Your Journey of Self-Discovery
Self-Discovery is a lifelong exploration of our inner self. It gives us clarity in terms of who we are and what we seek to achieve in the future. Understanding our purpose, passions, capabilities, and motivations will guide us towards opportunities that elicit a more enriching and rewarding lifestyle.
The process of self-discovery can be broken down into the following segments:
Exploration: Delve into your past attitudes and behaviors and how they might affect the person you are today.
Self-Awareness: Identify what currently makes you tick, including your passions, desires, skills, and personal values.
Your Ideal Self: Visualize where you are now and where you see yourself in 3 years? 5? 10? Continuously ask yourself what you want from life.
Execution: Establish concrete goals and objectives to make your vision a reality. Have faith you can and will succeed.
Start your journey with these simple steps.
(1) Be your best friend and advocate. Make it a priority to focus on your personal and professional development as you journey through your life.
(2) Let us be a guide. Use the daily prompts on our website homepage to help you gain greater insights into your past, present, and future. Respond to Today’s Prompt under Time for You. You can find a newly updated prompt by googling us at Smart Strategies for Successful Living.
(3) Maintain some form of written record to clarify and memorialize your responses. A “self-discovery” journal might do the trick. Be sure to date each entry for future reference.
(4) Remember…this is a journey of a lifetime. As you go from one stage in life to another, your responses will likely change along with your hopes and dreams.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung
This is your adventure to self-realization and empowerment.
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Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living
Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College, a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University and on the Board for LEARN Idaho. Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.