How to Learn About You
One of the reasons I think we all struggle to find what we are passion about is because we don’t really know ourselves. Yep, this is about to get real deep, so buckle in. Apparently, there have been studies on this. Loads of people were tested and according to the study, your co-workers are more likely to know how your personality will affect your performance at work than you are. Yes, your co-workers are more likely to know stuff about how you work than you do. How?! Well because we are all slightly biased about ourselves really, aren’t we.The science of knowing ourselves is called ‘self-knowledge’ — yep it’s an actual thing.
We all have a sense of self and it starts from a really young age. An eighteen month old human would be able to tell that they are looking at themselves in a mirror and that it’s not another baby staring back at them. By four we know what gender we are, by six we can associate traits with ourselves i.e. a six year old might say ‘I am a nice person’. Why is it then we get to twenty-five and say “I don’t know what I’m good at”, “I don’t know if this job is right for me”, “I don’t know where I fit” — is it because we’ve forgotten what we learnt all those years ago?I think it’s maybe because we neglect to question ourselves. We neglect to track, test, learn and implement. We do the same things day in day out and we expect different results — the very definition of insanity.The proposal?
Track yourself. Ask yourself what you like and what you don’t like about work. How can you expect to know the job you will be excellent at if you don’t track what makes a good day and what makes a shit one. You will enviability forget how you feel if you don’t.A few years ago, when I was just starting to research all this stuff I used an app called Daylio. It’s brilliant. It asks you to rate your day on how good or bad it is and then you need to input what activities happened that day. Really we are all a sum of our habits. If we keep doing the same habits we will continue to get frustrated that we’ve not found our passion.
Originally published at https://www.careerhealth.info on February 22, 2020.