not being our true self.

So, if you feel you’ve kinda lost the real you, that inner person you’d like to get to know, here are my suggestions for finding out who you are:

1. Ask someone else. The trouble with that is a) they may only tell you what they think you want to hear, and that may or may not be helpful, or b) they may tell you what you really don’t want to hear, loaded with criticism and complaints.

2. Look yourself up in ‘Who’s Who?’ This method may work if you’re reasonably famous but pretty useless if you’re not. If you happen to be listed there, it will tell you your parentage, your accomplishments and what job you currently hold – but you probably know them already since you probably compiled the listing. What it won’t tell you is who you really are – that elusive real you that you’ve lost sight of.

3. Google yourself. This will give you similar results to number 2 above – except possibly not the parentage bit and stuff like that. You’re unlikely to find out anything you didn’t already know about yourself.

4. Do quizzes in women’s magazines; read books about what you should wear – what colours, what styles depending on your colouring or body shape; watch tv programmes about such subjects too. Interesting, a little more illuminating, but still only superficial.

5. Complete personality profiling questionnaires. Ah, now we’re getting somewhere! At least they look deeper than the colour of your hair, your eyes or your skin. You can find out if you are an introvert or an extrovert, shy or confident. But, the answers will only be as accurate as you want them to be. Why do I say that? Well, because you are the one filling out the questionnaire. Your answers will be skewed by your experiences in life. Were you constantly shamed for being ‘too loud’? That’s surely going to affect how you answer the questions relating to whether you’re introvert or extrovert.

So this is where it gets interesting for me.

I found a profiling system that does not rely on questionnaires or colours. It is based on facial profiling and energy profiling – your basic bone structure and related facial characteristics, as well as how you move through life – areas that remain almost totally unaffected by the circumstances of our life.

6. Energy Profiling: Now, I could write paragraph after paragraph explaining this method of finding yourself, but I’d never manage to do it as well as its promotor, Carol Tuttle does when she says, “My gift is to help you see and love who you really are. Many resources can help you find yourself. But as a pioneer in personal development over 20 years, I’ve seen that Energy Profiling is the clearest, most practical way to transform your relationships, family, and life.”

In this profiling system it is explained that there are four types of energy and, although we embody all four, we each lead with one predominant energy. So which of the 4 Energy Types are you? If you’re interested to find out, here’s a link to Carol Tuttle’s Free Energy Profiling course. I can highly recommend it. It’s illuminating and helpful.

Perhaps it’s time for you to find out who you really are.

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