In a guest post we did for Daily Muse, we wrote about how we see self-love. Today, we begin a series of blog posts to help you love yourself. There are many roads to self-love, but there are a few things you can do to connect with it, and the only way is to really know who you are. We will give you the tools to get to know yourself better in the coming weeks.
Understanding who you are at the core, and knowing your true preferences, and the reasons for your choices, is not as easy as it seems, because getting to know yourself is a process. It takes time. To get you on that road, ask yourself these questions:
- What do you like?
- Do you like something simply because someone else likes it?
- Do you look to others for advice for every decision you make?
- When you make a decision, is it what you want, or is it a decision that is aligned with someone else’s preference?
- What are your values?
- Are your choices representative of those values?
Looking closer at your likings and examining your decisions is just the beginning of self-discovery. It is important because if you say yes to every invitation or every request without proper consideration, you may end up doing things you don’t like and making decisions that are not aligned with your values.
For now, just keep this in mind: if you do the right thing for you–not necessarily what seems right to others–you will begin to make decisions that lead to a more authentic life. And you cannot make a mistake. Every decision you make paves the way for personal growth. Knowing yourself, and doing what is right for you, is the beginning of self-love.