Saturday, 13 April 2013

Looking Through the Glass

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”- Steve Jobs
We look in the mirror all the time but yet after looking in the mirror for five minutes we're still left wondering, 'Am I attractive or not?' And still have no clue. And it's not the case that we all assume that we're beautiful, right?"

Who are you? No, it’s not a trick question and I am not asking for your name. I am also not asking for your résumé, marital status, or life history. Those things may be a reflection of who you are, but my question goes a little deeper than that.

I’m asking how well you actually know yourself as a person. In other words, who are you underneath all the trappings and titles? What do you see when you look at your very core? Who is that inner person walking around in your body, doing your job, and managing your life? How would you describe your true self?

Self-knowledge is practically impossible to attain, we're all biased creatures, especially when it comes to the face in the mirror. But you can achieve greater objectivity and insight by tuning into a few tested principles––and relying on the feedback of others.
People know their inner thoughts and emotions, but most people lack the ability to judge whether they possess desirable and undesirable characteristics. When it comes to traits like intelligence, goodness and attractiveness, others may know us much better than we know ourselves. That doesn't mean our friends are experts on us -- we often overestimate how much people can tell about our inner thoughts and emotions. For example, you may be scared to death on a first date, but you probably have the ability to mask most of your nervous energy. But when it comes to an objective point of view on how you present yourself, then your closest friends may be the authorities.  

To be yourself, and be at peace with yourself, you must truly know yourself. Getting in touch with your true self is not usually as straightforward as we might like. The reason for this is because the real you likes to play hide and seek with your conscious mind. Our ego has a way of disguising our true self, so it requires some effort to unveil it.

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